87 episodes

Unravelling the mysteries behind classic detective stories

Shedunnit Caroline Crampton

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    • 4.9 • 460 Ratings

Unravelling the mysteries behind classic detective stories

    The Tichborne Claimant

    The Tichborne Claimant

    The golden age of detective fiction was obsessed with identity. The reason why? An extremely melodramatic Victorian legal case involving shipwreck, Shetland ponies and a tangled aristocratic inheritance.
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    Please be aware that there may be spoilers for the following books in this episode.
    Books referenced:
    — The Claimant by Michael Gilbert
    — Death in Captivity by Michael Gilbert
    — Smallbone Deceased by Michael Gilbert
    — The Murder at Road Hill House episode with Robin Stevens
    — The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale
    — Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
    — Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie
    — The Nine Wrong Answers by John Dickson Carr
    — The Belting Inheritance by Julian Symons
    — Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey
    — The Tichborne Romance by Franklin Lushington
    — The Tichborne Claimant by Douglas Woodruff
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    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/thetichborneclaimanttranscript.
    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.
    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 independent bookselling chain that ships internationally at no extra charge.

    • 33 min
    A Mysterious Glossary

    A Mysterious Glossary

    Do you know your ack emma from your pip emma? Would you wear the cat's pyjamas? Are you, in fact, a goop? Helen Zaltzman joins me to delve into some baffling language from golden age detective fiction.
    Thanks to my guest for this episode, Helen Zaltzman. She is the host of The Allusionist, a marvellous podcast about language, which I strongly recommend that you support on Patreon now.
    A bonus episode with 20 minutes of extra material will be published later this month just for Shedunnit Book Club members. If you'd like to hear it, join now at shedunnitbookclub.com/join.
    There are no major plot spoilers in this episode.
    Books referenced:
    — A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
    — "The Tuesday Night Club" by Agatha Christie from The Tuesday Club Murders aka The Thirteen Problems
    — The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
    — Checkmate to Murder by ECR Lorac
    — The Ha-Ha Case by JJ Connington
    — The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Thanks to today’s sponsor:
    — Blackwell's, an independent bookseller here in the UK. If you buy any book from them via the podcast's link, the show gets a small commission for referring you while the price remains the same for you. Visit any of the links to books above or shedunnitshow.com/blackwells to shop now.
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    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/amysteriousglossarytranscript.
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    • 41 min
    Murder Isn't Easy

    Murder Isn't Easy

    How much did Agatha Christie really know about dead bodies?
    Thanks to my guest for this episode, Carla Valentine. She is a trained mortuary technician and the technical curator at Barts Pathology Museum in London. She's also the author of Murder Isn't Easy: The Forensics of Agatha Christie.
    I'm doing a festive livestream on December 15th at 6pm GMT just for members of the Shedunnit Book Club. If you'd like to join, visit shedunnitbookclub.com/join.
    There are no major plot spoilers in this episode, although there is some discussion of the death in Hercule Poirot's Christmas.
    Books referenced:
    — The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
    — The Tuesday Night Club aka The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie
    — Mrs McGinty's Dead by Agatha Christie
    — Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
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    — Milk Bar. Get $10 off any order of $50 or more when you go to milkbarstore.com/shedunnit.
    — Dear Holmes, a mail-based Victorian mystery game. To give this as a gift or to join for yourself, visit dearholmes.com and enter promo code Shedunnit to get $5 off your first order.
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    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/murderisnteasytranscript.
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    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 independent bookselling chain that ships internationally at no extra charge.

    • 37 min
    Dorothy L Sayers Solves Her Mystery (Queens of Crime at War 6)

    Dorothy L Sayers Solves Her Mystery (Queens of Crime at War 6)

    Why did she stop writing detective fiction as WW2 approached?
    This is the sixth and final episode of Queens of Crime at War, a six part series looking at what the best writers from the golden age of detective fiction did once that period came to an end with the start of the Second World War.
    The Pledge Drive gift offer is now over, because we have smashed the 100 member goal already! But if you'd still like to join the Shedunnit Book Club members, and get access to the special Christmas livestream I'm doing with my husband on 15th December just for members, visit shedunnitbookclub.com/join.
    There are very minor spoilers in this episode for the eventual outcome of the Harriet Vane-Peter Wimsey plot line.
    Books referenced:
    — Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L Sayers
    — The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers
    — The Floating Admiral by Members of the Detection Club
    — The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L Sayers and Robert Eustace
    — Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L Sayers
    — Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers
    — The Zeal of Thy House by Dorothy L Sayers
    — Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul by Barbara Reynolds
    — He That Should Come by Dorothy L Sayers
    — Begin Here: A Wartime Essay by Dorothy L Sayers
    — Whose Body? by Dorothy L Sayers
    —Thrones, Dominations by Dorothy L Sayers and Jill Paton Walsh
    — Striding Folly by Dorothy L Sayers
    — "The Haunted Policeman" and "Talboys" in Lord Peter Wimsey Investigates by Dorothy L Sayers
    — The Wimsey Papers by Dorothy L Sayers
    — The Man Born to Be King by Dorothy L Sayers
    — The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy L Sayers
    — Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L Sayers
    — Strong Poison by Dorothy L Sayers
    — Have His Carcase by Dorothy L Sayers
    — A Presumption of Death by Dorothy L Sayers and Jill Paton Walsh
    — Women's Fiction of the Second World War: Gender, Power, Resistance by Gill Plain
    Thanks to today’s sponsor:
    — Dear Holmes, a mail-based Victorian mystery game. To give this as a gift or to join for yourself, visit dearholmes.com and enter promo code Shedunnit to get $5 off your first order.
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    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/dorothylsayerssolveshermysterytranscript.
    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.
    The original music for this series, "The Case Of The Black Stormcloud", was created by Martin Zaltz Austwick. Find out more about his work at martinzaltzaustwick.wordpress.com.
    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 independent bookselling chain that ships internationally at no extra charge.

    • 29 min
    Ngaio Marsh Goes Home (Queens of Crime at War 5)

    Ngaio Marsh Goes Home (Queens of Crime at War 5)

    Caught between two very different worlds, WW2 forced this queen of crime to become better acquainted with her homeland.
    This is the fifth episode of Queens of Crime at War, a six part series looking at what the best writers from the golden age of detective fiction did once that period came to an end with the start of the Second World War.
    Thanks to my guest, Gail Pittaway. You can find out more about her work here.
    The Pledge Drive gift offer is now over, because we have smashed the 100 member goal already! But if you'd still like to join the Shedunnit Book Club members, and get access to the special Christmas livestream I'm doing with my husband on 15th December just for members, visit shedunnitbookclub.com/join.
    There are no spoilers in this episode.
    Books referenced:
    — Ngaio Marsh: Her Life in Crime by Joanne Drayton
    — Ngaio Marsh by Margaret Lewis
    — Ngaio Marsh: The Woman and Her Work by B. J. Rahn
    — Black Beech and Honeydew by Ngaio Marsh
    — Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh
    — Death at the Bar by Ngaio Marsh
    — Surfeit of Lampreys by Ngaio Marsh
    — Death and the Dancing Footman by Ngaio Marsh
    — Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh
    — Colour Scheme by Ngaio Marsh
    — Died in the Wool by Ngaio Marsh
    — Photo Finish by Ngaio Marsh
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    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/ngaiomarshgoeshometranscript.
    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.
    The original music for this series, "The Case Of The Black Stormcloud", was created by Martin Zaltz Austwick. Find out more about his work at martinzaltzaustwick.wordpress.com.
    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 independent bookselling chain that ships internationally at no extra charge.

    • 31 min
    Josephine Tey's Golden Age (Queens of Crime at War 4)

    Josephine Tey's Golden Age (Queens of Crime at War 4)

    Something happened to the Scottish writer during WW2 that made her want to write mysteries again.
    This is the fourth episode of Queens of Crime at War, a six part series looking at what the best writers from the golden age of detective fiction did once that period came to an end with the start of the Second World War. Visit shedunnitshow.com/josephineteysgoldenage for more details.
    Thanks to my guest, Jennifer Morag Henderson. You can find out more about her work at jennifermoraghenderson.com and pre-order the new edition of Josephine Tey: A Life at all good booksellers.
    The Shedunnit Pledge Drive continues. I'm aiming to add 100 new members to the Shedunnit Book Club by the end of 2021. You can get some great perks, like bonus episodes and extra audiobooks — if you’d like to be part of that and feel able to offer some support, please visit shedunnitshow.com/pledgedrive.
    There are no spoilers in this episode.
    Books referenced:
    — The Man in the Queue by Gordon Daviot aka Josephine Tey
    — A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey
    — The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
    — The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
    — Richard of Bordeaux by Gordon Daviot aka Josephine Tey
    — Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey
    — Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey
    — To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey
    — The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey
    Thanks to today’s sponsors: — Milk Bar. Get $10 off any order of $50 or more when you go to milkbarstore.com/shedunnit.
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    To be the first to know about future developments with the podcast, sign up for the newsletter at shedunnitshow.com/newsletter.
    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/josephineteysgoldenagetranscript.
    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.
    The original music for this series, "The Case Of The Black Stormcloud", was created by Martin Zaltz Austwick. Find out more about his work at martinzaltzaustwick.wordpress.com.
    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 independent bookselling chain that ships internationally at no extra charge.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
460 Ratings

460 Ratings

MadeleineCat ,

Charming and smart

I’ve been listening to Shedunnit more than year after binging the (fantastic) back catalog. One would think that Caroline Crampton would run out of material given the podcast’s specificity, but she never has. Each episode is a well-researched gem and I never get tired of listening to her terrifically lovely voice.

CynHutch ,

My favorite new podcast

I've dipped into this podcast a few times in the past, but starting with her episodes about mystery writers during the war, I became entranced. Then it skipped to the interview to celebrate the anniversary of her podcast by her husband., And I fell in love. With both of them.So I went down the internet rabbit hole,researched them both,and ordered her book,The way to the Sea., And I have a new favorite podcast. She's charming and witty and informative. The podcasts are well written and produced.If you are a fan of the golden age of mystery fiction, or an Anglophile, or just love listening to aSoothing English accent this is the podcast for you. I'm thrilled I have so many left to listen to.

k8tethegr8 ,

Compelling and well researched

I always learn something while listening, I enjoy Caroline’s soothing voice very much as well. She researches each episode so thoroughly, it’s always interesting and never boring.

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