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A Prize Mystery

Could you beat the detective to the solution?

This live episode of Shedunnit was recorded at the 2022 International Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay.

Mentioned in this episode:

The Wintringham Mystery by Anthony Berkeley
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
The Mystery of Norman’s Court by John Chancellor
The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie
The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
The Clocks by Agatha Christie
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Memories and Adventures by Arthur Conan Doyle
Murder in Rockwater by Margot Neville
Murder of Olympia by Margot Neville
Forever England by Alison Light
“The Decline and Fall of the Detection Story” by W. Somerset Maugham collected in The Vagrant Mood
“Who Cares Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?” by Edmund Wilson in The New Yorker (20 June 1945)
“Manx Gold” by Agatha Christie collected in While The Light Lasts
Not To Be Taken by Anthony Berkeley
Death in the House by Anthony Berkeley
“Mr Cork’s Secret” by MacDonald Hastings collected in Crimson Snow
The Crime of the Century by Kingsley Amis
Cain’s Jawbone by E. Powys Mathers, aka Torquemada

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