35. The Dispenser

There’s a reason why Agatha Christie knew so much about poisons.

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Books and sources:
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup
—”In a Dispensary” by Agatha Christie from the collection The Road of Dreams
Agatha Christie: A Biography by Janet Morgan
An Autobiography by Agatha Christie
Guardian Obituary: Rosalind Hicks by Janet Morgan
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
—”Dame Agatha’s Dispensary” by Eunice Bonow Bardell in Pharmacy in History, Vol. 26, No. 1 (1984)

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34. Happily Ever After

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What would Peter Wimsey be without Harriet Vane?

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Books and sources:
“Twenty Rules for Writing Detective Stories” by SS Van Dine
Ronald Knox’s Decalogue
Till Death Do Us Part by John Dickson Carr
The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
N or M? by Agatha Christie
By The Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie
Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie
The Big Four by Agatha Christie
“The Capture of Cerberus” from The Labours of Hercules by Agatha Christie
Artists in Crime by Ngaio Marsh
Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh
Final Curtain by Ngaio Marsh
Clutch of Constables by Ngaio Marsh
Mystery Mile by Margery Allingham
Sweet Danger by Margery Allingham
The Fashion in Shrouds by Margery Allingham
Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
“Romance and the Literary Detective: The Legacy of Dorothy Sayers” by Cushing Street
Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Mutual Admiration Society by Mo Moulton
Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths (Ruth Galloway #1)
Thrones, Dominations by Jill Paton Walsh
The Late Scholar by Jill Paton Walsh

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33. All At Sea

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What could be a better place for a murder than a boat, out at sea?

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Books and sources:
—Several of the short stories I mentioned are collected in Deep Waters: Mysteries on the Waves from the British Library
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Singing in the Shrouds by Ngaio Marsh
Nine – And Death Makes Ten by Carter Dickson
The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
“Four Friends and Death” by Christopher St John Sprigg
“Man Overboard” by Edmund Crispin
“The Blood Stained Pavement” by Agatha Christie
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
The Plague Court Murders by Carter Dickson
“Bullion!” by William Hope Hodgson
“The Thimble River Mystery” by Josephine Bell
The Floating Admiral by the Detection Club
Fatal Venture by Freeman Wills Crofts

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32. The Pale Horse

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How Agatha Christie’s spooky story inspired real life murderers and detectives.

A friendly warning: there are major spoilers for The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie in this episode.

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Special thanks today to my guests Kathryn Harkup and Sarah Phelps. Kathryn’s book is A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie and she’s on Twitter @RotwangsRobot. Sarah’s adaptation of The Pale Horse is available in the UK on BBC iPlayer and in the US on Amazon Prime from 13 March. She’s on Twitter @PhelpsieSarah. Also, I’m indebted to Nick Hilton of Podot Pods for his recording assistance.

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Books and sources:
The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie
Final Curtain by Ngaio Marsh
“How Agatha Christie mystery The Pale Horse may have inspired a murderer” by Kathryn Harkup for the Guardian
A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup

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31. The Great Gladys

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On Philip Larkin, a reptilian sleuth with a mellifluous voice, and a small amount of witchcraft.

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Special thanks today to my guest Lee Randall. You can follow her on Twitter @randallwrites and read her writing about Gladys Mitchell here.

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Books and sources:
“Rediscovering Gladys Mitchell” by Lee Randall on Bookslut
“Open that window, Miss Menzies” by Patricia Craig in the London Review of Books
Philip Larkin on Gladys Mitchell in the Observer
On the Philip Larkin Collection in the British Library
Interview with Gladys Mitchell by B.A. Pike in the Armchair Detective, October 1976
Speedy Death by Gladys Mitchell
Brought to Book: Philip Larkin and His Bibliographer by B.C. Bloomfield
Here Lies Gloria Mundy by Gladys Mitchell
Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Devil at Saxon Wall by Gladys Mitchell
When Last I Died by Gladys Mitchell
Printer’s Error by Gladys Mitchell
Brazen Tongue by Gladys Mitchell
Sleuth’s Alchemy by Gladys Mitchell
Nest of Vipers by Gladys Mitchell
Here Comes a Chopper by Gladys Mitchell
Hangman’s Curfew by Gladys Mitchell
Spotted Hemlock by Gladys Mitchell
Watson’s Choice by Gladys Mitchell
The Mystery of a Butcher’s Shop by Gladys Mitchell

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30. Teaching Sleuthing

Detective fiction has always been regarded as a lesser kind of literature. So how do you teach it in a university?

Find links to all the books and sources mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/teachingsleuthing.

Special thanks today to my guest Dr Victoria Stewart. You can follow her on Twitter @verbivorial and order her book Crime Writing in Interwar Britain: Fact and Fiction in the Golden Age here.

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Books and sources:
“Who Cares Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?” by Edmund Wilson
“The Purloined Letter” by Edgar Allen Poe
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman by E.W.Hornung
Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers
Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
“The Case of Agatha Christie” by John Lanchester in the London Review of Books

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29. Victorian Pioneers

Decades before Miss Marple, there were Victorian lady sleuths taking on the world with their bloomers and their bicycles.

Find links to all the books and sources mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/victorianpioneers.

Special thanks today to my guest Olivia Rutigliano. You can follow her on Twitter @oldrutigliano and reader her recent article for Lapham’s Quarterly “The Lady Is A Detective” here.

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Books and sources:
The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime edited by Michael Sims
The Dead Witness: A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Detective Stories edited by Michael Sims

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28. Let It Snow

Snow is a very powerful tool for a detective novelist. It can create a sinister atmosphere, keep suspects and murderer stormbound, and preserve the footprints of anyone who dares to escape. What could be more seasonal or festive than that?

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Books and sources:
Murder on the Orient Express (1934) by Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1938) by Agatha Christie
Mystery in White  (1937) by J. Jefferson Farjeon
Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries  (2015) edited by Martin Edwards
The Sittaford Mystery  (1931) by Agatha Christie
The Nine Tailors  (1934) by Dorothy L. Sayers
“The Erymanthian Boar” in The Labours of Hercules  (1947) by Agatha Christie
An English Murder  (1951) by Cyril Hare
Death and the Dancing Footman  (1942) by Ngaio Marsh
Three Blind Mice and Other Stories  (1950) by Agatha Christie
Stairway to Murder (1959) by Osmington Mills
There Came Both Mist and Snow  (1940) by Michael Innes
The Sad Variety  (1964) by Nicholas Blake
Blood Upon the Snow  (1944) by Hilda Lawrence
The Slype (1927) by by Russell Thorndike
Hangman’s Holiday  (1933) by Dorothy L. Sayers
Groaning Spinney / Murder in the Snow  (1950) by Gladys Mitchell
The Case of the Abominable Snowman (1941) by Nicholas Blake
Groaning Spinney / Murder in the Snow  (1950) by Gladys Mitchell
1222 (2011) by Anne Holt
The Snowman (2007) by Jo Nesbo
Whiteout (2011) by Ragnar Jonasson

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27. Competent Women

Anne Bedingfield, Emily Trefusis, Lucy Eyelesbarrow: why is it that Agatha Christie’s adventurous, highly competent young women never get to become recurring sleuths?

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Books and sources:
Agatha Christie’s Complete Secret Notebooks by John Curran
The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie  by Charles Osborne
An Autobiography   by Agatha Christie
The Secret Adversary (1922) by Agatha Christie
The Man in the Brown Suit  (1924) by Agatha Christie
The Sittaford Mystery  (1931) by Agatha Christie
The Secret of Chimneys  (1925) by Agatha Christie
The Seven Dials Mystery  (1929) by Agatha Christie
The Mystery of the Blue Train  (1928) by Agatha Christie
Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?  (1934) by Agatha Christie
They Came to Baghdad  (1951) by Agatha Christie
4.50 From Paddington  (1957) by Agatha Christie

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26. Notable Trials

How did a legal history series become so well known that even Lord Peter Wimsey owned a set?

Find links to all the books and sources mentioned at shedunnitshow.com/notabletrials.

Special thanks today to my guest Dr Victoria Stewart. You can follow her on Twitter @verbivorial and order her book Crime Writing in Interwar Britain: Fact and Fiction in the Golden Age here.

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Books and sources:
Strong Poison (1930) by Dorothy L. Sayers
A Pin To See The Peep Show  (1934) by F Tennyson Jesse
Portrait of Fryn: Biography of F.Tennyson Jesse  (1984) by Joanna Colenbrander
The Anatomy of Murder (1936) by The Detection Club
The Poisoned Chocolates Case  (1929) by Anthony Berkeley
Malice Aforethought  (1931) by Francis Iles
“Decline of the English Murder” (1946) by George Orwell
Death at the Opera  (1934) by Gladys Mitchell

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