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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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?

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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.

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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?

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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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25. The Mutual Admiration Society

One chilly night in November 1912, a group of young women gathered together to share their writing with each other. From that meeting, we got Peter Wimsey, Harriet Vane, and so much more besides.

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Special thanks today to my guest Mo Moulton, you can follow them on Twitter @hammock_tussock and order their book The Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers And Her Oxford Circle Remade The World For Women at Amazon, Waterstones, Hive or your local independent bookshop.

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Books and sources:
Mutual Admiration Society  by Mo Moulton
Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Live and Soul  by Barbara Reynolds
Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
Have His Carcase  by Dorothy L. Sayers
Gaudy Night  by Dorothy L. Sayers
Busman’s Honeymoon  by Dorothy L. Sayers

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24. Enter The Watson

The detective’s sidekick is a fundamental building block of the classic whodunnit. But they don’t often get full credit for the vital role they play in solving mysteries. Until now, that is.

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Books and sources:
A Caribbean Mystery  by Agatha Christie
The Complete Sherlock Holmes  by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
The Detective As Reader: Narrativity And Reading Concepts In Detective Fiction by Peter Hühn
Closure in Detective Fiction by Eyal Segal
The Red House Mystery  by A.A. Milne
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd  by Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles  by Agatha Christie
Mystery Mile by Margery Allingham
Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers
Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie
Mrs McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie
Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie
Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers

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23. Off The Rails

There’s something so linear and definite about a train journey — it can only take you from A to B, with no possible deviations. Except when murder intervenes, and throws everything off the rails.

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Books and sources:
The Complete Sherlock Holmes  by Arthur Conan Doyle
—”The Fallow Fields of Fiction” by Arnold Bennett in The Author’s Craft: And Other Critical Writings of Arnold Bennett
The Edwardian Detective: 1901-15 by Joseph A Kestner
Thrilling Stories of the Railway by V.L. Whitechurch
The Cask  by Freeman Wills Crofts
Bloody Murder  by Julian Symons
Masters of the “Humdrum” Mystery: Cecil John Charles Street, Freeman Wills Crofts, Alfred Walter Stewart and the British Detective Novel, 1920-19  by Curtis Evans
“A Mystery of the Underground” by John Oxenham, collected in Capital Crimes: London Mysteries
4.50 from Paddington  by Agatha Christie
The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
An Autobiography by Agatha Christie
The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
Stamboul Train by Graham Greene
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Railway Detective by Edward Marston

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22. Knock Knock

Even the best detectives get stuck during their cases. Wouldn’t sleuthing be so much easier if the dead could speak to the living?

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Books and sources in order of appearance:
Strong Poison  by Dorothy L. Sayers
Peril at End House  by Agatha Christie
Murder Most Unladylike  by Robin Stevens
The Plague Court Murders  by John Dickson Carr
When Last I Died  by Gladys Mitchell
The Sittaford Mystery  by Agatha Christie
Dumb Witness  by Agatha Christie
“The Last Seance” in The Hound of Death  by Agatha Christie

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