34 episodes

Unravelling the mysteries behind classic detective stories

Shedunnit Caroline Crampton

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Unravelling the mysteries behind classic detective stories

    30. Teaching Sleuthing

    30. Teaching Sleuthing

    Detective fiction has always been regarded as a lesser kind of literature. So how do you teach it in a university?



    Find links to all the books and sources mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/teachingsleuthing.



    Special thanks today to my guest Dr Victoria Stewart. You can follow her on Twitter @verbivorial and order her book Crime Writing in Interwar Britain: Fact and Fiction in the Golden Age here.



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    Books and sources:

    —"Who Cares Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?" by Edmund Wilson

    —"The Purloined Letter" by Edgar Allen Poe

    —The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

    —The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

    —Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman by E.W.Hornung

    —Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles

    —The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

    —The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

    —The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers

    —Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers

    —"The Case of Agatha Christie" by John Lanchester in the London Review of Books



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    Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.

    • 19 min
    29. Victorian Pioneers

    29. Victorian Pioneers

    Decades before Miss Marple, there were Victorian lady sleuths taking on the world with their bloomers and their bicycles.



    Find links to all the books and sources mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/victorianpioneers.



    Special thanks today to my guest Olivia Rutigliano. You can follow her on Twitter @oldrutigliano and reader her recent article for Lapham's Quarterly "The Lady Is A Detective" here.



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    Books and sources:

    —The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime edited by Michael Sims

    —The Dead Witness: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Detective Stories edited by Michael Sims



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    • 24 min
    28. Let It Snow

    28. Let It Snow

    Snow is a very powerful tool for a detective novelist. It can create a sinister atmosphere, keep suspects and murderer stormbound, and preserve the footprints of anyone who dares to escape. What could be more seasonal or festive than that?



    Find links to all the books and sources mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/letitsnow.



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    Books and sources:

    —Murder on the Orient Express (1934) by Agatha Christie

    —Hercule Poirot's Christmas (1938) by Agatha Christie

    —Mystery in White  (1937) by J. Jefferson Farjeon

    —Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries  (2015) edited by Martin Edwards

    —The Sittaford Mystery  (1931) by Agatha Christie

    —The Nine Tailors  (1934) by Dorothy L. Sayers

    —"The Erymanthian Boar" in The Labours of Hercules  (1947) by Agatha Christie

    —An English Murder  (1951) by Cyril Hare

    —Death and the Dancing Footman  (1942) by Ngaio Marsh

    —Three Blind Mice and Other Stories  (1950) by Agatha Christie

    —Stairway to Murder (1959) by Osmington Mills

    —There Came Both Mist and Snow  (1940) by Michael Innes

    —The Sad Variety  (1964) by Nicholas Blake

    —Blood Upon the Snow  (1944) by Hilda Lawrence

    —The Slype (1927) by by Russell Thorndike

    — Hangman's Holiday  (1933) by Dorothy L. Sayers

    —Groaning Spinney / Murder in the Snow  (1950) by Gladys Mitchell

    —The Case of the Abominable Snowman (1941) by Nicholas Blake

    —Groaning Spinney / Murder in the Snow  (1950) by Gladys Mitchell

    —1222 (2011) by Anne Holt

    —The Snowman (2007) by Jo Nesbo

    —Whiteout (2011) by Ragnar Jonasson



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    • 21 min
    27. Competent Women

    27. Competent Women

    Anne Bedingfield, Emily Trefusis, Lucy Eyelesbarrow: why is it that Agatha Christie's adventurous, highly competent young women never get to become recurring sleuths?



    Find links to all the books and sources mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/competentwomen.



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    Books and sources:

    —Agatha Christie’s Complete Secret Notebooks by John Curran

    —The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie  by Charles Osborne

    —An Autobiography   by Agatha Christie

    —The Secret Adversary (1922) by Agatha Christie

    —The Man in the Brown Suit  (1924) by Agatha Christie

    —The Sittaford Mystery  (1931) by Agatha Christie

    —The Secret of Chimneys  (1925) by Agatha Christie

    —The Seven Dials Mystery  (1929) by Agatha Christie

    —The Mystery of the Blue Train  (1928) by Agatha Christie

    —Why Didn't They Ask Evans?  (1934) by Agatha Christie

    —They Came to Baghdad  (1951) by Agatha Christie

    —4.50 From Paddington  (1957) by Agatha Christie



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    • 19 min
    26. Notable Trials

    26. Notable Trials

    How did a legal history series become so well known that even Lord Peter Wimsey owned a set?



    Find links to all the books and sources mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/notabletrials.



    Special thanks today to my guest Dr Victoria Stewart. You can follow her on Twitter @verbivorial and order her book Crime Writing in Interwar Britain: Fact and Fiction in the Golden Age at here.



    Buy tickets to the first-ever Shedunnit live shows at shedunnitshow.com/events — I'll be in Dublin on 15 November 2019 and Birmingham on 1 February 2020.



    Become a member of the Shedunnit book club and get bonus audio, listen to ad free episodes and join a book-loving community at shedunnitshow.com/bookclub.



    Books and sources:

    —Strong Poison (1930) by Dorothy L. Sayers

    —A Pin To See The Peep Show  (1934) by F Tennyson Jesse

    —Portrait of Fryn: Biography of F.Tennyson Jesse  (1984) by Joanna Colenbrander

    —The Anatomy of Murder (1936) by The Detection Club

    —The Poisoned Chocolates Case  (1929) by Anthony Berkeley

    —Malice Aforethought  (1931) by Francis Iles

    —"Decline of the English Murder" (1946) by George Orwell

    —Death at the Opera  (1934) by Gladys Mitchell



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    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/notabletrialstranscript.



    Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.

    • 20 min
    25. The Mutual Admiration Society

    25. The Mutual Admiration Society

    One chilly night in November 1912, a group of young women gathered together to share their writing with each other. From that meeting, we got Peter Wimsey, Harriet Vane, and so much more besides.



    Find links to all the books and sources mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/mas.



    Special thanks today to my guest Mo Moulton, you can follow them on Twitter @hammock_tussock and order their book The Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers And Her Oxford Circle Remade The World For Women at Amazon, Waterstones, Hive or your local independent bookshop.



    Buy tickets to the first-ever Shedunnit live shows at shedunnitshow.com/events — I'll be in Dublin on 15 November 2019 and Birmingham on 1 February 2020.



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    Books and sources:

    —Mutual Admiration Society  by Mo Moulton

    —Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Live and Soul  by Barbara Reynolds

    —Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers

    —Have His Carcase  by Dorothy L. Sayers

    —Gaudy Night  by Dorothy L. Sayers

    —Busman's Honeymoon  by Dorothy L. Sayers



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    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/mastranscript.



    Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

Jen682 ,

Fabulous!!

A simply too too fabulous podcast for any fans of the 20s and 30s literary "Queens of Crime". With a transportive Jazz age soundtrack and Caroline Crampton's beautiful English accent, this podcast allows you to escape into those golden mystery years of the 20th century.

Victoria1922 ,

She’s got it!

Caroline Crampton has cracked the art of telling brilliantly fascinating stories as she dissects classic golden age detective fiction and the art of how each authors construct their mystery, characters, literary devices and includes interesting social historical details. I have joined the fan club for extra and was sent a vintage Dorothy L. Sayers book, and thoughtful postcards. The shedunnit Book Club members have access to a great chat with like minded people about a different golden era book each month. The themes change each podcast and the music is jazz era on-brand. I love Crampton’s beautiful English accent. It’s a podcast that is a deadly cut above the rest.

Trixie_Rippon ,

informative, well researched and entertaining

if golden age dectective fiction is your jam - this is the podcast for you

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