Transcripts

Enter The Watson Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of the twenty-fourth episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. Caroline: There’s a moment in Agatha Christie’s 1964 novel A Caribbean Mystery that I think about a lot. Miss Marple, generously sent on a luxury winter holiday to the island of St Honoré… Continue reading…

Off The Rails Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of the twenty-third episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. [Train sound effect] Caroline: It’s an iconic mystery setting, almost to the point of cliche, reproduced in lovingly nostalgic detail in films and TV adaptations. The panelled walls of polished wood, deep carpets,… Continue reading…

Knock Knock Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of the twenty-first episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. Caroline: Even the best detectives get stuck during their cases. The alibis are overlapping, the witnesses are contradicting themselves, and the medical evidence isn’t making anything clearer. As readers of whodunnits, as confused… Continue reading…

Brides In The Bath Transcript

Caroline: If a terrible accident takes place and a woman dies, it’s just a tragedy. If the same thing happens again, in almost identical circumstances, it might arouse pity and raise a few eyebrows, but it’ll mostly be written off as an appalling coincidence. But the third time? That’s when things start to get suspicious.… Continue reading…

The Lady Detective Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of the twentieth episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. Caroline: If you’re listening to this podcast, I feel like I can reasonably make the assumption that at some point in your life, you have read a detective novel. I’ll go further: you… Continue reading…

Back To School Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of the nineteenth episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. Caroline: School is enclosed world. Perhaps you finished your education just a handful of years ago, or perhaps it’s been decades. But either way, I bet you can still remember the claustrophobic atmosphere… Continue reading…

Florence Maybrick II Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of the eighteenth episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice.Noise of train approaching Caroline: A few weeks ago, on a rainy Monday afternoon, I took a train towards Liverpool from the village where I live. Train announcer: This train is for Liverpool Central Caroline:… Continue reading…

On The Thames Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of the seventeenth episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. Caroline: The Thames is probably the most storied river in the world. Its 215 mile expanse, from its source at Kemble in Gloucestershire to the far reaches of the estuary where it joins the… Continue reading…

Florence Maybrick I Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of the sixteenth episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. Caroline: It was the spring of 1880 when a young woman named Florence Chandler and her mother, the Baroness von Roques, boarded a steamer in New York bound for Liverpool. Florence was just 17,… Continue reading…

Period Style Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of the fifteenth episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. Music The most recognisable thing about Golden Age Detective fiction — more than the murder weapons, the puzzles and all the other trappings of the classic whodunnit — is the time in which it is set.… Continue reading…

Pseudonyms Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of the fourteenth episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. Caroline: Authors’ names and personalities loom large when we think about detective stories. It’s enough to say “I’m reading an Agatha Christie”. You don’t need to give the title or summarise the plot for… Continue reading…

The Secret Life of Ngaio Marsh Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of the thirteenth episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. Caroline: Before we get started with today’s show, I want to tell you about another podcast you should check out. The Lonely Palette is a show that aims to make art history accessible, enjoyable,… Continue reading…

Round Robin Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of the twelfth episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. Caroline: Writing is a solitary pastime. To invent the characters and stories that readers love, most authors have to lock themselves away from the world, avoiding company and interruptions until the blank page is… Continue reading…

The Other Detectives Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of the eleventh episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. Caroline: Some sleuths need no introduction. They are constantly re-incarnated on television, on stage, in films, in new novels. Fans pore over the books and stories in which they appear, passionately discussing and dissecting… Continue reading…

Nurse Daniels Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of the tenth episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. Caroline: On 6 October 1926, a young woman went into the cloakroom on the quay at Boulogne in France. Her friend was waiting for her outside, expecting her to come out again quickly because they… Continue reading…

The Rules Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of the ninth episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. Caroline: A good detective story has a recognisable rhythm. The plot might have unexpected twists and the characters can surprise you, but there are certain structures and tropes that recur through much of the crime… Continue reading…

Dining with Death Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of the eighth episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. Caroline: It’s a perfect image of family harmony and domestic bliss. Everyone gathered around a table groaning with food, brought together for the daily ritual of breaking bread. Maybe it’s a huge dining room… Continue reading…

Edith Thompson Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of the seventh episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. Caroline: On the morning of 9 January 1923, a brutal and horrifying execution took place at Holloway Prison in London. The condemned young woman screamed and cried, but no last minute reprieve arrived. Just… Continue reading…

Adaptations Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of the sixth episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. Caroline: We think about murder mysteries as “page turners”. For lots of fans, the physical act of reading these books, of racing through the story and seeing the number of unread pages dwindling… Continue reading…

Crime at Christmas Transcript

 Here’s a full transcript of the fifth episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. Caroline: The classic Christmas traditions are all about comfort. Blazing fires, mulled drinks, vast quantities of food — it’s all intended make the darkest time of year that little bit brighter. Much… Continue reading…

The Lady Vanishes Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of the fourth episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. On 3 December 1926, Agatha Christie left her home in the southern English county of Berkshire just after 9.30 in the evening. She drove away in her Morris Cowley car, taking a small suitcase… Continue reading…

Queer Clues Transcript

 Here’s a full transcript of the third episode of Shedunnit. Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. [Music] Caroline: On the surface, everything about classic detective stories seems straightforward. It’s all very black and white: people are either good or bad, guilty or innocent. There’s not a lot of grey… Continue reading…

Crippen Transcript

 Here’s a full transcript of the second episode of Shedunnit.  Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. Caroline: A classic murder mystery is a closed circle. It’s why settings like trains, islands and country houses are so popular in the detective stories of the 1920s and 30s. They naturally limit and… Continue reading…

Surplus Women Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of the first episode of Shedunnit.  Click here to listen to it now in your app of choice. Caroline: Every age has had a different way of describing a woman who exists alone, rather than as part of a couple. Today, she might just call herself “single”, but at different times in… Continue reading…

Whodunnit? Transcript

Here’s a full transcript of this mini first episode of Shedunnit.  Listen to it now in your app of choice. Caroline: For a couple of decades between the first and second world wars, something mysterious happened. Many things, actually — there were murders in country houses, on golf courses, in Oxford colleges, on trains, in vicarages, in far… Continue reading…