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Agatha Christie’s Many Houses

A portrait of a writer via her addresses.

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Mentioned in this episode:
The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie
The Hollow by Agatha Christie
Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

Sources consulted:
Agatha Christie’s Complete Secret Notebooks edited by John Curran
Agatha Christie: A Biography by Janet Morgan
Agatha Christie: An English Mystery by Laura Thompson
Agatha Christie: A Very Elusive Woman by Lucy Worsley

Shedunnit episodes referenced:
At Home with Agatha Christie
Agatha The Adventuress
Agatha’s Archaeologists

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Murder-on-Sea

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Miss Marple, Spinster Sleuth

A feminist take on the gossiping busybody of St Mary Mead. Thanks to my guest, Leandra Griffith. As well as being Shedunnit’s production assistant, she posts about mysteries on her Instagram @leandra_thetbrzero and her YouTube channel. Become a member of the Shedunnit book club and get bonus audio, listen to ad free episodes and join… Continue Reading

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If you need a golden age detective fiction recommendation, we are at your service. To take part in future interactive episodes, become a member of the Shedunnit Book Club now at shedunnitbookclub.com/join. Mentioned in the episode:— A Grave Mistake by Ngaio Marsh— Common or Garden Crime by Sheila Pim— Unholy Dying by RT Campbell— The… Continue Reading

The Golden Age Autopsy

Step inside the mortuary. Thanks to my guest, Carla Valentine, for joining me. Her book, Murder Isn’t Easy: The Forensics of Agatha Christie, has lots more on this subject, as does her previous appearance on Shedunnit, Murder Isn’t Easy. Mentioned in the episode: — Murder Isn’t Easy by Carla Valentine— The Murder at the Vicarage… Continue Reading

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How much did Agatha Christie really know about dead bodies? Thanks to my guest for this episode, Carla Valentine. She is a trained mortuary technician and the technical curator at Barts Pathology Museum in London. She’s also the author of Murder Isn’t Easy: The Forensics of Agatha Christie. There are no major plot spoilers in… Continue Reading

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Agatha Christie’s England

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Agatha Christie’s England Transcript

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Swan Song

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Swan Song Transcript

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