143 episodes

Unravelling the mysteries behind classic detective stories

Shedunnit Caroline Crampton

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 645 Ratings

Unravelling the mysteries behind classic detective stories

    You Probably Imagined It!

    You Probably Imagined It!

    Meet the hypochondriacs of golden age detective fiction.
    My new book, A Body Made of Glass: A History of Hypochondria, is out now in the UK and published on 24th April in North America. To find out more and get your copy, visit my website carolinecrampton.com/abodymadeofglass.
    Join the Shedunnit Book Club for two extra Shedunnit episodes a month plus access to the monthly reading discussions and community: shedunnitbookclub.com/join
    There are some minor spoilers in this episode — no solutions to whodunnits totally revealed, but some plot details discussed. If you want to avoiding knowing such details about something that you're reading or plan to read, please consult the list of books and stories in the episode description before proceeding.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    — "The Case of the Perfect Maid" by Agatha Christie, collected in Miss Marple's Final Cases
    — N or M? by Agatha Christie
    — The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
    — Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie
    — Green for Danger by Christianna Brand
    — Black Plumes by Margery Allingham
    — "The Blue Geranium" by Agatha Christie, collected in The Thirteen Problems
    — The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
    — Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie
    — The Labours of Hercules by Agatha Christie
    — Fear for Miss Betony by Dorothy Bowers
    — A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
    — 4.50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie
    — Family Matters by Anthony Rolls
    — “They Don’t Wear Labels” by E.M. Delafield, collected in Capital Crimes
    — Below Suspicion by John Dickson Carr
    — Blue Murder by Harriet Rutland
    — Grave Mistake by Ngaio Marsh
    — Police at the Funeral by Margery Allingham
    — Poison in the Garden Suburb by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole
    NB: Links to Blackwell's are affiliate links, meaning that the podcast receives a small commission when you purchase a book there (the price remains the same for you). Blackwell's is a UK bookselling chain that ships internationally at no extra charge.
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    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/youprobablyimaginedittranscript
    Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.
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    • 25 min
    The Tea Leaf

    The Tea Leaf

    A scientific murder mystery.
    My new book, A Body Made of Glass: A History of Hypochondria, is published in April. To find out more and register for the exclusive pre-order bonus material, visit my website carolinecrampton.com.
    Join the Shedunnit Book Club for two extra Shedunnit episodes a month plus access to the monthly reading discussions and community: shedunnitbookclub.com/join
    Mentioned in this episode:
    — "The Tea Leaf" by Robert Eustace and Edgar Jepson
    Related Shedunnit Episodes:
    — Who Was Robert Eustace?
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    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/thetealeaftranscript
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    • 43 min
    Lucy, Anthony and Anne

    Lucy, Anthony and Anne

    The crime fiction of Lucy Beatrice Malleson deserves to be better known.
    My new book, A Body Made of Glass: A History of Hypochondria, is published in April. To find out more and register for the exclusive pre-order bonus material, visit my website carolinecrampton.com.
    Join the Shedunnit Book Club for two extra Shedunnit episodes a month plus access to the monthly reading discussions and community: shedunnitbookclub.com/join
    Mentioned in this episode:
    — Three-A-Penny by Lucy Malleson
    — Cat and the Canary by John Willard
    — The Man Who Was London by J. Kilmeny Keith
    — “The Lay of the Last Minstrel” by Walter Scott
    — Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    — The Tragedy at Freyne by Anthony Gilbert
    — The Division Bell Mystery by Ellen Wilkinson
    — Death at Four Corners by Anthony Gilbert
    — An Old Lady Dies by Anthony Gilbert
    — The Mystery of the Open Window by Anthony Gilbert
    — The Night in the Fog by Anthony Gilbert
    — Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith
    — Death in Fancy Dress by Anthony Gilbert
    — The Man in Button Boots by Anthony Gilbert
    — Courtier to Death by Anthony Gilbert
    — Murder by Experts by Anthony Gilbert
    — A Nice Little Killing by Anthony Gilbert
    — Death Wears a Mask by Anthony Gilbert
    — Death in the Wrong Room by Anthony Gilbert
    — The Vanishing Corpse by Anthony Gilbert
    — The Woman in Red by Anthony Gilbert
    — Lady Killer by Anthony Gilbert
    — Death Takes A Wife by Anthony Gilbert
    — The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
    NB: Links to Blackwell's are affiliate links, meaning that the podcast receives a small commission when you purchase a book there (the price remains the same for you). Blackwell's is a UK bookselling chain that ships internationally at no extra charge.
    This episode is free of spoilers.
    To be the first to know about future developments with the podcast, sign up for the newsletter at shedunnitshow.com/newsletter.
    The podcast is on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as @ShedunnitShow, and you can find it in all major podcast apps. Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss the next episode. Click here to do that now in your app of choice.
    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/lucyanthonyandannetranscript
    Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.
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    • 28 min
    The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (Green Penguin Book Club 1)

    The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (Green Penguin Book Club 1)

    Helen Zaltzman is the guest for this dissection of the first green penguin.
    Until 26:43, the discussion is free of major spoilers. At that point, as you will hear us say, we enter the spoiler zone and you can expect spoilers until the end.
    Helen's podcast The Allusionist is available wherever you are listening to this or at theallusionist.org
    My new book, A Body Made of Glass: A History of Hypochondria, is published in April. To find out more and register for the exclusive pre-order bonus material, visit my website carolinecrampton.com.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    — The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L Sayers
    — Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
    — Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers
    — Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers
    Related Shedunnit Episodes:
    — Death at the Club
    — A Mysterious Glossary
    — The Advertising Adventures of Dorothy L. Sayers
    NB: Links to Blackwell's are affiliate links, meaning that the podcast receives a small commission when you purchase a book there (the price remains the same for you). Blackwell's is a UK bookselling chain that ships internationally at no extra charge.
    To be the first to know about future developments with the podcast, sign up for the newsletter at shedunnitshow.com/newsletter.
    The podcast is on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as @ShedunnitShow, and you can find it in all major podcast apps. Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss the next episode. Click here to do that now in your app of choice.
    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/theunpleasantnessatthebellonaclubtranscript/
    Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Green Penguin

    The Green Penguin

    One visit to Agatha Christie changed everything.
    Thank you to my guest, Jules Burt, for sharing his book-collecting experiences and knowledge with us. You can learn more about his collection on his YouTube channel, Jules Burt Collections and Unboxings at youtube.com/@JulesBurt.
    My new book, A Body Made of Glass: A History of Hypochondria, is published in April. To find out more and register for the exclusive pre-order bonus material, visit my website carolinecrampton.com.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    — The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
    — Ulysses by James Joyce
    — Ariel by André Maurois
    — Death on the Borough Council by Josephine Bell
    — Speedy Death by Gladys Mitchell
    — Taken on Trust by Terry Waite
    — Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
    — The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L Sayers
    — Allen Lane: King Penguin by J.E. Morpurgo
    — Penguin Special: Life and Times of Allen Lane by Jeremy Lewis
    — Mushroom Jungle: A History of Postwar Paperback Publishing by Stephen Holland
    — The Penguin Story by W.E. Williams
    — ‘A Paperback Guide to Progress: Penguin Books 1935– c .1951’ by Nicholas Joicey in Twentieth Century British History, 1993
    Shedunnit Episodes Mentioned:
    — The Nobodies
    NB: Links to Blackwell's are affiliate links, meaning that the podcast receives a small commission when you purchase a book there (the price remains the same for you). Blackwell's is a UK bookselling chain that ships internationally at no extra charge.
    To be the first to know about future developments with the podcast, sign up for the newsletter at shedunnitshow.com/newsletter.
    The podcast is on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as @ShedunnitShow, and you can find it in all major podcast apps. Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss the next episode. Click here to do that now in your app of choice.
    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/thegreenpenguintranscript/
    Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.
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    • 31 min
    A Reading Life

    A Reading Life

    A conversation about how Shedunnit is made.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    — Death and the Sisters by Heather Redmond
    — Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne
    — The Birthday Murder by Lange Lewis
    — Enter Sir John by Clemence Dane and Helen Simpson
    Authors Mentioned:
    — Richard and Frances Lockridge
    — Rudolph Fisher
    Mentioned Shedunnit episodes:
    — Miss Marple, Spinster Sleuth
    NB: Links to Blackwell's are affiliate links, meaning that the podcast receives a small commission when you purchase a book there (the price remains the same for you). Blackwell's is a UK bookselling chain that ships internationally at no extra charge.
    To be the first to know about future developments with the podcast, sign up for the newsletter at shedunnitshow.com/newsletter.
    The podcast is on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as @ShedunnitShow, and you can find it in all major podcast apps. Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss the next episode. Click here to do that now in your app of choice.
    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/areadinglifetranscript/
    Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
645 Ratings

645 Ratings

chaos.rn ,

Love this podcast!

I found this podcast after hearing Caroline on the Tea and Murder podcast and was immediately hooked. I’ve spent the last few months mainlining the episodes and added many wonderful new titles to my Christmas list.…I am now up to date….what will I do now?! Join the Shedunnit book club of course!!! :) Thank you Caroline for this wonderful show!

Rockdoc2174 ,

Becoming dreadfully smug

I have been dismayed by the progress of this podcast for some time and the decline is accelerating. In the February 2024 edition on the Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club the absolute refusal of either party, especially the guest, to accept the context of the period in which it was written into their analysis was infuriating. The guest contradicted herself frequently, often in the same sentence, yet Caroline joined in with this nonsense. I’ve subscribed to the podcast for years but no more. I can’t take the smug, anachronistic analysis any longer.

Not to mention Caroline’s grovelling, five-minute advert for her forthcoming book! I’m done.

annar1977 ,

Loving it!

Only just found this wonderful podcast. I’ve started at the beginning, enjoying every episode.

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