Another week in lockdown, another episode of my new “hopefully this will distract you” Golden Age Detection podcast, In GAD We Trust.
Today I’m joined by Aidan of Mysteries Ahoy! who, having made something of a study of the inverted mystery on his blog, suggested them as the topic for this episode. In order to better observe social distancing, we recorded this while in separate countries, with a shift from Zoom to Zencastr as the platform of choice making me wonder why everyone is clamouring for the end of the alphabet when it comes to naming their collaboration software…which we can all reflect on another time.
Anyway, the origins, the purpose, the variations, and the game-playing of a story that tells you whodunnit up front is examined in a loosely meandering way — as are my own initial objections to the form, a few movies that employ the inverted structure, and a sudden moment of elucidation when I remember a TV show from about 20 years ago. There was originally much more Jim Thompson in here, too, but I recognised that our nerding out was veering off-topic a bit and so trimmed it back.
Also not included is Aidan’s five attempts trying and failing to say “Heir Presumptive by Henry Wade” while we giggled like loons, but if we want to be taken seriously then we must not be seen to be so frivolous. And so, without further ado, here it is…
My thanks to Aidan for taking the time to talk about this, and thanks once again to the incomparable Jonny Berliner for the music.