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This is the Shedunnit Book Club companion episode for June 2024, in which we are reading Tokyo Express by Seichō Matsumoto. There are no major spoilers in this primer, but if you'd rather read the book with no knowledge of its plot or structure at all, I'd recommend listening only once you've finished reading. I’ll see you in the Shedunnit forum fo…
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In this bonus episode, Caroline continues her conversation with Harriet Evans from the Murder in the Library episode (don't worry, no repeat content here, just new stuff!). Topics include: Harriet's journey from writing commercial fiction to writing crime fiction, Harriet's obsession with butterflies, and our dream casting for a new Gaudy Night TV …
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There’s something sinister in the stacks. Thanks to my guest Harriet Evans, aka Harriet F. Townson, who is the author of D is for Death. My new book, A Body Made of Glass: A History of Hypochondria, is out now. To find out more and get your copy, visit my website carolinecrampton.com/abodymadeofglass. Mentioned in this episode: — The Body in the Li…
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The great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas had a passion for detective stories. John Goodby is Professor of Arts and Culture at Sheffield Hallam University, and an expert on Dylan Thomas. He edited The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas and has co-authored a biography of Thomas. He is also a poet, translator and arts organiser. You can hear more of Guy and Joh…
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In this bonus episode, Guy and John Goodby continue their conversation from the Dylan's Whodunnits episode, covering the other poets of the 1930s and their connections to detective fiction — in particular W.H. Auden and Cecil Day Lewis (aka Nicholas Blake). Listen using the player above or in your own app via your private podcast feed (setup instru…
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This is the Shedunnit Book Club companion episode for May 2024, in which we are reading Black Plumes by Margery Allingham. There are no major spoilers in this primer, but if you'd rather read the book with no knowledge of its plot or structure at all, I'd recommend listening only once you've finished reading. I’ll see you in the Shedunnit forum for…
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Why didn’t the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh write more detective fiction? My new book, A Body Made of Glass: A History of Hypochondria, is out now. To find out more and get your copy, visit my website carolinecrampton.com/abodymadeofglass. Mentioned in this episode: — When We Were Very Young by AA Milne — Winnie-the-Pooh by AA Milne — The House At Po…
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Caroline Crampton is joined by writer Moira Redmond to talk about the Chalet School books by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer. This is a crossover episode from another podcast series Caroline is making at the moment, A Body Made of Glass. If you head to carolinecrampton.com/abodymadeofglasspodcast, you listen to more conversations that explore the intersection…
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In this bonus episode, Leandra and I tackle a topic that we think will be of particular interest to many members in the book club. We discuss the ways in which we access books for episode research, monthly book club reads, and our personal non-Shedunnit reading habits. We attempt to outline a comprehensive list of tips for accessing books, ranging …
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John Curran joins Caroline to read Christie’s third novel, her first (sort of?) to appear as a green penguin. My new book, A Body Made of Glass: A History of Hypochondria, is out now. To find out more and get your copy, visit my website carolinecrampton.com/abodymadeofglass. A full list of titles in the Penguin series can be found at penguinfirsted…
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This is the Shedunnit Book Club companion episode for April 2024, in which we are reading These Names Make Clues by E.C.R. Lorac. There are no major spoilers in this primer, but if you'd rather read the book with no knowledge of its plot or structure at all, I'd recommend listening only once you've finished reading. I’ll see you in the Shedunnit fo…
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A portrait of a writer via her addresses. My new book, A Body Made of Glass: A History of Hypochondria, is out now. To find out more and get your copy, visit my website carolinecrampton.com/abodymadeofglass. Mentioned in this episode: — The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie — The Hollow by Agatha Christie — Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie — The Myste…
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Meet the hypochondriacs of golden age detective fiction My new book, A Body Made of Glass: A History of Hypochondria, is out now in the UK and published on 24th April in North America. To find out more and get your copy, visit my website carolinecrampton.com/abodymadeofglass. Mentioned in this episode: — "The Case of the Perfect Maid" by Agatha Chr…
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This is the Shedunnit Book Club companion episode for March 2024, in which we are reading Trent’s Last Case by E.C. Bentley. There are no major spoilers in this primer, but if you'd rather read the book with no knowledge of its plot or structure at all, I'd recommend listening only once you've finished reading. I’ll see you in the Shedunnit forum f…
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In this bonus episode, Leandra and I discuss our thoughts on spoilers, our personal experiences with spoilers, and the various ways spoilers can be well-intentioned or nefarious. This is a subject I covered more broadly in a general episode from November 2020, Spoiler Warning (Ad Free). Of course, there are no actual spoilers in either episode, so …
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A scientific murder mystery. 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 Tea Leaf" by Robert Eustace and Edgar Jepson Related Shedunnit Episodes: — Who Was Robert…
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The crime fiction of Lucy Beatrice Malleson deserves to be better known. 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. Join the Shedunnit Book Club for two extra Shedunnit episodes a month plus acce…
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This is extra audio from my interview with Jules Burt, which appeared in The Green Penguin episode of the main podcast. A list of mentioned books is in the shownotes of that main episode. You can find more content from Jules by watching his YouTube channel, Jules Burt Collections and Unboxings. Listen using the player above, your private podcast fe…
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This is the Shedunnit Book Club companion episode for February 2024, in which we are reading The Division Bell Mystery by Ellen Wilkinson. There are no major spoilers in this primer, but if you'd rather read the book with no knowledge of its plot or structure at all, I'd recommend listening only once you've finished reading. I’ll see you in the She…
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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. My new book, A Body Made of Glass: A History of Hypochondria, is published in April. To find out more and regi…
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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. My new book, A Body Made of Glass: A History of Hypochondria, is published in April. To find out …
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In this bonus episode, I return to some book recommendation requests that I was unable to feature in The Murder Mystery Hotline (Ad Free) back in May 2023. I hope you can add a few of these titles to your ever growing want-to-read list. Listen using the player above, your private podcast feed (instructions here) or download the mp3 directly. Mentio…
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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…
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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…
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This is the Shedunnit Book Club companion episode for January 2024, in which we are reading The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie. There are no major spoilers in this primer, but if you'd rather read the book with no knowledge of its plot or structure at all, I'd recommend listening only once you've finished reading. I’ll see you in the Shed…
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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 memb…
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As promised, this bonus episode provides a complete breakdown of fascinating trends involving the book club's voting polls and short list results. Leandra and I discuss these findings and how they will impact the Shedunnit Book Club in 2024, if at all. If you would like to read through the findings before, after, or as you listen to our discussion,…
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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 — …
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This is the Shedunnit Book Club companion episode for December 2023, in which we are reading Murder After Christmas by Rupert Latimer. There are no major spoilers in this primer, but if you'd rather read the book with no knowledge of its plot or structure at all, I'd recommend listening only once you've finished reading. I’ll see you in the Shedunn…
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A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Spoilers: there will be minor details shared for all the novels and stories listed below, and major spoilers towards the end for The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L. Sayers and Robert Eustace. The latter will be flagged just before I get to it, so you can safely listen to the rest of the episode an…
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In this bonus episode, Caroline and Leandra discuss a recently popular topic within the Shedunnit book club forum: book afterlives. Initiated by book club member Justin, the community has been sharing reading habits, book collection processes, and redistribution techniques. If you would like to see how other members feel about this subject, or you …
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This is the Shedunnit Book Club companion episode for November 2023, in which we are reading Murder in the Falling Snow, edited by Cecily Gayford. There are no major spoilers in this primer, but if you'd rather read the book with no knowledge of its plot or structure at all, I'd recommend listening only once you've finished reading. I’ll see you in…
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Private members’ clubs are surprisingly popular with corpses. Mentioned in this episode: — The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L Sayers — Death at the Club by Miles Burton — "The Angel in the House" by Coventry Patmore, collected in The Angel in the House — Maurice by E. M. Forster — Book of Household Management by Isabella Beeton — “…
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How Adelaide Bartlett got away with murder. Mentioned in this episode: — The Anatomy of Murder by the Detection Club — Sweet Adalaide by Julian Symons Additional books consulted: — The Trial of Adelaide Bartlett, both 1886 and 1927 editions — Victorian Murderesses by Mary S. Hartman — Molecules of Murder by John Emsley — Crime and the Respectable W…
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This bonus episode is a bit of a patchwork quilt. First, I will be giving you my thoughts on the recently released film, A Haunting in Venice. Then, you will hear a section of conversation that I had with guest Carla Valentine during our interview recording for the Spooky Sleuthing episode, in which we discussed the film as well. If you missed Carl…
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The supernatural and the rational come together in the murder mystery. Thank you to my returning guest, Carla Valentine, for joining me. This episode also marks the start of the Shedunnit Pledge Drive! Existing members get access to this year’s pledge drive perk, the Shedunnit Book of Pre Golden Age Detective Fiction, an audio compilation of twelve…
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This is the Shedunnit Book Club companion episode for October 2023, in which we are reading Fear for Miss Betony by Dorothy Bowers. There are no major spoilers in this primer, but if you'd rather read the book with no knowledge of its plot or structure at all, I'd recommend listening only once you've finished reading. I’ll see you in the Shedunnit …
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Christie and Wodehouse had a lot in common. Thank you to my guest, Eliza Easton, for joining me to discuss PG Wodehouse and his friendship with Agatha Christie, a friendship that had a bit of a rocky start. Eliza founded a think tank called Erskine Analysis, which works on creative industries and soft power and the future of the UK economy, but one…
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Wouldn’t sleuthing be so much easier if the dead could speak to the living? This episode was first released on 18th September 2019. Be aware: there are no major (ending!) spoilers in this episode but there are plot descriptions given of the books listed below. Books mentioned: — Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers — Peril at End House by Agatha Chri…
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What's in the true detective fiction fan's library? Be aware: there are no major (ending!) spoilers in this episode but there are plot descriptions given of the books listed below. Books recommended: — Speedy Death by Gladys Mitchell — The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley — Murder in the Basement by Anthony Berkeley — The Hunting Party …
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For this bonus episode, you're going to hear my full interview with Kathryn Ferry from the Murder-on-Sea episode of the podcast. If you have questions or observations after listening to this, do join me and other members in the forum to discuss all things seaside. Kathryn Ferry is a historian of the British seaside, specialising in things like pier…
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Murder does like to be beside the seaside. Thanks very much to my guests. Dr Allan Brodie is a visiting fellow at Bournemouth University and the author of books including England's Seaside Heritage from the Air. Dr Kathryn Ferry is a historian of the British seaside and the author of books including The British Seaside Holiday, more information ava…
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This is the Shedunnit Book Club companion episode for August 2023, in which we are reading Untimely Death by Cyril Hare. There are no major spoilers in this primer, but if you'd rather read the book with no knowledge of its plot or structure at all, I'd recommend listening only once you've finished reading! I’ll see you in the Shedunnit forum for o…
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When the temperature rises, don't lose your cool. Thanks to my guest Cecily Gayford — you can find more information about Murder in a Heatwave and all the other anthologies she has edited via the website for Profile Books. Be aware: there are spoilers in this episode for the the story "The Vindictive Story of the Footsteps That Ran" by Dorothy L. S…
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This is extra audio from my interview with Andy Zaltzman, which appeared in the Cricket and Crime episode of the main podcast. A list of mentioned books is in the shownotes of that main episode. You can find more cricket-related content and news from Andy by listening to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5, or via his podcast, The Bugle Ashes Urncast…
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This is the Shedunnit Book Club companion episode for July 2023, in which we are reading The Turquoise Shop by Frances Crane. There is a non-spoilery plot summary included (ie no major clues or twists), but you've been warned! I’ll see you in the Shedunnit forum for our fully spoilered discussion thread on 31st July. Links: — The reading themes for…
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Why are crime writers so bowled over by the game? Thank you to my guests, Dr. Andrew Green and cricket statistician Andy Zaltzman. You can find more cricket-related content and news from Andy by listening to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5, or via his podcast, The Bugle Ashes Urncast. Be aware: there are spoilers in this episode for the plot of M…
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How do we approach offensive language in texts from previous times? Thank you to my guest, Subhadra Das. If you are interested in her book, (Un)Civilised: Ten Lies That Made the West, it is available for pre-order through Blackwell's and other booksellers. Mentioned in this episode: — The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle, introduction by Shaf…
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This is extra audio from my interview with Elly Griffiths, which appeared in A Detective's Farewell (Ad Free) of the main podcast. A list of mentioned books is in the shownotes of that main episode. You can find Elly's website here. Listen using the player above, your private podcast feed (instructions here) or download the mp3 directly.…
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