By Caroline Crampton
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Unravelling the mysteries behind classic detective stories
||Clean11. The Other Detectives||Some sleuths need no introduction. But other characters, also created by famous authors like Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers, lurk in obscurity. In this episode, we're on the hunt for the other detectives.||3/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10. Nurse Daniels||On 6 October 1926, a young woman went a cloakroom in Boulogne, France, and never came out again. She was never seen alive again. Her disappearance captivated the world, and even Dorothy L. Sayers tried to find her. This is the story of Nurse Daniels.||2/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9. The Rules||A good detective story has a recognisable rhythm and plot points. But how did these tropes come about? And what happens when you break the rules?||2/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8. Dining with Death||Food matters in books. It helps to set the scene, and it also symbolises comfort. Yet in detective fiction, food is also a method for murder. Everything is lovely at the family dinner, until somebody turns blue in the face and falls into the soup.||1/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||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.||1/8/2019||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.||12/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5. Crime at Christmas||Reading crime fiction from the early twentieth century is a really popular activity at Christmas. It’s nice to curl up with a good whodunnit by the fire, but if we stop and think about it, reading about complicated ways for people to die is not exactl||12/18/2018||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.||12/11/2018||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.||11/28/2018||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.||11/15/2018||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.||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean0. Whodunnit?||For a couple of decades between the first and second world wars, something mysterious happened.||10/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Love this podcast
A great look into mystery novels, and not just the books themselves, but also the authors, inspirations from the real world, adaptations and their detectives. I can’t wait to see what’s next.
Fantastic research and incredibly interesting topics for mystery lovers
I've been a fan of mysteries and particularly Agatha Christie for most of my life and this podcast checks both of those boxes and thensome. This podcast is immaculately produced and Caroline's voice is so pleasant to listen to. You won't regret giving any and all of these episodes a listen.