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Unravelling the mysteries behind classic detective stories

Shedunnit Caroline Crampton

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 580 Ratings

Unravelling the mysteries behind classic detective stories

    The Mysterious Dorothy Bowers

    The Mysterious Dorothy Bowers

    She wrote five successful murder mysteries and then vanished without a trace.
    Mentioned in this episode: 
    — Postscript to Poison by Dorothy Bowers
    — Shadows Before by Dorothy Bowers
    — A Deed Without A Name by Dorothy Bowers
    — Fear For Miss Betony by Dorothy Bowers
    — The Bells at Old Bailey by Dorothy Bowers
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    • 23 min
    The Advertising Adventures of Dorothy L. Sayers

    The Advertising Adventures of Dorothy L. Sayers

    She created Lord Peter Wimsey — and also some excellent slogans about mustard.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    — The Mutual Admiration Society by Mo Moulton
    — Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life And Soul by Barbara Reynolds
    — Dorothy L. Sayers: A Careless Rage for Life by David Coomes
    — Dorothy L. Sayers: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction by Eric Sandberg
    — Dorothy L. Sayers: A Biography by James Brabazon
    — Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers
    — Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers
    — "The Psychology of Advertising" by Dorothy L. Sayers in the Spectator
    — Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers
    — The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers
    — The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers
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    • 26 min
    Let It Snow (Replay)

    Let It Snow (Replay)

    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?
    This episode of Shedunnit first aired on 11th December 2019. Caroline is currently recovering from Covid; the next new episode will be in January 2023.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    —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
    —1222 (2011) by Anne Holt
    —The Snowman (2007) by Jo Nesbo
    —Whiteout (2011) by Ragnar Jonasson
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    • 22 min
    Howdunnit

    Howdunnit

    Invert everything you know about murder mysteries.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    — "The Case of Oscar Brodski” by R. Austin Freeman
    — The Mystery of 31, New Inn by R. Austin Freeman
    — The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman
    — John Thorndyke's Cases by R. Austin Freeman
    — "A Wastrel's Romance” by R. Austin Freeman
    — “The Art of the Detective Story” by R. Austin Freeman
    — The Adventures of Romney Pringle by Clifford Ashdown (aka R. Austin Freeman and John Pitcairn)
    — Inspecting Psychology by David Cohen
    — History of the Psychoanalytic Movement by Sigmund Freud
    — The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers
    — Speedy Death by Gladys Mitchell
    — The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
    — The “Florence Maybrick I” and “Florence Maybrick II” episodes of Shedunnit
    — The Wychford Poisoning Case by Anthony Berkeley
    — The Psychology of Anthony Berkeley episode of Shedunnit
    — Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles
    — The Case of the April Fools by Christopher Bush
    — The 12.30 from Croydon by Freeman Wills Crofts
    — Enter a Murderer by Ngaio Marsh
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    • 25 min
    Clerical Crimes

    Clerical Crimes

    Why do murder mysteries contain so many vicars?
    Mentioned in this episode:
    — Measuring religious affiliation in Great Britain by Clive D. Field
    — The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers
    — Death in Holy Orders by P.D. James
    — The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
    — Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers
    — Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie
    — “The Blue Cross” by G.K. Chesterton from The Innocence of Father Brown
    — Literary Distractions by Ronald Knox
    — The Cadfael Chronicles by Ellis Peters
    — Quiet as a Nun by Antonia Fraser
    — St Peter’s Finger by Gladys Mitchell
    — Close Quarters by Michael Gilbert
    — The Black Seraphim by Michael Gilbert
    — Holy Disorders by Edmund Crispin
    — “The Guilty Vicarage” by W.H. Auden
    — Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers
    — Christianity and the Detective Story edited by Anya Morlan and Walter Raubicheck
    — The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler
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    • 24 min
    The Shedunnit Centenary

    The Shedunnit Centenary

    In which Caroline is the guest, not the host.
    Caroline Crampton is the host of Shedunnit. You can find out what she does when she’s not hosting this podcast at carolinecrampton.com or on Instagram @cacrampton. Guy Cuthbertson is her husband. His website is guycuthbertson.com and he tweets @guywjc.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    — The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
    — Howards’ Way (TV series)
    — The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
    — Miranda Sawyer’s review of the podcast in the Observer
    — The Allusionist by Helen Zaltzman
    — The ‘A Mysterious Glossary’ episode of Shedunnit, featuring Helen Zaltzman
    — It Walks By Night by John Dickson Carr
    — The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
    — Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers
    — The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers
    — The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
    — The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot
    — Ulysses by James Joyce
    — Cat Among The Pigeons by Agatha Christie
    — The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace
    — Evil Under The Sun by Agatha Christie
    — ‘The Challenge of Dorothy L. Sayers’ episode of Shedunnit
    — Death at the President’s Lodging by Michael Innes
    — “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” by Edgar Allen Poe
    — ‘The Long Shadow of Edgar Allen Poe’ episode of Shedunnit
    — 'The First Whodunnit' episode of Shedunnit
    — The Bath Mysteries by E. R. Punshon
    — The 'Brides in the Bath’ episode of Shedunnit
    — Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie
    — Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh
    — Death in White Pyjamas by John Bude
    — Death in High Heels by Christianna Brand
    — Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
    — Death Under Gibraltar by Bernard Newman
    — Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie
    — Death at the Bar by Ngaio Marsh
    — Death on Paper by John Bude
    — Death at the Opera by Gladys Mitchell
    — Death of a Train by Freeman Wills Crofts
    — Death of a Cad by John Bude
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    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/theshedunnitcentenarytranscript
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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
580 Ratings

580 Ratings

Samuelwhiskers ,

Loving these podcasts

I found these one night when looking for a Peter Wimsey story to listen to. Started with the Dorothy L Sayers podcasts - I’m a DLS fan - found them fascinating. Now working through the other authors. Excellent find!

Lizzy Mullen ,

Very addictive!

Late to this podcast found via Lucy Worsley BBC programme on Agatha Christie. Each episode is thoughtful, well researched with lots of ideas for further reading or research. Definitely 5 stars!!

Katsheare ,

Fun, informative and addictive!

Very late comer to this podcast, but that just makes binge-listening easier! The care and intelligence with which Golden Age mystery writers are treated is all one can hope for. If your reading of a good whodunnit always leaves you gasping for more, this is a very good place to stop.

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