The Murder At Road Hill House

This sensational case from 1860 ignited a wave of detective fever that we still haven’t recovered from.

Thanks to my guest Robin Stevens — you can hear her on two previous episodes of the show, Back to School and Death Sets Sail on the Nile, and her new collection of short stories about schoolgirl detectives Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells is called Once Upon A Crime and comes out in August 2021.

We do discuss the outcome of the Road Hill House case, so if you want to read The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or any other account without knowing what happens at the end, do that before you listen to this.

My new map and guide, Agatha Christie’s England, is available for pre order now in physical form at or as an audiobook at

Books mentioned and sources used:

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
“The Adventure of Silver Blaze” from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale
Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L Sayers
— “Constance Kent” by John Rhode in The Anatomy of Murder
“Miss Kent and Major Street: The Case of Constance Kent” by The Passing Tramp

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