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Spooky Sleuthing

The supernatural and the rational come together in the murder mystery.

Thank you to my returning guest, Carla Valentine, for joining me.

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Mentioned in this episode:
The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie
The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace
The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie
The Halloween Murders by John Newton Chance
Wraiths and Changelings by Gladys Mitchell
Calendar of Crime by Ellery Queen
The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham
The Plague Court Murders by John Dickson Carr
The Red Widow Murders by John Dickson Carr
Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer
When Last I Died by Gladys Mitchell
Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie
— The Unicorn Murders by John Dickson Carr
A Corpse at Camp Two by Glyn Carr
He Who Whispers by John Dickson Carr
The Spirit Murder Mystery by Robin Forsythe
Look to the Lady by Margery Allingham

Related Shedunnit episodes:
Knock Knock
Murder Isn’t Easy
The Golden Age Autopsy

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Should detective fiction be easy reading? Thanks to my guest, Eric Sandberg. He is an assistant professor at City University of Hong Kong and the editor of Dorothy L. Sayers: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction. Mentioned in this episode: — Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers — The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins — The… Continue Reading

The Murder At Road Hill House Transcript

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Policing the Detectives Transcript

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