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Queering The Golden Age

What if everything we thought about murder mysteries was wrong?

Thanks to my guest, Benedict Morrison. Among his many publications, you can read him on Agatha Christie’s theatrical work in the Bloomsbury Handbook to Agatha Christie.

Mentioned in this episode:
The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie
A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie
— The “Queer Clues” episode of Shedunnit
Towards Zero by Agatha Christie
The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
Suddenly At His Residence aka The Crooked Wreath by Christianna Brand
The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Queering Agatha Christie by J.C. Bernthal

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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… Continue Reading

The Nobodies

Clerks, shop assistants, secretaries, salespeople — we have lots to learn from the lower middle class characters of classic detective fiction. Thanks to my guest, Dr Nicola Bishop. Her book, Lower-Middle-Class Nation: The White-Collar Worker in British Popular Culture is published by Bloomsbury Academic. Find out more about this episode at shedunnitshow.com/thenobodies. To support the… Continue Reading

Agatha’s Archaeologists

Agatha Christie knew more than most about digging up corpses. There are no major spoilers in this episode, but be aware that there are mentions of plot points from the books listed below. Books and sources: — The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie — Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie — An… Continue Reading

Agatha Christie Writes Alone

Agatha Christie had a very productive WW2. This is the start of Queens of Crime at War, a six part series looking at what the best writers from the golden age of detective fiction did once that period came to an end with the start of the Second World War. Thanks to my guests: —… Continue Reading

Adaptations (with Sarah Phelps)

For many people, their main contact with detective fiction is via film and television adaptations. For a huge global audience, Agatha Christie’s work is as often watched as it is read. Any new production is greeted with intense scrutiny, so what is it really like to adapt these stories? Screenwriter Sarah Phelps, the woman behind the… Continue Reading