Is it possible to write a whodunnit and leave out the police?
The inspiration for this episode was Nicole’s article “Who Are You Going To Call: Rethinking The Role Of Police In Mysteries“.
There are no major spoilers in this episode, but there is some discussion of the works listed below.
Sources and further information:
— The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
— “On Duty With Inspector Field” by Charles Dickens in Household Words
— Bleak House by Charles Dickens
— A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh
— The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh
— Death In Ecstasy by Ngaio Marsh
— The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
— Look to the Lady by Margery Allingham
— Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers
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