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Whodunnit Centenary: 1924

Time travelling, murder mystery style.

Mentioned in this episode:
The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
The Plague Court Murders by John Dickson Carr
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers
A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh
Death of a Ghost by Margery Allingham
Checkmate to Murder by ECR Lorac
That Yew Tree’s Shade by Cyril Hare
Tenant for Death by Cyril Hare
A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
From Doon With Death by Ruth Rendell
Cover Her Face by PD James
The Face of Trespass by Ruth Rendell
Malice Aforethought by Frances Iles
Before the Fact by Frances Iles
The Crozier Pharaohs by Gladys Mitchell
Speedy Death by Gladys Mitchell
Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie
Original Sin by PD James
End of Chapter by Nicholas Blake
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
The Secret Place by Tana French

Mentioned Shedunnit episodes:
A Century of Whodunnits
A Second Century of Whodunnits
The Kidnap of Elizabeth Canning, with guest Tana French

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Invert everything you know about murder mysteries. Mentioned in this episode:— “The Case of Oscar Brodski” by R. Austin Freeman— The Mystery of 31, New Inn by R. Austin Freeman— The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman— John Thorndyke’s Cases by R. Austin Freeman— “A Wastrel’s Romance” by R. Austin Freeman— “The Art of… Continue Reading

A Second Century of Whodunnits

Reading my way through the last hundred years, from the 1920s to the 2020s, one mystery at a time. My previous attempt at this reading project can be found in the episode A Century of Whodunnits. Books mentioned: — Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L Sayers — Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles — Laurels are… Continue Reading

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