48. The Telephone Call

Why has the murder of Julia Wallace on the night of 20 January 1931 haunted detective novelists for decades? Well, it all comes back to the telephone call.

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Books and sources:
The Nurse Daniels episode of this podcast
The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L. Sayers and Robert Eustace
The Nurse Daniels episode of this podcast
The Scoop by Members of the Detection Club
The Anatomy of Murder by Members of the Detection Club
“The Compassionate Machine” by Margery Allingham, collected in Truly Criminal: A Crime Writers’ Association Anthology of True Crime edited by Martin Edwards
Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers
Skin for Skin by Winnifred Duke
Vegetable Duck by John Rhode
The Telephone Call by John Rhode
“Absolutely Elsewhere” by Dorothy L. Sayers, collected in In the Teeth of the Evidence
Personal Call by Agatha Christie
P.D. James on the Wallace case in 2013
The Skull Beneath The Skin by P.D. James
The Murder Room by P.D. James
The Trial of William Herbert Wallace by W.F. Wyndham Brown
Wallace: The Final Verdict by Roger Wilkes
The Killing of Julia Wallace by Jonathan Goodman

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47. Locked Room

A body is found in a sealed chamber, definitely murdered, but there is no way the culprit can have got in or out. How was it done?

Special thanks to my guest Jim Noy. He writes about detective fiction at theinvisibleevent.com, makes a podcast called In GAD We Trust, and once compiled a useful list of his 15 favourite impossible crime novels.

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Books and sources:
The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe (actually published in 1841, not 1843 as I wrongly say in the episode)
A Master of Mysteries by L.T. Meade and Robert Eustace
The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L. Sayers and Robert Eustace
“The Adventure of the Speckled Band” in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill
The Great Thinking Machine: “The Problem of Cell 13” and Other Stories by Jacques Futrelle
The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace
“The Invisible Man” by G.K. Chesterton
“The Round Room Horror” by A. Demain Grange, available in Ye Olde Book of Locked Room Conundrums edited by Jim Noy
Hag’s Nook by John Dickson Carr
The Plague Court Murders by Carter Dickson
The Problem of the Green Capsule by John Dickson Carr
The Problem of the Wire Cage by John Dickson Carr
Green for Danger by Christianna Brand
Tour de Force by Christianna Brand
Death of Jezebel by Christianna Brand
The French Powder Mystery by Ellery Queen
The Crooked Wreath / Suddenly at His Residence by Christianna Brand
Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
The House That Kills by Noel Vindry
La Treizieme balle by Marcel Lanteaume
Six crimes sans assassin by Pierre Boileau
The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux
The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo
Invisible Green by John Sladek
Black Aura by John Sladek
The Case of the Little Green Men by Mack Reynolds
Puzzles Of The Black Widowers by Isaac Asimov
Asimov’s Mysteries by Isaac Asimov
The Real Town Murders by Adam Roberts
Goodnight Irene by James Scott Byrnside
The Opening Night Murders by James Scott Byrnside

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46. The Lifelong Fan

Renée read her first detective novel in the 1930s. She hasn’t stopped since.

Special thanks to my guest Renée. Her first crime novel is The Wild Card.

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Books and sources:
These Two Hands by Renée
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
Wednesday to come by Renée
Setting the table by Renée
An interview with Renée from 2017 on RNZ

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45. The Detection Club

It started with dinner and ended with a group of crime writers swearing an oath on a skull.

Special thanks to my guest Martin Edwards. His latest novel is Mortmain Hall and he’s on Twitter as @medwardsbooks.

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Books and sources:
The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards
The Complete Father Brown Mysteries by G.K. Chesterton
Conan Doyle and the Crimes Club by Stephen Wade
The Scoop and Behind the Screen by Members of the Detection Club
The Floating Admiral by Members of the Detection Club
Ask a Policeman by Members of the Detection Club
Martin Edwards’s website
Mortmain Hall by Martin Edwards
Gallows Court by Martin Edwards
The Sinking Admiral by Members of the Detection Club
The Anatomy of Murder by Members of the Detection Club
Howdunit by Members of the Detection Club

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44. A Room of One’s Own

If a woman needs a room of her own and £500 a year to write fiction, what does she need in order to write crime fiction?

Special thanks to my guest Francesca Wade. Her book is Square Haunting: Five Women, Freedom and London Between the Wars. She’s on Twitter @francescawade.

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Books and sources:
Square Haunting: Five Women, Freedom and London Between the Wars by Francesca Wade
A Room of One’s Own
by Virginia Woolf
Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers
Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf
Mutual Admiration Society by Mo Moulton
Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul 
by Barbara Reynolds
Gaudy Night 
by Dorothy L. Sayers
Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?
by Katrine Marcal
Are Women Human?: Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society
by Dorothy L. Sayers
In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens
by Alice Walker
Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral
by Phyllis Wheatley

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43. Murder On Holiday

This summer, you can still travel to the murderous destinations visited by your favourite detectives.

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Books and sources:
Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers
Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh
At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie
—“Triangle at Rhodes” in Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie
—“The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan” in Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers
Spinsters in Jeopardy by Ngaio Marsh
Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers
Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie
Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie
Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie
Singing in the Shrouds by Ngaio Marsh
Forever England: Femininity, Literature and Conservatism Between the Wars by Alison Light
The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey
Calamity in Kent by John Rowland
The Cornish Coast Murder by John Bude
The Mystery of the Blue Train  by Agatha Christie
A Caribbean Mystery  by Agatha Christie
Death in Clairvoyance  by Josephine Bell
Tour de Force  by Christianna Brand
When in Rome by Ngaio Marsh
Crossed Skis by Carol Carnac
Dead Men Don’t Ski by Patricia Moyes
“The Erymanthian Boar” from The Labours of Hercules by Agatha Christie
Peril at End House  by Agatha Christie
Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers
“The Unsolved Puzzle of the Man with No Face” fromLord Peter Views The Body by Dorothy L. Sayers
Evil Under the Sun  by Agatha Christie
“The Blood Stained Pavement” and “The Companion” fromThe Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie
Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries  edited by Martin Edwards
Murder in Midsummer: Classic Mysteries for the Holidays  edited by Cecily Gayford
Murder Takes a Holiday: Classic Crime Stories for Summer  edited by Cecily Gayford

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42. E.C.R. Lorac

She wrote over 70 detective novels and won the praise of that most stern of critics, Dorothy L. Sayers. Yet golden age author E.C.R. Lorac is now a mystery to most modern crime fiction fans. What happened?

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

Special thanks to my guest Sarah Ward. She is the author of several crime novels under her own name, and her Gothic thriller The Quickening comes out in August under the name Rhiannon Ward. You can pre-order that here or find out more on her website crimepieces.com. She’s on Twitter @SarahRWard1.

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Books and sources:
The Organ Speaks by E.C.R. Lorac
The Murder on the Burrows by E.C.R. Lorac
Murder in the Mill-Race by E.C.R. Lorac
Murder by Matchlight by E.C.R. Lorac
Picture of Death by E.C.R. Lorac
Crossed Skis by Carol Carnac
Bats in the Belfry by E.C.R. Lorac
Fell Murder by E.C.R. Lorac
Fire in the Thatch by E.C.R. Lorac
Shroud of Darkness by E.C.R. Lorac
Masters of the Humdrum Mystery  by Curtis Evans
Curtis Evans’ blog The Passing Tramp
Martin Edwards’ blog Do You Write Under Your Own Name?

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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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