Join Flex and Herds as they take you on a Murder Mystery World Tour in Death of the Reader. From classic British puzzles in the Golden Age of Detective Fiction to the weirdest of foreign detective fiction, explore everything in the grizzly world of the 'locked room'. Each week we'll feature academics, authors and more as we trace the influences of the genre around the world.
EXTRA: Craig Sisterton on Southern Cross Crime
We have a long chat with Craig Sisterton about his new book Southern Cross Crime, as well as the Southern Cross scene itself! Craig is the expert when it comes to Australian and New Zealand Crime, having spent more than a decade reviewing the field, as well as founding the Ngaio Marsh Awards and Rotorua Noir. We talk about the evolution of the community in Australia and New Zealand, the importance of awards, as well as how much more open the world at large is becoming to our antipodean style of crime. We also speak about how Jock Serong's The Rules of Backyard Cricket has managed to be so impactful, and how wonderful the writing is.
The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong - Part Three
We discuss chapters 15-19 in Jock Serong's The Rules of Backyard Cricket. As Darren Keefe's drive comes to an end, Jock Serong holds nothing back, dealing out the full moral punishment of the story in visceral detail. The ending stings, but that's the idea, as Jock joins us to give a small glimpse into why things had to end the way they did. We also look into how this story fits in with our normal murder mystery affair, and whether or not another book like this could make an appearance on the show. Our guest of honour is Craig Sisterton, seasoned crime fiction reviewer, founder of the Ngaio Marsh Awards and author of Southern Cross Crime, a guide to Australian and New Zealand Crime fiction.
The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong - Part Two
We discuss chapters 9-14 in Jock Serong's The Rules of Backyard Cricket. While Darren is still stuck and injured in the back of a car, slowly trying to free himself. As his reminisces on a roller-coaster career continue, adulthood has finally arrived. Now competing for the Australian national side, Darren finds himself amidst scandal after scandal. Caught unawares in the middle of unscrupulous gambling, the 60-Grand-Man finds his family torn apart after his niece is kidnapped, and in court over the death of a teenager who died after a night out clubbing with him. Is there any escape from the boot or his past? We also chat with Jock Serong about the inspirations behind this tale, its reception and his new book, The Burning Island.
The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong - Part One
We discuss chapters 1-8 of Jock Serong's The Rules of Backyard Cricket. Beginning with our protagonist, Darren Keefe, with a gunshot wound, tied up in the back of the car, it's immediately apparent that this is going to be a slightly different cricket story to the ones normally lining the average cricket fanatic's bookshelf. Exploring Darren and his brother Wally's youth as they go from being the rapscallion children of a single mother to competent professional cricketers, it's not your standard mystery affair but the questions come gnawing all the stronger for it. With Herds tied up in the boot to solve this one, can he evade the traps of this unconventional puzzle?
The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro by Edogawa Rampo - Part Three
We discuss The Dwarf by Edogawa Rampo. Closing out the collection, this grim tale takes us through murder, love, and the grotesque in what would become known as Rampo's signature tone. Surrounded by villains and with an unwitting housemaid as his assistant, can Akechi Kogoro get to the bottom of this case in time? With final points on the line the tension is high and Flex may finally be out of his depth. We're also joined by Paul Daley, Walkley-Award-winning journalist, to talk about the historical barriers that remain in place between Australian and Japanese cultures decades after World War 2, as well as how to find holes in your own understanding of other cultures.
EXTRA: Enola Holmes by Harry Bradbeer
We talk about Enola Holmes, the new film based on Nancy Springer's mystery series of the same name. Starring Millie Bobby Brown, Sam Clafin, Henry Cavill and Helena Bonham Carter. Following alongside Enola (Brown), the wily sister of Sherlock (Cavill) and Mycroft (Clafin), this energetic adventure eschews many of the traditions of mystery (and to be honest, any mystery whatsoever), for a high-stakes romp through a London divided on a vote that could change the future. It's full spoilers and grumpy Herds, strap in and enjoy!
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Worldwide Murder Mystery Tour
Great for anyone interested in classic murder mystery novels. The hosts (and the listeners) have fun trying to guess the culprit in whatever novel is being covered in that episode. There are also interviews with experts related to the themes being covered.