The Men Who Explain Miracles is a podcast with a focus on impossible crimes in fiction, staffed by myself and Dan from The Reader is Warned, recorded in my front room, and posted here roughly every two months.
This page will serve as a record of every episode to date, with a brief introduction and the relevant audio link(s); if you wish to read any more about each episode, click on the title to be taken to the original post on this blog (where it exists — the first few episodes were posted on SoundCloud before we started to run out of space and hosting them on WordPress turned out more financially viable).
Apologies for the occasional changes in appearance; WordPress, for reasons known only to itself, has a habit of deleting my HTML tags and ruining the formatting.
Episode 9: Laying Down the Laws
In which we examine the lists of rules put forward by S.S. van Dine and Ronald Knox as they attempt to get a handle on the rules of Golden Age detective fiction.
Current President of the Detection Club Martin Edwards discusses classic detective fiction, the appeal of the Golden Age, and his new novel Gallows Court. Dan and I try not to geek out too much in the process.
Episode 3: Republishing Murder on the Way! (1935) by Theodore Roscoe
Working with the wonderful people at Bold Venture Press, I was involved in the republishing of two out of print impossible crime novels by Theodore Roscoe: Murder on the Way! (1935) and I’ll Grind Their Bones (1936). Here I talk through the process, and we look at the first of these in a bit more depth.
Episode 3: Murder on the Way!
Episode 2: An Interview with Robin Stevens
Robin Stevens — bestselling author of the Murder Most Unladylike series — joined us to discuss classic detective fiction, impossible crimes in her own books, and continuing the work of Siobhan Dowd with The Guggenheim Mystery (2017)
Episode 2: Robin Stevens Interview
Episode 1: Rim of the Pit (1944) by Hake Talbot
Our very first episode, part of the quarterly Spoiler Warning series, in which we discuss the classic impossible crime novel Rim of the Pit (1944) by Hake Talbot.