Yearly Archives: 2023

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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: 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 […]