What Would You Do: Something in the Water

Brook and Sarah break down the choices the narrator makes in Catherine Steadman’s 2018 domestic thriller Something in the Water. This episode goes into detail about the plot; to avoid spoilers, read the book first. Discussed Something in the Water (2018) Catherine Steadman For more information Instagram: @cluedinmysteryContact us: hello@cluedinmystery.comMusic: […]

Anthony Berkeley

Brook and Sarah explore the life and writing of Golden Age author Anthony Berkeley, founder of the Detection Club and author of several novels under different pen names. Discussed The Layton Court Mystery (1925) Anthony Berkeley (originally published as by “?”) The Winteringham Mystery (1927) Anthony Berkeley (originally published as […]

Kevin Flynn: From the courtroom to the page

Sarah and Brook speak with former Department of Justice prosecutor Kevin Flynn about moving from a legal career to writing mystery fiction and non-fiction. Mentioned Relentless Pursuit (2007) Kevin Flynn Rock Creek (2024) Kevin Flynn For more information Instagram: @cluedinmysteryContact us: hello@cluedinmystery.comMusic: Signs To Nowhere by Shane Ivers – www.silvermansound.comSign […]

Bonus: Clued In Writes a Mystery

Brook and Sarah are about to start writing a traditional mystery together. In this bonus episode, they brainstorm ideas and review survey results from listeners and newsletter subscribers who weighed in on the sleuth’s age and the mystery setting. Members of the Clued in Cartel will have the opportunity to […]

Legal Mysteries

From courtroom dramas to lawyers investigating crimes on behalf of their clients, legal mysteries and thrillers have engaged audiences for longer than you think. In this episode, Brook and Sarah discuss mysteries with a legal theme. Discussed The Leavenworth Case (1878) Anna Katharine Green Erle Stanley Gardner (creator of Perry […]

Summer Mysteries

When the heat is on and tempers flare, you have the perfect condition for a mystery. Brook and Sarah discuss how to stay cool by reading some of their favourite summer-themed mysteries. Discussed Midsummer Mysteries: Tales from the Queen of Mystery (2023) Agatha Christie Have His Carcass (1932) Dorothy L. […]

Christie’s Sleuths: Miss Marple

Miss Marple is one of Agatha Christie’s famous creations. In today’s episode, Brook and Sarah discuss the books and short stories that feature this fascinating detective and are surprised to learn how many of Christie’s works Miss Marple appeared in. Discussed “Tuesday Night Club” (1927) Agatha Christie The Thirteen Problems […]

Mystery Fun and Games

Games have long been a way for armchair sleuths to prove their deductive skills. In today’s episode, Brook and Sarah discuss the origins of mystery games, the different types of games mystery fans play, and their enduring popularity. Discussed Clue Boardgame (1949) Hasbro Clue: Harry Potter Edition (2008) Clue: Brooklyn […]

Medical Mysteries

Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals make fantastic sleuths. In this episode, Brook and Sarah discuss the origins of the medical mysteries and thrillers. Discussed Kay Scarpetta series (1990-2023) Patricia Cornwell Grant Country series (2001-2007) Karin Slaughter Bones (2005-2017) Fox Studios House (2004-2012) Fox Studios Silent Witness (1996-2024) BBC Dr. […]

Modern Greats: PD James

Brook and Sarah explore the life and writing of PD James, creator of Detective Dalgliesh. Discussed Cover Her Face (1962) PD James Innocent Blood (1980) PD James Dalgliesh (2021) Acorn TV Death Comes to Pemberley (2011) Pride and Prejudice (1813) Jane Austen Children of Men (1992) PD James Women of […]

Re-release: Unreliable Narrators

This is a repeat of an episode originally released on November 8, 2022. Liar? Naïve? Or impaired? What if the narrator of the story isn’t telling the truth? In this week’s episode, Brook and Sarah discuss surprising twists and the cues that they’re coming. Works mentioned or discussed Gone Girl […]

Re-release: True Crime

If you can’t get read, watch, or listen to enough true crime, this episode is for you. This week, Brook and Sarah discuss what makes true crime such a popular part of the mystery genre. This is a re-release of an episode originally published January 31, 2023. Discussed in order […]

Bonus: Clued in Book Club episode 1

Brook and Sarah kick off the Clued in Book Club with a short introduction to their first pick: Holmes, Marple & Poe by James Patterson and Brian Sitts. Find out why they picked the book and why they think the title is different in Canada and the US. Future episodes […]

Re-release: Unsolved Mysteries

This is a release of an episode originally published on June 6, 2023. As much as we love coming up with the solution before the sleuth in fictional mysteries, there is something about unsolved mysteries that is fascinating. In today’s episode, Brook and Sarah discuss four well-known unsolved mysteries and […]

Continuing the Story: Mike Ripley and Albert Campion

In this episode, Brook and Sarah are joined by Mike Ripley, who has authored an additional 12 novels featuring Margery Allingham’s sleuth Albert Campion. Mike shares his experiences continuing another author’s work. Discussed Mr. Campion’s Farewell (2014) Mike Ripley after P. Youngman Carter Cargo of Eagles (1968) Margery Allingham with […]

Golden Age Author Margery Allingham

This week, Brook and Sarah take a deep dive into the life and writing of Golden Age author and “queen of crime” Margery Allingham. Discussed The Crime at Black Dudley (1929) Margery Allingham Blackerchief Dick (1923) Margery Allingham Women of Mystery: The Lives and Works of Notable Women Crime Novelists […]

Modern Greats: Sue Grafton

Brook and Sarah start a new series exploring the life and writing of modern masters of the mystery genre. This week, they discuss Sue Grafton, author of 25 novels in the Alphabet series featuring PI Kinsey Milhone. Titles mentioned Keziah Dane (1967) Sue Grafton The Lolly-Madonna War (1973) Sue Grafton […]

Hallmark Mysteries and More with Eric Rutin (part 2)

Eric Rutin from Hallmark Mysteries and More joins Brook and Sarah to share his expertise on favorite Hallmark mysteries adapted from books. Second of a two-part conversation. Discussed Gilded Newport Mysteries: Murder at the Breakers (2024) Hallmark Murder at the Breakers (2014) Alyssa Maxwell Mystery 101 (2019-2021) Hallmark The Gourmet […]

Hallmark Mysteries and More with Eric Rutin (part 1)

Eric Rutin from Hallmark Mysteries and More joins Brook and Sarah to share his expertise on favorite Hallmark mysteries adapted from books. First of a two-part conversation. Discussed The Gourmet Detective (1994) Peter King The Gourmet Detective (2015) Hallmark Mystery 101 (2019-2021) Hallmark Flower Shop Mysteries (2016) Hallmark Darrow and […]

Mysteries for Young Sleuths with Lori Briley Fairchild

In this week’s episode, Brook and Sarah are joined by middle-grade author Lori Briley Fairchild to speak about what goes into a mystery for young sleuths. Discussed Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective (1963) Donald J. Sobol Nancy Drew Mystery Stories (1930-2003) Carolyn Keene Hardy Boys Mystery Stories (1927-2005) Franklin W. Dixon […]

What Would You Do: The Drowning Woman by Robyn Harding

Brook and Sarah discuss the 2023 release The Drowning Woman by Robyn Harding and what they would do in the main character’s situation. Discussed The Drowning Woman (2023) Robyn Harding For more information Instagram: @cluedinmysteryContact us: hello@cluedinmystery.comMusic: Signs To Nowhere by Shane Ivers – www.silvermansound.comSign up for our newsletter: https://cluedinmystery.com/clued-in-chronicle/Join […]

When Neighbors Go Bad

In this week’s episode, Brook and Sarah explore mysteries with bad neighbors who turn your home–the place you should feel safest–into a dangerous place. Discussed Rear Window (1954 film) Alfred Hitchock The House Across the Lake (2022) Riley Sager The Manor House (2023) Gilly Macmillan The Watcher (2022 series) Netflix […]

Mysteries in Unusual Formats

Avid mystery fans are familiar with the expectations of the genre. Occasionally, an author will try something new and delight fans in the process. In this episode, Brook and Sarah discuss mysteries that bend genre conventions. Discussed Wrong Place Wrong Time (2023) Gillian McAllister Love Letters Between a Nobleman and […]

Christie’s Sleuths: Superintendent Battle

Brook and Sarah continue their exploration of Agatha Christie’s sleuths. In this episode, they discuss Superintendent Battle, who appeared in five novels between 1925 and 1944. Discussed The Secret of Chimneys (1925) Agatha Christie The Seven Dials Mystery (1929) Agatha Christie Cards on the Table (1936) Agatha Christie Murder is […]

Winter Mysteries

Snow and darkness are the hallmarks of winter (at least in the Northern Hemisphere). They are also perfect for setting up an intriguing mystery. In this episode, Brook and Sarah discuss what makes a great winter mystery and a few of their favourites. Discussed And Then There Were None (1939) […]

Winter 2023 Reading Re-cap

After a short break, Brook and Sarah return with the first episode of Season 6: a recap of their reading over the winter 2023 break. Discussed In Cold Blood (1966) Truman Capote To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) Harper Lee The Twyford Code (2022) Janice Hallett The Appeal (2021) Janice Hallett […]

Re-release: Representation in Mysteries

This is a re-release of an episode originally published on March 28, 2023. Brook and Sarah speak with author Elle Wren Burke to discuss representation in mysteries and sleuths with disabilities (and why we need more of them!). Discussed A Fang to Remember (2002) Elle Wren Burke Bones (2005-2017) Sherlock […]

Re-release: Mysteries on TV

This is a re-release of an episode published on January 17, 2023. Discussed As with books, mystery is one of the most popular television genres. In today’s episode, Brook and Sarah discuss some of their favorite TV shows. Shows mentioned in this episode:Agatha Christie’s Poirot (1989-2013) BBCColumbo (1968-1978; 1989-2003) NBC […]

Re-release: Villains we Love

This is a re-release of an episode originally published on February 28, 2023. Bad guys or misunderstood? In this week’s episode, Brook and Sarah discuss all things villainous, including anti-heroes and what makes a good villain. Discussed in order “The Final Problem” (1893) Arthur Conan DoyleThe Valley of Fear (1914) […]

Winter 2023 TBR

It’s the final new episode of 2023 and Brook and Sarah cap off a great year with what they’re planning to read over the winter break, which we will re-cap in early January. Until then, Clued in Mystery will re-release favorite episodes for listeners to catch up on. Discussed 4:50 […]

Cozy Mystery (part 2)

Many episodes ago, Brook and Sarah discussed cozy mysteries with Melissa Bourbon. Catch up on that conversation here. But, there was no deep dive into the sub-genre. In today’s episode, the oversight is corrected with a look at the popular category. Discussed The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (1966) Lilian […]

Character Driven Mystery

USA Today best selling author Trixie Silvertale joins Brook and Sarah to discuss what makes a mystery character driven and why mystery fans tend to prefer mysteries that focus on character. The conversation does include spoilers for Glass Onion (2022). Discussed Lillian Jackson BraunAgatha ChristieThe Glass Onion (2022) Netflix For […]

[BONUS] The Fall of the House of Usher

The Netflix series The Fall of the House of Usher (2023) is based on works by Edgar Allan Poe. Brook and Sarah discuss the show and interpretation of Poe’s work. This is another example of what members of the Clued in Cartel can expect as bonus content. To join the […]

2023 Gift Guide with Mystery Manon

In what is becoming an annual tradition, Mystery Manon joins Brook and Sarah to discuss her 2023 gift guide for mystery lovers. If you’re a mystery fan, you’re sure to find something for your list. About Mystery Manon Website: https://www.manonwogahn.com/Gift Guides: https://www.manonwogahn.com/gift-guides/Instagram: @mysterymanonTiktok: @mysterymanon For more information Instagram: @cluedinmysteryContact us: […]

Golden Age Author Ngaio Marsh

In today’s episode, Brook and Sarah discuss Ngaio Marsh, one of four Golden Age Queens of Crime, playwright, and artist. Discussed Laura Lippman Tess Monaghan series (1997-2015)Force of Nature (2018) Jane HarperA Man Lay Dead (1934) Ngaio MarshNgaio Marsh: Her Life in Crime (2008) Joanne Drayton“The Secret Life of Ngaio […]

[Bonus] What Would You Do: Perfect Little Children

A sample of bonus content that Brook and Sarah will share with members of the Clued in Cartel. This is a few extra minutes of conversation about Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah. Discussed Perfect Little Children (2020) Sophie Hannah For more information Instagram: @cluedinmysteryContact us: hello@cluedinmystery.com Transcript Sarah Hi, […]

What Would You Do: Perfect Little Children

Brook and Sarah take a deep dive into Sophie Hannah’s Perfect Little Children. What would you do if you saw an old friend after twelve years and her children hadn’t aged? Discussed Perfect Little Children (2020) Sophie Hannah For more information Instagram: @cluedinmysteryContact us: hello@cluedinmystery.comMusic: Signs To Nowhere by Shane […]

Christie Adaptations

Agatha Christie’s work has long been a source of screen adaptations. In this week’s episode, Brook and Sarah discuss some recent adaptations, and some they should check out with guest Teresa Peschel from Peschel Press. Teresa, along with her husband Bill, watched and reviewed 201 Agatha Christie adaptations for Agatha […]

Workplace Mysteries and Thrillers

What happens when a day at the office goes wrong? In today’s episode, Brook and Sarah discuss workplace mysteries and thrillers. Mentioned “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Feather” (1845) Edgar Allan Poe Murder Must Advertise (1933) Dorothy L. Sayers Murder Must Advertise (1979) BBC Radio Adaptation by Alistair […]

Magic and Mysteries (part 2)

Brook and Sarah are joined by author Tom Mead to continue their discussion about magic and mysteries. Discussed Death and the Conjuror (2022) Tom Mead The Murder Wheel (2023) Tom Mead The Best Mystery Stories of the Year 20 21 (2021) Lee Child (editor) Knives Out (2019) Netflix Death in […]

Magic and Mysteries (part 1)

Mysteries set in magical worlds or with mystical elements are popular and in today’s episode, Brook and Sarah discuss why. Discussed The Prestige (1995) Christopher Priest The Rivers of London (2011) Ben Aaronovitch “The Eyes Have It” (1964) Randall Garrett The Life of Crime (2022) Martin Edwards The Magician’s Secret […]

Agatha Christie’s Sleuths: Harley Quin

In a continuation of our occasional series exploring Agatha Christie’s sleuths, Brook and Sarah discuss Harley Quin. Discussed Mysterious Mr. Quin (1930) Agatha Christie “The Coming of Mr. Quin” (1923) Agatha Christie The Passing of Mr. Quin (1928) Agatha Christie Three Act Tragedy (1934) Agatha Christie “The Harlequin Tea Set” […]

Real life amateur sleuths

We love reading about ordinary people who solve fictional mysteries. What about ordinary people who solve real mysteries? In today’s episode, Brook and Sarah discuss real life sleuths. Discussed Abraham Shakespeare case I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (2018) Michelle McNamara I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (2020) HBO Scamanda […]

More Mysteries on Screen

As a follow up to earlier conversations about mysteries on screen, Brook and Sarah discuss what they’re watching and what they’re looking forward to. Discussed The Lincoln Lawyer (2022-present) Netflix The Lincoln Lawyer (2005) Michael Connelly The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) Lionsgate Bones (2005-2017) Fox Television Sister Boniface (2022-present) BBC Father […]

Revisiting Anna Katharine Green with Patricia Meredith

Brook and Sarah are joined by Patricia Meredith to learn more about detective fiction pioneer Anna Katharine Green. Mentioned A Deed of Dreadful Note (2023) Patricia Meredith The Leavenworth Case (1878) Anna Katharine Green The Clocks (1963) Agatha Christie The Mysterious Key and What it Opened (1867) Louisa May Alcott […]

When a Mystery isn’t the Right Fit

Have you ever not finished reading a mystery? Brook and Sarah discuss the reasons why they have put a book down before finishing it and share ideas on what to do when a book just isn’t right for you (right now). Discussed “Guilt Complex: Why Leaving a Book Half-Read Is […]

Summer 2023 Recap

Brook and Sarah return from a summer break with an update on their summer reading. Discussed In a Dark, Dark Wood (2018) Ruth Ware A is for Alibi (1982) Sue Grafton B is for Burglar (1985) Sue Grafton Murder in Mesopotamia (1936) Agatha Christie Cat Among the Pigeons (1959) Agatha […]

Re-release: YA Mysteries

This is a re-release of an episode originally published July 5, 2022. Summer camp. Boarding school. A high school classroom. Classic settings for YA mystery. Brook and Sarah discuss the appeal of these mysteries, even though they are written for younger audiences. Discussed Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) Little […]

Re-release: Mysteries without murder

This is a re-release of an episode that was originally published in September 2022. New episodes will return after a short summer break. What do you turn to when you’re looking for a mystery without murder? In this week’s episode, Brook and Sarah discuss some less violent, but very satisfying, […]

Re-release: Celebrity Sleuths

This is a re-release of an episode originally published November 22, 2022. Can you imagine a famous singer solving crimes? Or a former president and vice president? Brook and Sarah discuss this fun sub-genre of mystery fiction featuring real celebrities. Listen to find out who they would write as their […]

Summer 2023 TBR

In our final episode before a summer break, Brook and Sarah discuss what they’re hoping to read. We’ll return with new episodes in a few weeks, and before then, we’ll pop into your feed with some of our favourites from past seasons. Discussed In a Dark, Dark Wood (2018) Ruth […]

Kemper Donovan and All About Agatha

In a special interview episode, Brook and Sarah are joined by Kemper Donovan, host of All About Agatha, to discuss what he’s learned in over five years of deep diving into Agatha Christie’s work. Discussed A Mysterious Affair at Styles (1922) Agatha Christie The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) Agatha […]

Christie’s Sleuths: Tommy and Tuppence

Brook and Sarah discuss another of Agatha Christie’s sleuths this week. In this episode, they look at duo Tommy and Tuppence. The pair appeared in five books: four novels and one short story collection. Find out why Brook and Sarah find them so interesting and what they learned about Christie’s […]

What Would You Do: The Last Thing He Told Me

In another “What Would You Do” episode, Brook and Sarah discuss Laura Dave’s The Last Thing He Told Me. Discussed The Last Thing He Told Me (2021) Laura Dave Feedspot 40 Best Mystery Book Podcasts (2023) For more information Instagram: @cluedinmysteryContact us: hello@cluedinmystery.comMusic: Signs To Nowhere by Shane Ivers – […]

Unsolved Mysteries

As much as we love coming up with the solution before the sleuth in fictional mysteries, there is something about unsolved mysteries that is fascinating. In today’s episode, Brook and Sarah discuss four well-known unsolved mysteries and their enduring appeal. A quick note: two of the mysteries we discuss in […]

Agatha Christie’s Sleuths: Parker Pyne

This week, Brook and Sarah discuss Agatha Christie’s character Parker Pyne. Is he a detective? Are his methods reasonable if they bring happiness? Pyne appeared in 14 short stories in the 1930s, though many of the stories had different names when they appeared in US and the UK publications. Discussed […]

PI Sleuths

Private investigators have long been favorites of mystery authors and readers, and they feature in both gritty and cozy tales. In today’s episode, Brook and Sarah discuss the different types of PIs that readers might encounter and what they like about this sub-genre. Discussed Alfred Hitchcock’s Three Investigators series, (1964-1987) […]

G.K. Chesterton (part 2)

Brook and Sarah continue their exploration of G.K. Chesterton this week. They discuss his mysteries featuring Father Brown and the legacies of this ecclesiastical sleuth. Discussed The Man Who Was Thursday (1908) G.K. Chesterton Father Brown Mysteries (2013-present) BBC Sister Boniface Mysteries (2022-present) BBC Father Dowling Mysteries (1987-1991) NBC, ABC […]

G.K. Chesterton (part 1)

This week, in the first of two episodes about G.K. Chesterton, Brook and Sarah look at his life and find out why he was such a fascinating man and the influence he had on literature and life in the early 20th century. Discussed Orthodoxy (1908) G.K. Chesterton Chesterton’s work on […]

International Crime Fiction

To kick off Season 4, Brook and Sarah discuss mysteries with international sleuths and settings. The discussion includes mysteries from South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. We’d love to hear your recommendations. Send us an email at hello@cluedinmystery.com or drop us a message on social media @cluedinmystery. Correction: In this […]

Re-release: What Would You Do: The Woman in Cabin 10

This is a re-release of an episode originally published September 6, 2022. In the first of an occasional series, “What Would You Do,” Brook and Sarah consider what they would do if they were in the same situation as the main character of a novel. This time, they discuss Ruth […]

Re-release: Historical Mystery (part 2)

This week, USA Today best selling author Sara Rosett joins Brook and Sarah to discuss historical mystery. This is a re-release of an episode originally released September 20, 2022. About Sara Sara Rosett is the USA Today bestselling author of over 30 cozy and historical mysteries as well as books […]

Re-release: Historical Mystery (part 1)

Whether set in ancient Egypt or the 1920s, readers are sure to find a historical mystery set in a period they love. In this episode, Brook and Sarah discuss the origins of historical mysteries and share some of their favourites. This is a re-release of an episode originally released September […]

50th Episode!

Brook and Sarah celebrate their 50th recorded episode by reflecting on what they’ve learned, their favourite episodes so far, and a few future episode ideas. Discussed in order Agatha Christie (February 22, 2022) Arthur Conan Doyle (March 22, 2022) Dorothy L. Sayers (April 12, 2022) Anna Katharine Green (May 3, […]

Representation in Mysteries

Brook and Sarah speak with author Elle Wren Burke to discuss representation in mysteries and sleuths with disabilities (and why we need more of them!). Discussed in order A Fang to Remember (2002) Elle Wren Burke Bones (2005-2017) Sherlock Holmes Jeffrey Deaver Truly Devious series (2018) Maureen Johnson Get a […]

Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys

For many mystery fans, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys are their first introduction to the genre. In this week’s episode, Sarah and Brook discuss the enduring appeal of these young sleuths and the legacy they leave. Discussed in order The Agathas (2022) Liz Lawson and Kathleen GlasgowTruly Devious (2018) […]

Adaptations (part 2)

This week, Brook and Sarah are joined by film and television producer, author, and entrepreneur Mark Grenside to discuss some of the decisions that go into adapting a book. They discuss how music videos and streaming have impacted adaptations. Discussed in order Fall Out (2020) M.N. Grenside The Detective (2005) […]

Adaptations (part 1)

Mystery is one of the most popular genres of screen adaptations, with Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle providing the source material for many of them. However, there are many other adaptations to enjoy, and in this episode, Brook and Sarah discuss the different formats that mystery adaptations can take. […]

Villains We Love

Bad guys or misunderstood? In this week’s episode, Brook and Sarah discuss all things villainous, including anti-heroes and what makes a good villain. Discussed in order “The Final Problem” (1893) Arthur Conan DoyleThe Valley of Fear (1914) Arthur Conan DoyleMoriarity (2014) Anthony Horowitz“The Ides of March (1898) E.W. Hornung“The Arrest […]

More Spies

Can’t get enough spy fiction? This week, Brook and Sarah revisit the sub genre and discuss characters other than those created by Ian Flemming and John le Carré. Discussed in order Ian FlemmingJohn le CarréChristopher MarloweKit Marlowe Series (2011-2020) MJ TrowThe Rose Code (2021) Kate QuinnThe Alice Network (2017) Kate […]

What Would You Do – The Luckiest Girl Alive

This week is another What Would You Do episode. This time, Brook and Sarah discuss Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. It’s crime fiction, but is it a mystery? Discussed in order Luckiest Girl Alive (2015) Jessica Knoll Luckiest Girl Alive (2022) Netflix For more information Instagram: @cluedinmysteryContact us: hello@cluedinmystery.comMusic: […]

True Crime (part 2)

In this week’s episode, Brook and Sarah are joined by Eve Lazarus to share her experiences writing about true crime in Vancouver and British Columbia. Discussed in order Cold Case Vancouver (2015) Eve Lazarus Murder by Milkshake (2018) Eve Lazarus In Cold Blood (1965) Truman Capote The Blooding (1989) Joseph […]

True Crime (part 1)

If you can’t get read, watch, or listen to enough true crime, this episode is for you. This week, Brook and Sarah discuss what makes true crime such a popular part of the mystery genre. Discussed in order In Cold Blood (1966) Truman Capote “Murder, Considered as One of the […]

Celebrity Authors

What happens when someone famous for something else writes a mystery? In this week’s episode, Brook and Sarah discuss mysteries written by authors famous for other achievements. Discussed David WalliamsState of Terror (2021) Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise PennyMycroft Holmes (2015) Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Anna WaterhouseMycroft and Sherlock (2018) […]

Mysteries on TV

As with books, mystery is one of the most popular television genres. In today’s episode, Brook and Sarah discuss some of their favorite TV shows. Shows mentioned in this episode: PoirotColumboMurder She WroteMidsomer MurdersLaw and OrderThe X-FilesDoctor WhoTelecrimeQuincyHouseThe PracticeMagnum PIMoonlightingWednesdayVeronica MarsDa Vinci’s InquestMiss ScarletShetlandWallanderSlow HorsesMorseLewisEndeavourOnly Murders in the BuildingSpooksThe Woman […]

TBR Recap: Winter 2022

After a short hiatus, Brook and Sarah are back for Season 3, starting with a recap of what they watched and read over the holiday break. TW: Reference to mass shooting at 23.5 minutes. Discussed in order The Wintringham Mystery (1926) Anthony Berkeley Monster She Wrote: The women who pioneered […]

Re-release: Modern Cozy Mysteries

While we take a short break for the holidays, we are re-releasing some of our earlier episodes. This week is the our cozy mystery episode (originally released on June 28, 2022) where national best-selling author Melissa Bourbon joins Brook and Sarah to discuss what makes a mystery cozy and current […]

Re-release: Agatha Christie (part 2)

While we take a short break for the holidays, we are re-releasing some of our earlier episodes. This week is the second of our Agatha Christie episodes where Brook and Sarah discuss some of the tropes she used and what rules of mysteries she created and broke. Resources Agatha Christie, […]

Re-release: Agatha Christie (part 1)

While we take a short break for the holidays, we are re-releasing some of our earlier episodes. Up first is our very first episode: Agatha Christie. Resources Agatha Christie, An Autobiography (1977) Agatha Christie Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making (2009) John Curran Agatha Christie’s […]

Winter 2022 TBR

In today’s episode, Sarah and Brook share what they’ll be reading and watching while Clued in Mystery takes a short break for the holidays. Clued in Mystery will be back in January with new episodes. Until we return, we will release some of our earliest episodes so new listeners can […]

Short Stories

Reading bite-sized stories are a great way to test out a new genre or author. This week, Sarah and Brook share some of their favorite short stories. Works and authors mentioned “The Three Apples” 1001 Nights Gongan Stories Monk CSI Bones “The Lottery” (1948) Shirley Jackson The Haunting of Hill […]

What Would You Do: Then She Was Gone

It’s time for another What Would You Do episode! This week, Brook and Sarah discuss Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell and share their thoughts on this domestic thriller. Books and authors mentioned Then She Was Gone (2017) Lisa Jewell For more information Instagram: @cluedinmystery Contact us: hello@cluedinmystery.com Music: […]

Celebrity Sleuths

Can you imagine a famous singer solving crimes? Or a former president and vice president? Brook and Sarah discuss this fun sub-genre of mystery fiction featuring real celebrities. Listen to find out who they would write as their own celebrity sleuths. Books and authors mentioned Hope Never Dies: An Obama […]

Mystery Lover’s Gift Guide (with Mystery Manon)

This week’s episode is a little different: If you are doing some holiday shopping, we have a treat for you. Manon Wogahn (also known as Mystery Manon) talks about mystery with Brook and Sarah and shares some of the gifts on her annual Cluesletter Holiday Gift List, including a Clued […]

Unreliable Narrators

Liar? Naïve? Or impaired? What if the narrator of the story isn’t telling the truth? In this week’s episode, Brook and Sarah discuss surprising twists and the cues that they’re coming. Works mentioned or discussed Gone Girl (2012) Gillian Flynn The Rhetoric of Fiction (1961) Wayne C. Booth The Woman […]

Continuing the Story (part 2 with Ann Claire)

Brook and Sarah continue their conversation about continuing the story. In this episode, they speak with Ann Claire about drawing inspiration from another author in her Christie Bookshop Mysteries. For more information about Ann Claire Ann at Penguin Random House Instagram: @annclaireauthor Facebook: Ann Claire Mysteries Ann’s website Books and […]

Continuing the Story

Brook and Sarah discuss the different ways an author’s world is continued after they stop creating it. We discuss Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sue Grafton Dorothy L. Sayers Ian Fleming Anthony Horowitz Lee Child Agatha Christie Sophie Hannah Moneypenny Diaries series by Samantha Weinberg Young Bond series by Charlie Higson […]

Locked Room Mysteries (part 2)

Jane Kalmes, The Fiction Technician, joins Brook and Sarah to break down locked room mysteries and their solutions. Please note: This episode contains spoilers of two episodes of Monk and one of Murder She Wrote. We Discuss “Mr. Monk Goes to the Carnival” Monk “Death Casts a Spell” Murder She […]

Locked Room/Closed Circle Mysteries (part 1)

A group of friends on a holiday retreat. A crime nobody could have committed. Sarah and Brook discuss closed circle and locked room mysteries and the links between the two. Short stories, novels, authors, shows, and films discussed “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841) Edgar Allan Poe “A Terribly […]

Authors as Sleuths

Have you ever read a mystery where the sleuth is an author? Sarah and Brook discuss mysteries with writers as the central characters. Authors, Books, and TV shows mentioned Hammett Unwritten (2013) Gordon McAlpine writing as Owen Fitzstephen Agatha Christie Series by Andrew Wilson Murder She Wrote Castle The Ghost […]

Mysteries Without Murder

What do you turn to when you’re looking for a mystery without murder? In this week’s episode, Brook and Sarah discuss some less violent, but very satisfying, mysteries. Books, films, and TV shows discussed Super Structure: The Key to Unleashing the Power of Story (2015) James Scott Bell Gaudy Night […]

Historical Mystery (part 2)

This week, USA Today best selling author Sara Rosett joins Brook and Sarah to discuss historical mystery. About Sara Sara Rosett is the USA Today bestselling author of over 30 cozy and historical mysteries as well as books and courses for writers including “How to Write a Series” and “How […]

Historical Mystery (part 1)

Whether set in ancient Egypt or the 1920s, readers are sure to find a historical mystery set in a period they love. In this episode, Brook and Sarah discuss the origins of historical mysteries and share some of their favourites. Books and authors mentioned William Shakespeare Leo Tolsoy Sir Walter […]

What Would You Do: The Woman in Cabin 10

In the first of an occasional series, “What Would You Do,” Brook and Sarah consider what they would do if they were in the same situation as the main character of a novel. This time, they discuss Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10. We’d love to hear what you […]

Summer Reading Recap

After a short break, Clued in Mystery returns for Season 2 and Brook and Sarah recap their summer reading. Books discussed in order: The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager The Science of Agatha Christie by Carla Valentine The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie Butcher, Baker, Candlestick […]

Summer TBR

In today’s episode, Sarah and Brook share what they’ll be reading while Clued in Mystery takes a short break for the summer. Clued in Mystery will be back in the autumn with new episodes about mysteries. Books discussed in order: The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager The Science […]

YA Mystery

Summer camp. Boarding school. A high school classroom. Classic settings for YA mystery. Brook and Sarah discuss the appeal of these mysteries, even though they are written for younger audiences. Books, shows, and series mentioned Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) Nancy Drew Hardy Boys […]

Modern Cozies

National best-selling cozy mystery author Melissa Bourbon joins Brook and Sarah to discuss what makes a mystery cozy and current trends in cozies. Authors discussed: Tonya Kappes Allison Brennan Books and television discussed Smile Beach Murder (Alicia Bessette) Flour in the Attic (Melissa Bourbon) The Closer (TV series) The Staircase […]

Political Thrillers

Brook and Sarah discuss international secrets, scandals, corruption, and other hallmarks of high stakes political thrillers. Authors, books and, films, and shows mentioned: Films All the President’s Men (1976) Argo (2012) The Manchurian Candidate (1962) JFK (1991) Wag the Dog (1997) TV shows 24 Designated Survivor Homeland House of Cards […]

Domestic Thrillers

The perfect family, friends on holiday, a woman unravelling, each of them with a secret. Brook and Sarah explore the themes of domestic thrillers and discuss a few books that don’t fall into the category. Authors mentioned: Elizabeth Haynes Erin Kelly Liane Moriarity Tom Vowler SJ Watson Books mentioned: And […]

Spy Thrillers

Espionage, intrigue, and excitement. Brook and Sarah explore spy fiction and its broad appeal to audiences. Our interview with Kings River Magazine. We read: Casino Royale, Ian Fleming Trigger Mortis, Anthony Horowitz Forever and a Day, Anthony Horowitz Agent Running in the Field, John le Carre Quoted: How to Write […]

Noir and Hardboiled Mysteries (Part 2)

Brook and Sarah continue to learn about noir and hardboiled detective fiction with special guest Frances from the Chronicles of Chrime online bookshop. Part 2 of 2. Reading list recommendations: Hardboiled Carroll John Daly, “Three Gun Terry” (Black Mask, May 1923) Carroll John Daly, “Knights of the Open Palm” (Black […]

Noir and Hardboiled (Part 1)

Dames, darkness, and detectives. Special guest Frances join Brook and Sarah to explain the origins and differences of hardboiled and noir fiction. Part 1 of 2. Instagram: @cluedinmysteryContact us: hello@cluedinmystery.comMusic: Signs To Nowhere by Shane Ivers – www.silvermansound.com

Agatha Christie’s Disappearance

Brook and Sarah discuss the many theories surrounding Agatha Christie’s eleven-day disappearance in December 1926. Was she seeking publicity, solving a mystery, or on an alien adventure? We’ll never know. Benedict, Marie (2020). The Mystery of Mrs. Christie. Sourcebooks Landmark. Cade, Jared (2013). Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days. […]

Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins is credited with writing the first English detective novel. In this episode, Brook and Sarah discuss his remarkable life and his works. Works discussed: The Woman in White (1860) Moonstone (1868) References http://mikegrost.com/sensatio.htm https://www.sldirectory.com/libsf/booksf/mystery/early.html http://www.wilkiecollins.com https://victorianweb.org/authors/collins/bio.html https://wilkiecollinssociety.org/publications/ How he wrote Text of his first novel Ioláni; Or, Tahíti […]

Anna Katharine Green

In this episode, Brook and Sarah discuss Anna Katharine Green, whose writing inspired Agatha Christie. Green’s 1878 novel, The Leavenworth Case, is one of the first to include a detailed coroner’s inquest and ballistic evidence and set the stage for generations of future mystery authors. The Leavenworth Case, Anna Katharine […]

Edgar Allan Poe

Brook and Sarah discuss Edgar Allan Poe, the grandfather of American detective novels. Works mentioned in order of reference “The Raven,” (1845). Edgar Allan Poe. “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” (1841). Edgar Allan Poe. “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt,” (1842). Edgar Allan Poe. The Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe […]

The Detection Club

Cluesletter publisher Manon Wogahn joins Brook and Sarah to discuss the Detection Club, the oldest running society of mystery authors. Learn more about Manon at https://www.manonwogahn.com/. Books referenced (in order of reference) The Golden Age of Murder. (2015). Martin Edwards. Harper Collins. The Red House Mystery (1922) A.A. Milne. Howdunit: […]

Dorothy L. Sayers

Brook and Sarah discuss Dorothy L. Sayers, her life, her writing, and her advocacy for the mystery genre as a member of the Detection Club. Resources Women of Mystery: The Lives and Works of Notable Women Crime Novelists. (2000). Martha Hailey DuBose, St. Martins Press Whose Body. (1923) Dorothy L. […]

Arthur Conan Doyle (Part 3)

Canadian mystery novelist Vicki Delany, and author of the Sherlock Holmes Bookstore cozy mystery series, joins Brook and Sarah to discuss writing in the Sherlock Holmes space. Find Vicki at: http://vickidelany.com/ Other references: The Agency Mysteries Series by Y.S. Lee Brook’s Edgar and the Raven’s T-shirt For more information:Instagram: @cluedinmysteryContact […]

Arthur Conan Doyle (Part 2)

We continue our discussion about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, exploring how he wrote and how his works have been adapted. Mentions: Sherlock (BBC) Elementary (CBS) House (Fox) The Enola Holmes Mysteries by Nancy Springer https://www.arthur-conan-doyle.com/index.php/How_I_Write_My_Books https://www.arthur-conan-doyle.com/index.php/Sir_Arthur_Conan_Doyle:Sherlock_Holmes For more information:Instagram: @cluedinmysteryContact us: hello@cluedinmystery.comMusic: Signs To Nowhere by Shane Ivers – www.silvermansound.com

Arthur Conan Doyle (Part 1)

In the first episode of the Doyle series, Sarah and Brook discuss Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his famous detective, and his contribution to popular culture (and forensics). We discuss: A Study in Scarlet (1886) Lost World (1912) “The Case of Lady Sannox” (1893) “The Five Orange Pips” (1891) “The […]

Doyle Preview (mini episode)

A short, bonus episode with some brief thoughts about Sherlock and Poirot to lead into our series of episodes about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle starting next week. For more information: cluedinmystery.com Instagram: @cluedinmystery Contact us: hello@cluedinmystery.com Music: Signs To Nowhere by Shane Ivers – //www.silvermansound.com

Agatha Christie: Part 3

In our final episode in our Agatha Christie series, we are joined by two guests who share their insights into her work. We discuss: The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1921) The Death of Roger Ackroyd (1926) The ABC Murders (1936) Five Little Pigs (1942) Curtain (1975) “Dressmaker’s Doll” “In a […]

Agatha Christie: Part 2

In the second episode of the Agatha series, Brook and Sarah discuss some of the tropes she used and what rules of mysteries she created and broke. RESOURCES Agatha Christie, An Autobiography Agatha Christie (1977) Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making John Curran (2009) Agatha […]

Agatha Christie: Part 1

How could we start anywhere but with the queen of cozies, Dame Agatha Christie. In the first episode of the Agatha series, we discuss Agatha Christie’s contributions to the genre and a few of her popular sleuths.  RESOURCES Agatha Christie, An Autobiography Agatha Christie (1977) Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: Fifty […]