41. Mary Westmacott

Sometimes, Agatha Christie didn’t want to be Agatha Christie.

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Books and sources:
The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
The Big Four by Agatha Christie
The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Mr Quin by Agatha Christie
Giant’s Bread by Mary Westmacott
“The Lady Vanishes” — episode 4 of Shedunnit about Christie’s disappearance
Rosalind Hicks’ article about Mary Westmacott
Unfinished Portrait by Mary Westmacott
The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
An Autobiography by Agatha Christie
The Rose and the Yew Tree  by Mary Westmacott
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott
Agatha Christie: The Woman and her Mysteries by Gillian Gill
“A Hidden Body in the Library: Mary Westmacott: Agatha Christie, and Emotional Violence” by Sarah E. Whitney from Clues: A Journal of Detection, Vol 29 Number 1, Spring 2011
Agatha Christie: A Biography by Janet Morgan

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40. Dorothy’s Secret

There was one thing that Dorothy L. Sayers never told anyone.

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Books and sources:
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Mutual Admiration Society by Mo Moulton
The Devil is an English Gentleman by John Cournos
Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul by Barbara Reynolds
Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers
Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers
Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers, 1899-1936: The Making of a Detective Novelist edited by Barbara Reynolds
Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers: Selections from Her Novels, Plays, Letters, and Essays edited by Carole Vanderhoof
Dorothy L. Sayers: A Careless Rage For Life by David Coomes

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39. Cui Bono?

It’s not who, or how, but why.

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Books and sources:
Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers
Heir Presumptive by Henry Wade
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Footsteps at the Lock by Ronald Knox
The Crooked Hinge by John Dickson Carr
Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey
The Belting Inheritance by Julian Symons
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
Too Many Cousins by Douglas G Browne
Dead March for Penelope Blow by George Bellairs
4.50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie
Police at the Funeral by Margery Allingham
The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin
“The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Meleaguer’s Will” and “The Piscatorial Farce of the Stolen Stomach” by Dorothy L. Sayers, both collected in Lord Peter Views the Body

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38. The Collectors

The perfect collection is never complete.

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Books and sources:
Dance of the Years by Margery Allingham
Mrs McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie
Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie
Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie
Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie

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37. Bedside Manner

Is that smiling nurse in the pristine white cap here to save your life, or to bring it to an untimely end?

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Books and sources:
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Shroud for a Nightingale by P.D. James
Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers
Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie
“The Blue Geranium” in The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie
The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
Hilda Wade by Grant Allen
Miss Pinkerton by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
Don’t Open the Door by Anthony Gilbert
Scales of Justice by Ngaio Marsh
The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh
Cherry Ames, Student Nurse by Helen Wells
Green for Danger by Christianna Brand
The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh

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36. The Hay Poisoner



All the best murder mysteries start with a scone laced with arsenic.

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Books and sources:
The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards
A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup
Exhumation of a Murder by Robin Odell
Dead Not Buried by Martin Beales
Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles
The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley
Detection Unlimited by Georgette Heyer
Murder Is Easy by Agatha Christie
Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers
Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
Bernard Spilsbury: His Life and Cases by Douglas E Browne and EV Tullett

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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.

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

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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