Category: Episodes

20. The Lady Detective

Meet Maud West, a real life lady detective from the golden age of detective fiction who lived a very colourful life — as well as sleuthing, she liked to dress up as Charlie Chaplin and once threatened to shoot a ghost. But who was she, really?

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Guest:
Susannah Stapleton, author of The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective

Books mentioned in order of appearance:
The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective by Susannah Stapleton
British Women in the Twentieth Century by Elsie M. Lang
Lady Molly of Scotland Yard  by Baroness Orczy

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19. Back To School

School is an enclosed world that breeds tension and suspicion and stress. No wonder it’s such a perfect setting for a murder mystery.

Find links to all the books mentioned and more details about my guests at shedunnitshow.com/backtoschool.

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Contributors:
Moira Redmond, author of the Clothes in Books blog
Robin Stevens, author of the Murder Most Unladylike book series

Books mentioned in order of appearance:
The Governess, or The Little Female Academy by Sarah Fielding
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
David Copperfield  by Charles Dickens
Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes
A Terrible Tomboy by Angela Brazil
The Naughtiest Girl in the School by Enid Blyton
The School at the Chalet by Elinor Brent-Dyer
Moira’s blog about The Silent Three
First Term at Mallory Towers  by Enid Blyton
The Clue in the Castle by Joyce Bevins Webb
A Question of Proof  by Nicholas Blake
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey
Cat Among The Pigeons by Agatha Christie
Quiet as a Nun by Antonia Fraser
The Secret Place by Tana French
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
First Class Murder  by Robin Stevens
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/florencemaybricktwotranscript.

Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.

18. Florence Maybrick II

Her trial gripped the nation and tested Britain’s legal system to the limit. But what happened to Florence Maybrick?

This is the second of a two part story — listen to episode 16 first at shedunnitshow.com/florencemaybrick.

Find links to further information and sources at shedunnitshow.com/florencemaybricktwo.

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Books consulted for research:
The Golden Age of Murder  by Martin Edwards
A is for Arsenic  by Kathryn Harkup
Did She Kill Him?  by Kate Colquhoun
The Anatomy of Murder  
by Members of the Detection Club

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Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.

17. On The Thames

The River Thames has always had a dark side. Its fast-flowing, tidal waters have long attracted those with something to hide.

Find links to further reading and sources at shedunnitshow.com/onthethames.

You can order my book about the Thames, The Way to the Sea, from Waterstones, Amazon or an independent bookshop. For international purchases, Amazon is (sadly) the best option.

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Books mentioned in order:
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
Footsteps at the Lock by Ronald Knox
—”Dark Waters” by Freeman Wills Crofts is collected in Bodies from the Library
Sunset Over Soho
by Gladys Mitchell
A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey

Further Thames reading:
Original Sin by P.D. James
Strange Tide by Christopher Fowler
Trouble on the Thames by Victor Bridges

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Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/onthethamestranscript.

Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.

16. Florence Maybrick I

A shipboard romance that somehow became one of the most notorious domestic poisoning cases in British history. This is the story of Florence Maybrick.

Check back for part two of this story on 12 June.

Find links to further information and sources at shedunnitshow.com/florencemaybrick.

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Books consulted for research:
The Golden Age of Murder  by Martin Edwards
A is for Arsenic  by Kathryn Harkup
Did She Kill Him?  by Kate Colquhoun
The Anatomy of Murder  
by Members of the Detection Club

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Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/florencemaybricktranscript.

Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.

15. Period Style

Murder mysteries: if you believe the clichés, they all happened in the 1920s and 1930s, surrounded by flappers and butlers.  But let’s take a second to wonder — why is it that detective fiction is so closely associated with this period style?

Find more information about my guest Jacqueline Winspear and the Maisie Dobbs books at her website jacquelinewinspear.com and get links to the books discussed at shedunnitshow.com/periodstyle.

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Books mentioned in order of appearance:
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Ariel by André Maurois
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers
Third Girl by Agatha Christie
Halloween Party by Agatha Christie
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear

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Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/periodstyletranscript.

Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.

14. Pseudonyms

Authors’ names loom large when we think about detective stories. Yet many of them are pseudonyms, created just to appear on book covers. But why go to all this trouble? And what makes a good pen name, anyway?

Find more information about my guest Helen Fields / H.S. Chandler at her website helenfields.co.uk and get links to the books discussed at shedunnitshow.com/pseudonyms.

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Books mentioned in order of appearance:
The Man in the Queue  by Gordon Daviot / Josephine Tey
A Room of One’s Own  by Virginia Woolf
Josephine Tey: A Life  by Jennifer Morag Henderson
Kif: An Unvarnished History by Gordon Daviot
Richard of Bordeaux, a play in two acts by Gordon Daviot
A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey
Degrees of Guilt  by H.S. Chandler

Sponsor:
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Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/pseudonymstranscript.

Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.

13. The Secret Life of Ngaio Marsh

By any definition, the New Zealand crime writer Ngaio Marsh lived an extraordinary life. But who was she really, this globetrotting blockbuster author who divided her life between opposite sides of the world?

Find more information about my guest Joanne Drayton and links to the books discussed at shedunnitshow.com/ngaiomarsh.

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Things mentioned in order of appearance:
The Lonely Palette podcast
Ngaio Marsh: Her Life in Crime by Joanne Drayton
A Man Lay Dead  by Ngaio Marsh
Murder at the Vicarage  by Agatha Christie
Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Crime at Black Dudley  by Margery Allingham
Murder on the Orient Express  by Agatha Christie
The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers
Died in the Wool  by Ngaio Marsh
Colour Scheme  by Ngaio Marsh

Further reading and sources:
Ngaio Marsh: A Life  by Margaret Lewis (the authorised biography from 1991)
Black Beech and Honeydew  by Ngaio Marsh (her autobiography)
The Golden Age of Murder  by Martin Edwards

Sponsor:
The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah, published by HarperCollins. Enter the competition to win a copy by sending an email to competition@audioboom.com.

Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/ngaiomarshtranscript.

Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.

12. Round Robin

Writing is usually a solitary pastime, yet a group of detective fiction authors in the early 1930s decided to work together on murder mystery stories. Is it possible to construct a compelling whodunnit this way, or do too many cooks spoil the broth?

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Find more information about this episode and links to the books discussed at shedunnitshow.com/roundrobin.

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Books and articles mentioned in order of appearance:
The Scoop  & Behind the Screen by members of the Detection Club
The Floating Admiral by certain members of the Detection Club
The Fate of Fenella by Arthur Conan Doyle and others
The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards
Ask A Policeman by members of the Detection Club
The Anatomy of Murder by members of the Detection Club
Six Against the Yard by members of the Detection Club
The Sinking Admiral by members of the Detection Club

Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/roundrobintranscript.

Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.

11. 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.

Find more information about this episode and links to the books discussed at shedunnitshow.com/theotherdetectives. 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.

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Books and articles mentioned in order of appearance:
The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie
The Old Man in the Corner by Baroness Orczy
N or M? by Agatha Christie
By The Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie
Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie
In the Teeth of the Evidence by Dorothy L. Sayers (first collection with Montague Egg stories)
Hangman’s Holiday by Dorothy L. Sayers (second collection with Montague Egg stories)
Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers
“The Divine Detective in the Guilty Vicarage” by Dr Robert Zaslavsky

Find a full transcript of this episode at shedunnitshow.com/theotherdetectivestranscript

Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See shedunnitshow.com/musiccredits for more details.