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You Probably Imagined It!

Meet the hypochondriacs of golden age detective fiction.

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Mentioned in this episode:
— “The Case of the Perfect Maid” by Agatha Christie, collected in Miss Marple’s Final Cases
N or M? by Agatha Christie
The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie
Green for Danger by Christianna Brand
Black Plumes by Margery Allingham
— “The Blue Geranium” by Agatha Christie, collected in The Thirteen Problems
The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie
The Labours of Hercules by Agatha Christie
Fear for Miss Betony by Dorothy Bowers
A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
4.50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie
Family Matters by Anthony Rolls
— “They Don’t Wear Labels” by E.M. Delafield, collected in Capital Crimes
Below Suspicion by John Dickson Carr
Blue Murder by Harriet Rutland
Grave Mistake by Ngaio Marsh
Police at the Funeral by Margery Allingham
Poison in the Garden Suburb by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole

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There are some minor spoilers in this episode — no solutions to whodunnits totally revealed, but some plot details discussed. If you want to avoiding knowing such details about something that you’re reading or plan to read, please consult the list of books and stories in the episode description before proceeding.

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The Psychology of Anthony Berkeley

He was one of the most influential crime novelists of the 1920s and 1930s, but has languished somewhat in obscurity since. A troubled, dark, incredibly innovative writer: to really get to know Anthony Berkeley, you need to dive deeply into his fiction. Thanks to my guest Martin Edwards. His latest novel is Mortmain Hall and… Continue Reading

The Psychology of Anthony Berkeley Transcript

Caroline: The writers of detective stories can be as much of a mystery as the plots they create. During the 1920s and 30s, this attitude was especially prevalent. Some authors, grudgingly or not, accepted the publicity duties that often go with literary success — Dorothy L. Sayers, with her day job in advertising, was even quite… Continue Reading

Edith Thompson Transcript

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 before nine am her gaolers injected her with a sedative, and then offered her brandy as well to calm her nerves.… Continue Reading

Edith Thompson

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. Long after she was dead, her story would inspire authors like James Joyce, E.M. Delafield, Dorothy L. Sayers and Sarah Waters, and you… Continue Reading