The key difference this week is that Dan has actually given his books an order (my “pull them out of a hat while written on bits of paper” method being too self-consciously retro for his tastes), and so you get to discover what he says is currently his favourite impossible crime novel ever.
As I said last week, I’ll post the actual lists somewhere at some point, but in the meantime we hope you enjoy listening and discovering Dan’s choices. And, once you’re done, be sure to check out his thoughts on all manner of impossible crime fiction and other classic detection at his blog, The Reader is Warned.
Okay, on with the show…
Nine months after the posting of this, I’m now adding Dan’s list of books, which from memory I’m pretty sure is:
The Crooked Wreath (1947) by Christianna Brand
The Problem of the Green Capsule (1939) by John Dickson Carr
The Problem of the Wire Cage (1939) by John Dickson Carr
Till Death Do Us Part (1944) by John Dickson Carr
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1938) by Agatha Christie
The Peacock Fether Murders (1938) by Carter Dickson
The Reader is Warned (1939) by Carter Dickson
She Died a Lady (1943) by Carter Dickson
A Graveyard to Let (1949) by Carter Dickson
Killer’s Wedge (1959) by Ed McBain
Murder on the Way! (1935) by Theodore Roscoe
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders (1981) by Soji Shimada
Rim of the Pit 91944) by Hake Talbot
The Big Bow Mystery (1892) by Israel Zangwill
But wait, there’s more! Not everything we record makes it into these episodes — I insist on singing a show tune, but we never have the money for the copyright — and Dan felt the following would alter the focus of this episode a little too much.
We did, however, want to share this snippet of conversation because, well, we found it interesting, and would welcome any views anyone has. What’s it about? Well, listen and find out…
Also, yes, La Maison Interdit is by Michel Herbert and Eugene Wyl, and not Marcel Lanteaume. That’s also something that played a part in the excision of the above; my typing shames me enough without also getting my classic-era French impossibility authors confused. Man, I may never be able to show my face again.
Two months from now we have something lined up that I’m so excited about I daren’t even mention it in advance as it may not come off. Rest assured, it will absolutely be worth this entirely taken-on-trust anticipation should it happen, so here’s hoping we see you in June with that.
Because if it doesn’t come off, it’ll be an episode of my one-man show of Le Miserable and to hell with the lawyers…