140 episodes

Unravelling the mysteries behind classic detective stories

Shedunnit Caroline Crampton

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Unravelling the mysteries behind classic detective stories

    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
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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
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    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/thegreenpenguintranscript/
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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.
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    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/areadinglifetranscript/
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    • 48 min
    Whodunnit Centenary: 1924

    Whodunnit Centenary: 1924

    Time travelling, murder mystery style.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    — The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
    — The Plague Court Murders by John Dickson Carr
    — Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
    — The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers
    — A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh
    — Death of a Ghost by Margery Allingham
    — Checkmate to Murder by ECR Lorac
    — That Yew Tree's Shade by Cyril Hare
    — Tenant for Death by Cyril Hare
    — A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
    — From Doon With Death by Ruth Rendell
    — Cover Her Face by PD James
    — The Face of Trespass by Ruth Rendell
    — Malice Aforethought by Frances Iles
    — Before the Fact by Frances Iles
    — The Crozier Pharaohs by Gladys Mitchell
    — Speedy Death by Gladys Mitchell
    — Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie
    — Original Sin by PD James
    — End of Chapter by Nicholas Blake
    — Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
    — The Secret Place by Tana French
    Mentioned Shedunnit episodes:
    — A Century of Whodunnits
    — A Second Century of Whodunnits
    — The Kidnap of Elizabeth Canning, with guest Tana French
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    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/whodunnitcentenary1924transcript/
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    • 27 min
    The Lifelong Fan (Replay)

    The Lifelong Fan (Replay)

    Renée read her first detective novel in the 1930s. She hasn’t stopped since.
    This archive episode of Shedunnit (my personal favourite of all the ones I've ever made) was first published on 2nd September 2020.
    You can read Renée's obituary here. Her crime novels, The Wild Card and Blood Matters, are available from all good booksellers.
    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:
    —These Two Hands by Renée
    —Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
    —Wednesday to come by Renée
    —Setting the table by Renée
    —An interview with Renée from 2017 on RNZ
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    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/lifelongfantranscript.
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    • 26 min
    The Murderless Christmas Mystery

    The Murderless Christmas Mystery

    Not every mystery needs a murder.
    There are minor details shared for all the novels and stories listed below, but no major plot revelations in this episode.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    — “The Flying Stars” by G.K. Chesterton, collected in The Innocence of Father Brown
    — A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    — The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
    — Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
    — An English Murder by Cyril Hare
    — Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon
    — The Santa Claus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay
    — Murder After Christmas by Rupert Latimer
    — The Smiler with the Knife by Nicholas Blake
    — Tied Up in Tinsel by Ngaio Marsh
    — The Case of the Abominable Snowman by Nicholas Blake
    — "The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding" by Agatha Christie, collected in a book of the same name
    — "Stuffing" by Edgar Wallace, collected in Silent Nights, edited by Martin Edwards
    — "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" by Arthur Conan Doyle, collected in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
    — “The Mystery of Mrs Bardell’s Xmas Pudding” by Gwyn Evans
    — “The Ghost’s Touch” by Fergus Hume, collected in The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries, edited by Otto Penzler
    — A Maigret Christmas by Georges Simenon
    — “The Reprisal” by Michael Innes
    — Catt Out of the Bag by Clifford Witting
    — "The Black Bag Left on a Doorstep” by Catharine Louisa Pirkis, collected in A Surprise for Christmas, edited by Martin Edwards
    — “Sister Bessie or Your Old Leech” by Cyril Hare, collected in The Christmas Card Crime, edited by Martin Edwards
    — A Highland Christmas by M.C. Beaton
    — Deck The Halls by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark
    — “Christmas Eve” by S.C. Roberts, collected in The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries, edited by Otto Penzler
    — “The Necklace of Pearls” by Dorothy L. Sayers, collected in Silent Nights, edited by Martin Edwards
    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/themurderlesschristmasmysterytranscript
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
638 Ratings

638 Ratings

Shadow Henry ,

Shedunnit

Every episode of this podcast is a complete pleasure and a learning experience in the best way! Caroline provides entertaining and thoughtful shows, and being a member of the book club more than doubles the fun. I love this podcast!!

patt-g ,

Simply perfect

What a breath of fresh air. Excellent episodes. Well researched. Pleasure to listen to. Essential to all who read classic and non-classic mysteries.

thatonekidwiththething ,

Kindred spirit

She had me at “starring Kenneth Branagh’s awful mustache as Hercule Poirot” … No, she had me way before that! With the first episode of Shedunnit, in fact, and every one after that! Caroline Crampton has a writer’s ability to spot common themes and interesting details and a journalist’s talent for choosing excellent topics and interviewing guests. Best of all, she is skilled in plumbing the depths of stories we love and think we already know to reveal something new and unexpected in each episode. If you love Golden Age mysteries, this is the best podcast for you. If you are not a Golden Age fan, take a listen to Shedunnit, and you will be!

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