By Caroline Crampton
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Unravelling the mysteries behind classic detective stories
||Clean7. Edith Thompson||On the morning of 9 January 1923, a brutal and horrifying execution took place at Holloway Prison in London. The condemned young woman screamed and cried, but no last minute reprieve arrived. This is the story of Edith Thompson.||8 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6. Adaptations (with Sarah Phelps)||For a huge audience, Agatha Christie's work is as often watched as it is read. New productions are greeted with intense scrutiny, so what is it like to adapt these stories? Sarah Phelps, writer of the recent BBC version of The ABC Murders, explains.||25 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5. Crime at Christmas||Reading crime fiction from the early twentieth century is a popular activity at Christmas. But if we stop and think about it, reading about complicated ways for people to die is not the most festive activity. So why do we love crime at Christmas?||18 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4. The Lady Vanishes||On 3 December 1926, Agatha Christie left her home. The next morning, the car was found 15 miles away. The headlights were still on and her luggage was inside, but the driver was nowhere to be seen. The lady had vanished.||11 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3. Queer Clues||The detective stories of the 1920s and 30s aren't exactly well known for being edgy, or at the vanguard of the struggle for gay rights. But there are queer clues everywhere in these books, if you only know where to look for them.||28 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2. Crippen||This real life murder mystery has everything: a body hidden in the cellar, adultery, cross dressing, and a pleasingly ambiguous ending. It was referenced more than any other by the detective writers of the golden age. This is the story of Dr Crippen.||15 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1. Surplus Women||After the First World War, there was a great flowering of female independence as more women chose to live single lives. Let's go back to the beginning. This particular story starts with the surplus women.||31 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean0. Whodunnit?||For a couple of decades between the first and second world wars, something mysterious happened.||24 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Excellent podcast by someone who knows and loves the subject. Extremely enjoyable and highly recommended.
Lovely podcast, nice short episodes, interesting take on familiar detective stories & maybe just the thing to listen to in the run up to Christmas and the inevitable new Agatha Christie adaptation, so you can impress your extended family with new material!
My only complaint is that I wish episodes were longer. I would have loved a more in depth exploration of some of the observations lightly touched upon.