Monthly Archives: March 2011

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 169 – The Purloined Letter

This time a re-visit to the father of detective story – Edgar Allan Poe in perhaps his greatest detective story. Poe was the creator of the intuitive approach to detection through his character C. Auguste Dupin. His stories influenced Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and other early detective writers. The Purloined Letter was probably his best example of pure detection.… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 168 – Espionage Radio pt. 4

This podcast will conclude my look at spy-detective genre radio with a one-episode adaptation of John Buchan’s The Thirty Nine Steps. This book represented one of the best examples of the theme of the generally everyday person getting involved in solving a crime involving some element of espionage. It was Buchan who helped establish the genre so well that later… (more…)

Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 167 – Espionage Radio pt. 3

Continuing a look at spy-detective series, a look at Bulldog Drummond, one of the earlier ones from 1941. In the beginning it starred George Coulouris, then later Ned Wever as this decidedly British spy-detective moved to America for radio adventures. A look at how it fits into the spy-detective genre on radio and a bit about the history of the… (more…)