109 episodes

Unravelling the mysteries behind classic detective stories

Shedunnit Caroline Crampton

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    • 4.9 • 538 Ratings

Unravelling the mysteries behind classic detective stories

    Howdunnit

    Howdunnit

    Invert everything you know about murder mysteries.

    The Shedunnit Pledge Drive now has a stretch goal, and we’ve almost hit it! If we get to 175 new members of the Shedunnit Book Club by the end of 2022, I’ll do a livestreamed episode of Shedunnit accessible to all listeners. If you feel able to offer some support, please visit shedunnitshow.com/pledgedrive.

    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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    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/howdunnittranscript

    Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.

    • 27 min
    Clerical Crimes

    Clerical Crimes

    Why do murder mysteries contain so many vicars?
    The Shedunnit Pledge Drive now has a stretch goal! If we get to 175 new members of the Shedunnit Book Club by the end of 2022, I’ll do a livestreamed episode of Shedunnit accessible to all listeners. If you feel able to offer some support, please visit shedunnitshow.com/pledgedrive.
    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
    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/clericalcrimestranscript
    Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.

    • 26 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.
    The Shedunnit Pledge Drive continues! I’m aiming to add 100 new members to the Shedunnit Book Club by the end of 2022, and as a thank you I’m sharing the Shedunnit Guide to Golden Age Detective Fiction. If you’d like a copy and feel able to offer some support, please visit shedunnitshow.com/pledgedrive.
    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
    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 independent bookselling chain that ships internationally at no extra charge.
    Thanks to today’s sponsor:
    — The Art of Crime, a brand-new history podcast about the unlikely collisions between true crime and the arts. Listen now in your podcast app or at artofcrimepodcast.com
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    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/theshedunnitcentenarytranscript
    Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.

    • 42 min
    The Kidnap of Elizabeth Canning

    The Kidnap of Elizabeth Canning

    There’s a dark story connecting this 18th century abduction with a 20th century crime novel.

    Thanks to my guest, Tana French. The new Penguin edition of The Franchise Affair, which includes her introduction, is available now. And Tana's own latest novel is The Searcher, available in paperback.

    This episode contains minor spoilers for The Franchise Affair.

    This episode marks the start of the Shedunnit Pledge Drive! I’m aiming to add 100 new members to the Shedunnit Book Club by the end of 2022, and as a thank you I’m sharing the Shedunnit Guide to Golden Age Detective Fiction. If you’d like a copy and feel able to offer some support, please visit shedunnitshow.com/pledgedrive.

    Mentioned in this episode:
    — The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
    — Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
    — Amelia by Henry Fielding
    — The Canning Wonder by Arthur Machen
    — Elizabeth is Missing by Lillian de la Torre
    — The Canning Enigma by John Treherne
    — The Appearance of Truth: The Story of Elizabeth Canning and 18th Century Narrative by Judith Moore
    — Josephine Tey: A Life by Jennifer Morag Henderson

    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.

    Thanks to today’s sponsor:
    — Backblaze, astonishingly easy cloud storage and backup tools. Shedunnit listeners can get a 15-day no credit card required trial at backblaze.com/shedunnit

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    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/thekidnapofelizabethcanningtranscript

    Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.

    • 32 min
    Queering The Golden Age

    Queering The Golden Age

    What if everything we thought about murder mysteries was wrong?
    Thanks to my guest, Benedict Morrison. Among his many publications, you can read him on Agatha Christie's theatrical work in the Bloomsbury Handbook to Agatha Christie.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    — The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie
    — A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie
    — The “Queer Clues” episode of Shedunnit
    — Towards Zero by Agatha Christie
    — The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
    — Suddenly At His Residence aka The Crooked Wreath by Christianna Brand
    — The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
    — Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie
    — Queering Agatha Christie by J.C. Bernthal
    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/queeringthegoldenagetranscript
    Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.

    • 28 min
    A Prize Mystery

    A Prize Mystery

    Could you beat the detective to the solution?
    This live episode of Shedunnit was recorded at the 2022 International Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    — The Wintringham Mystery by Anthony Berkeley
    — The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
    — The Mystery of Norman's Court by John Chancellor
    — The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie
    — The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
    — Bleak House by Charles Dickens
    — The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
    — The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace
    — Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
    — The Clocks by Agatha Christie
    — The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
    — Memories and Adventures by Arthur Conan Doyle
    — Murder in Rockwater by Margot Neville
    — Murder of Olympia by Margot Neville
    — Forever England by Alison Light
    — “The Decline and Fall of the Detection Story” by W. Somerset Maugham collected in The Vagrant Mood
    — “Who Cares Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?” by Edmund Wilson in The New Yorker (20 June 1945)
    — “Manx Gold” by Agatha Christie collected in While The Light Lasts
    — Not To Be Taken by Anthony Berkeley
    — Death in the House by Anthony Berkeley
    — "Mr Cork's Secret” by MacDonald Hastings collected in Crimson Snow
    — The Crime of the Century by Kingsley Amis
    — Cain's Jawbone by E. Powys Mathers, aka Torquemada
    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.
    Thanks to today’s sponsor:
    — Backblaze, astonishingly easy cloud storage and backup tools. Shedunnit listeners can get a 15-day no credit card required trial at backblaze.com/shedunnit
    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/aprizemysterytranscript
    Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
538 Ratings

538 Ratings

sarahelize ,

My Favorite Genre...

...finally gets the attention it deserves! Great host, great production, excellent stories about the greatest period of mystery fiction. I learn something new every episode and enjoy listening immensely. Caroline, thank you for all your hard work! Highly recommended 🌟

LilTiki ,

Fulfills tradition, but introduces so much more!

I came to this podcast a fan of Christie, but didn’t know much about the rest of the Golden Age writers. I now enjoy SO many other authors and am grateful for the well-researched and professionally presented information. Ms. Crampton celebrates the writers and stories without sugar-coating some of the problems, too. “Vintage murders not vintage values!” This show truly is a balm for those stressful days.

MNHRVY ,

Could not love this podcast more!

This is my first review of a podcast ever and I’m thrilled to give it to Caroline’s Shedunnit! Her storytelling style is unmatched - it’s like she actually transports you to the Golden Age each episode! If you are even remotely interested in detective fiction, give this a listen. I promise you will not be disappointed!

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