You’re doubtless aware of the superbly wide-ranging Golden Age-focussed Shedunnit podcast run by Caroline Crampton, and I was delighted to be asked to contribute to an episode about locked room mysteries and impossible crimes. The results are now online for your listening pleasure.
We take a broad look at the origins and development of the genre, and I have to admit that going back to the beginning was a lot of fun — sometimes you end up so deep in something that it’s possible to forget where it all began. So, starting with some early examples of the impossible crime and taking a harum-scarum dash through a very potted history of the subgenre as a whole, this will hopefully be the only primer you ever need…!
You can find the episode at the Shedunnit website here, or indeed wherever you make your podcasting home. My thanks to Caroline for asking me to be involved, and I hope you, dear listener, are even half as entertained hearing this as I was making it.
Since we’re discussing podcasts, now’s a good time to let you know that Moira, Brad, and myself will be following up our recent spoiler-filled discussion of The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920) by Agatha Christie with a spoiler-filled discussion of The Murder at the Vicarage (1930) by Agatha Christie at some point in October. Yes, my Spoiler Warning posts are going to become Christie-focussed podcast episodes for the foreseeable future, because it’s lots of fun talking with Moira and Brad and, frankly, we could all use a little more fun in our lives right now, hein?
Expect updates as we make them, but the safest bet at present is that this discussion will see the light in the second half of next month.
6 thoughts on “#702: Shedunnit x The Invisible Event – Locked Room Mysteries”
Well done JJ 🙂
Thanks, Sergio, but if anyone deserves congratulations it’s Caroline for taking my rambling and fitting it into a coherent narrative 🙂
But, hang on, what’s the problem with Chesterton’s “Invisible Man” exactly? You’ve probably posted on this previously but …
Oh, god. Let me come back from hiatus first, eh? 😀
JJ – thanks for another enjoyable podcast. Impossible crimes starting from the Bible to Poe to Chesterton to Carr to Brand to Asimov to Caroline mentioning Jonathan Creek at the end … impressive.
I like your take on the emergence and importance of maps to give the reader a sense of the physical space. I have always loved maps that accompany the story. They make the narrative more vivid in my mind while reading them. The few Dell mapbacks I have been able to collect are prize GAD possessions.