71 episodes

Unravelling the mysteries behind classic detective stories

Shedunnit Caroline Crampton

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 404 Ratings

Unravelling the mysteries behind classic detective stories

    Young Sleuths

    Young Sleuths

    Young detectives, and young readers, play an important part in the history of detective fiction.
    Many thanks to my guest, Maureen Johnson. Her newest YA mystery, The Box in the Woods, is out now. Find out more at her website www.maureenjohnsonbooks.com and follow her on Twitter @maureenjohnson.
    There are no major plot spoilers in this episode, but we do talk about the general set up of Maureen's four Stevie Bell novels: Truly Devious, The Vanishing Stair, The Hand on the Wall and The Box in the Woods.
    Books and sources mentioned:
    — The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie
    — Harriet The Spy by Lousie Fitzhugh
    — Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner
    — The Secret Island by Enid Blyton
    — Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton
    — The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage by Enid Blyton
    — The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton
    — Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie
    — Holiday River by Gladys Mitchell
    — The Seven Stones Mystery by Gladys Mitchell
    — The Malory Secret by Gladys Mitchell
    — Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
    — The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
    — Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
    — Mystery in Children's Literature: From the Rational to the Supernatural edited by Adrienne Gavin and Christopher Routledge
    Thanks to today’s sponsors. You can get $5 off mail based Victorian mystery game Dear Holmes at dearholmes.com/shedunnit using code “shedunnit” at checkout.
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    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/youngsleuthstranscript
    Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.
    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.

    • 25 min
    Golden Age Inspiration

    Golden Age Inspiration

    How do you write a 1920s style detective novel that's set in the 2020s?
    Thanks to Elly Griffiths, aka Domenica De Rosa, for joining me today to talk about her love of golden age crime fiction and how she put that into her award winning novel The Postscript Murders. She also writes the Ruth Galloway series and the Brighton Mysteries series — find out more at her website ellygriffiths.co.uk and follower her on Twitter @ellygriffiths.
    The Shedunnit Book Club is reading The Postscript Murders in June 2021 — if you'd like to join us you can become a member at shedunnitbookclub.com/join.
    There are no major spoilers in this episode, but there is some reference to the plot outline of The Postscript Murders.
    Books referenced:
    — The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
    — Cinderella Goes To The Morgue by Nancy Spain
    — A Girl Called Justice by Elly Griffiths
    — Opening Night by Ngaio Marsh
    — The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
    — By The Pricking Of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie
    — The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
    — Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey
    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 sponsors. You can get $5 off mail based Victorian mystery game Dear Holmes at dearholmes.com/shedunnit using code "shedunnit" at checkout. The audiobook of Laura Ruby's Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All is available at your audiobook retailer of choice.
    To be the first to know about future developments with the podcast, sign up for the newsletter at shedunnitshow.com/newsletter.
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    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/goldenageinspirationtranscript.
    Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.

    • 30 min
    Policing the Detectives

    Policing the Detectives

    Many thanks to my guest, Nicole Glover. More information about her work is available at nicole-glover.com, and her first book, The Conductors, is out now in the US and the UK.
    The inspiration for this episode was Nicole's article "Who Are You Going To Call: Rethinking The Role Of Police In Mysteries".
    There are no major spoilers in this episode, but there is some discussion of the works listed below.
    Sources and further information:
    — The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
    — "On Duty With Inspector Field" by Charles Dickens in Household Words
    — Bleak House by Charles Dickens
    — "The Butler Did It" episode of Shedunnit
    — A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh
    — The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh
    — Death In Ecstasy by Ngaio Marsh
    — The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
    — Look to the Lady by Margery Allingham
    — Whose Body? by 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 independent 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/policingthedetectives
    Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.

    • 25 min
    A Century of Whodunnits

    A Century of Whodunnits

    Reading through the twentieth century, one murder mystery at a time.

    There are no major spoilers in this episode, but the opening plot scenario of each book is discussed briefly. There is a major spoiler for the Sherlock Holmes story "The Final Problem" from 1893.

    • 30 min
    Swan Song

    Swan Song

    How do you say goodbye to a beloved detective? Agatha Christie, of course, made a mystery out of it.
    Thanks to my guest, Mark Aldridge. You can find out more about his work at markaldridge.info and order a copy of his new book, Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World, from all good booksellers.
    Spoiler warning: there are major spoilers for Curtain and Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie in this episode.
    To see a full list of books mentioned in this episode and get links to other resources related to this topic, please visit shedunnitshow.com/swansong.
    Thanks to today’s sponsor, Best Fiends. You can download Best Fiends free on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
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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. Visit shedunnitshow.com/open to open the show now in your default podcast app.
    Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/swansongtranscript
    Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions.

    • 22 min
    The Many Afterlives of Hercule Poirot

    The Many Afterlives of Hercule Poirot

    There aren’t many characters who are recognisable just from a silhouette, but Hercule Poirot is one of them.
    Thanks to my guest, Mark Aldridge. You can find out more about his work at markaldridge.info and order a copy of his new book, Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World, from all good booksellers.
    There are no major spoilers about clues or endings in this episode. However, there is some mention or discussion of the books listed below.
    Sources and further information:
    — The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
    — An Autobiography by Agatha Christie
    — The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux
    — Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief by Maurice Leblanc
    — "The Dispenser" episode of Shedunnit about Agatha Christie's wartime hospital work
    — After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
    — Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie
    — Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie
    — Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie
    — Mrs McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie
    — The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
    — "The Lady Vanishes" episode of Shedunnit about Agatha Christie's 1926 "disappearance" and divorce
    — The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie
    — The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
    — The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
    — Murder in Mesopotamia 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 independent 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, Tumblr 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/themanyafterlivesofherculepoirottranscript.
    Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.
     

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
404 Ratings

404 Ratings

CogetteUS ,

Stylish

Impeccably voiced, carefully written and stylishly produced as befits the subject matter. From the charming and evocative graphic, which first grabbed my attention, to the new takes on this beloved genre, this podcast is a new favorite.

jvane37 ,

New Favorite

Just started this lovely podcast for mystery lovers. Well researched on enjoyable topics featuring classic authors including Christie, Marsh, and my personal favorite Dorothy L. Sayers

Aryablindgirl ,

One of my favorites

Shedunnit is a thoughtful, fun, and deeply loving journey through the history of mystery - specifically, Golden Age murder mysteries. If you’re a fan of Wimsey, Poirot, Miss Marple, or any other Golden Age detective, you’ll love this podcast. If you’re not, give it a try! You may be converted.

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