Death of the Reader

Death of the Reader

Join Flex and Herds as they take you on a Murder Mystery World Tour in Death of the Reader. From classic British puzzles in the Golden Age of Detective Fiction to the weirdest of foreign detective fiction, explore everything in the grizzly world of the 'locked room'. Each week we'll feature academics, authors and more as we trace the influences of the genre around the world.... Show More

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August 3, 2020 30 min
We discuss chapters 1-4 of Good Murder by Robert Gott. After Polly Drummond is found dissolving in the water tower of Maryborough, Queensland, the town is in upheaval. Chief suspect is our... hero? William Power leads the Power Players, his acting troupe, as they prepare to perform for the uninterested town. With the police on his tail and a poor attitude getting him in more and more trouble, Will Power's situation only gets wo...
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We discuss chapters 28-39 of All The Tears In China by Sulari Gentill. As Rowland is put to hell and back again by the bloodhound Inspector Randolph over the death of Bertie Middleton, hope of catching the true criminal seems to dwindle. Taking a gruesome look inside a British prison in 1930s Shanghai, will Herd's solution be enough to save Rowland from his grizzly death in the confronting conclusion. We're joined one last ...
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We discuss chapters 15-27 of All The Tears In China by Sulari Gentill. As the scale of crime escalates drastically and Rowland finds himself on the receiving end of explosions and high-speed violins. Pressure mounts to cave to business demands from the traders he was sent to delay, Rowland begins to doubt that he'll be capable of carrying out the mission his brother sent him for. With the Police only getting more aggressive, ca...
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We discuss chapters 1-14 of All The Tears in China by Sulari Gentill. Finding himself in political hot water with the Attorney General over his involvement with Egon Kisch on his last adventure, Rowland Sinclair is shipped off to Shanghai by his brother Wilfred to buffer a trade deal while the thread of trade embargoes to their buyers in Japan loom overhead. Seeing the opportunity for a break, Rowland's band of merry communists...
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We discuss Parts 4 and 5 of The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith AKA J.K. Rowling. As the wild ride comes to an end we see inside a truly twisted psychopathic mind of the killer, and learn just what the definition of insanity really is. Herds is ready to just about lose his mind as he deep dives into the mindset of the Greco-Roman heroes of old, and Flex explains exactly how his mind has been changed from one part to the next. ...
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We discuss Part 3 of The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith AKA J.K. Rowling. Flex is worried with this one, the adventure around London has been to so many unique places, from a designer clothes store to Cormoran’s nephew’s birthday party, to a fast food joint in downtown. It seems like these scenes are disconnected to each other but could there be a method to this madness? We get to know Cormoran’s employer, John Bristow, and h...
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We discuss Parts 1-2 of The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith AKA J.K. Rowling. Our hero, a crippled yet undeniable lady-killer Cormoran Strike is tasked by a local businessman John Bristow with solving the death of his adoptive sister, Lula Landry. Fallen from her own apartment block at the height of her celebrity fame, public opinion has ruled the death as a suicide. With Cormoran’s paycheck and Bristow’s mental wellbeing on t...
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We discuss both of the Guy Ritchie Sherlock movies starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Sherlock and Watson. With his signature stylings comfortably at home with the swashbuckling hijinks of Conan Doyle’s famous duo, Guy Ritchie dishes out one great film and a film. Whilst the first film proves a thoroughly enjoyable romp, the few problems it had seem only to exacerbate themselves in the sequel. We talk whether or not it’s wo...
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June 1, 2020 30 min
We discuss the first season of Elementary produced by CBS starring Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Sherlock and Watson. Taking Sherlock Holmes out of 221B Baker St and placing him in a New York Brownstone more reminiscent of Van Dine and Rex Stout’s work seems a peculiar move. After concluding its’ 7-season run in 2019, we take back a look at where it all began, talking about how being open about its use of Conan Doyle’s characte...
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May 25, 2020 30 min
We discuss the first season of Sherlock produced by the BBC starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock and Watson. Leading the charge in modern enthusiasm in Detective Fiction, this beloved, over-dramatised retelling of Sherlock Holmes in the modern day spawned countless debates over whether the absurdity of its plot devices and visuals actually led to a passable show. Revisiting it now, 10 years later, how does i...
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We discuss chapters 10-12 of The Sign of The Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It seems as though this book will be wrapped up neatly, until we take a sharp left turn and end up in 18th Century India. Flex and Herds once again must tackle blatant racism in an old murder mystery, can we finally put the topic to bed? Definitely not! Yet there is still merit to this ancient tale written far before our time. All is revealed and we discus...
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We discuss chapters 6-9 of The Sign of The Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As Sherlock Holmes drives himself closer to the villain of this tale, and the recovery of a stolen treasure, he brings all the charm he can muster by dressing up like an old fisherman and being captured by his own friend Watson, as well as employing a small army of street urchins in pursuit of the murderer! Sherlock is convinced the elusive peg-legged Jonath...
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We discuss chapters 1-5 of The Sign of The Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As we unfurl the curtain on the second of the infamous Sherlock Holmes series, John B. Watson is as obsessed with the beauty and charm of Sherlock Holmes’ client as she is with figuring out what guardian angel has been watching over her since her father passed away. As we are introduced to a cast of exotic characters (many of whom Sherlock seems to know pers...
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We discuss chapters 20-26 of A Decent Interval by Simon Brett. With the case solved, how can Charles Paris safely separate himself from the crime? We’ve discovered Charles’ moral compass might not be quite centred, but is his resolution satisfying, and how does Simon Brett’s mystery construction hold up to Knox and Van Dine, as well as Flex’s signature method. We’re joined again by Simon Brett to talk about the evolving field of cr...
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We discuss chapters 12-19 of A Decent Interval by Simon Brett. As Charles Paris finds himself stuck in power plays between the production team and the PR Agency representing the victim, but has he stuck himself in too deep? As Herds seeks to unravel the mystery, can he decipher between the evidence and distractions Simon Brett has so excellently laid? We’re also joined by Simon himself to talk about returning to Charles Paris after...
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We discuss chapters 1-11 of A Decent Interval by Simon Brett. Continuing on our voyage of theatre-adjacent crime fiction, we delve into one of the first stories Flex ever solved as he developed his signature method. Finally visiting Simon Brett's works, after speaking with him last year about his role as the chairman of the Detection Club, how do our expectations hold up? As Charles Paris is reintroduced to the world of modern ...
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We discuss the Australian Murder Mystery film 'Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears'. Taking fan-favourite detective Phryne Fisher on a wild adventure across the world, throwing back to the tales of Sherlock Holmes that inspired her, a complex mystery unfurls. Our standard affair goes to a wild new level that most definitely sits outside the world of Knox and Van Dine.
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We discuss chapters 8-11 of Opening Night, or Night at the Vulcan by Ngaio Marsh. As our interrogations lead towards a crawling solution, Flex unveils the real reason for the breakup of the book in this case, as an interesting setup starts to peel back, revealing a hollow interior. How did this book lead to Ngaio Marsh being Damed? Has it held up? We also speak with author Peter Swanson about his latest book, Eight Perfect Murders,...
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We discuss chapters 6-7 of Opening Night, or Night at the Vulcan by Ngaio Marsh. As our murder finally takes place, Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn finally shows up to solve the murder of Bennington, a crime seemingly copycatting the murder that previously closed the Vulcan Theatre years ago. With only a couple of chapters of clues, can Herds pull through using symbolism as a weapon and take his points? We also speak with Chris...
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We discuss chapters 1-5 of Opening Night, or Night at the Vulcan by Ngaio Marsh. As the Vulcan Theatre prepares to open for its' first production in a long time, The Revisit, Martyn Tarne is faced with a theatre that seems to have a sinister life of its' own. As the backstage politics of the cast starts to cause turmoil, can the production go ahead, and can Herds even find a mystery to solve? We also speak with friend of th...
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