Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 196 – Locked Room Mysteries

Anthony Boucher

Finally getting back to posting a new podcast after nearly a 6 month hiatus. This one takes a look at the sub-genre of detective fiction – the “locked room” mystery, of which one writer (radio and fiction) – John Dickson Carr – was the master. However, there are many other that usually get categorized after the fact even if the writer hadn’t really intentionally created one.

This podcast will feature a later Sherlock Holmes which is in fact called the “Mystery of the Locked Room” and while not part of the canon, it does fit in well since it was written by Anthony Boucher and Denis Green.

14 Responses to Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 196 – Locked Room Mysteries

  1. Bob Grasing says:

    Glad your back . Love your introductions.
    Bob Grasing

  2. Alex says:

    Great to have you back. I’m looking forward to enjoying this new episode, # 196. Thanks.

  3. Welcome back! We’ve missed your research and your commentary!

  4. Harv says:

    Welcome back, Jim.. it’s been a long time.. in fact, I was going to email you to see if you had any plans to continue with RDSH, but #196 answered that question 🙂 ..


  5. jeff says:

    Good stuff as ever thanks for this,jeff

  6. Mike Gelven says:

    Missed your insightful commentary, glad to have you back

  7. David Knight says:

    I’m really pleased you’re back. Your introductions, comments and insight make this one of my favourite sites on the web world wide web thingy!

  8. Cameron says:

    Dear Jim
    Glad to hear another new podcast on Radio Detective Story Hour. I know you have been very busy with other projects and I thank you for giving me a mention for the episode Murder in the Locked Room. Hope you take care of yourself.


  9. jwidner says:

    Thanks, Cameron. Appreciate your ideas.

  10. Gail says:

    Two new ones in a row! Happy happy joy joy! I hope your day time life is now peacefully in order. Your introductions and stories are part of my evening routine. So thanks again for being there for all of us night owls.

  11. Harv says:

    Hi again, Jim..

    Speaking of Sherlock Holmes, have you ever listened to The Firesign Theatre’s utterly brilliant spoof of Holmes, which came out on vinyl in the 1970s, entitled “The Tail of the Giant Rat of Sumatra”?.. I bought it way back when, along with pretty much all of their other LPs, and it’s the best crafted and performed Holmes spoof I’ve ever heard.. I’m sure you’d never include it as an episode of RDSH, in fact, you couldn’t.. because it’s not in the public domain, but I’m curious if you’ve ever heard it, and what you thought of it.. I’ve been a huge fan of The Firesign Theatre since my College daze, when we bought their albums as they were released, and literally memorized them word for word.. of course, that was long before the InterWeb, or digital anything existed, and most of our record listening was done in an.. umm.. err.. herbally-enhanced mode, to which TFT catered perfectly.. on another one of their albums, they did a flawless spoof of a radio noir detective, and that album was entitled “The Further Adventures of Nick Danger, Third Eye”..


  12. jwidner says:

    Thanks Harv. Firesign is an old friend of mine as I used to buy their records back in the seventies too. I had a lot of their material on LP including albums such as “Don’t Crush that Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers” etc. My friends and I used to quote them with their simpler lines such as “If you lived here, you’d be home by now…” etc. Of course I’ve heard both the Holmes spoof and the Nick Danger material. As you say, it isn’t in the public domain, so it is hands off like a lot of BBC stuff I’d love to feature too.

  13. Robert says:

    Welcome back! We’ve missed You and your intresting and informatve podcast.. As an Englishman I think that it’s a shame you are not able to use the BBC’s radio dramas,they can be so stuffy sometimes!!

  14. jwidner says:

    Thanks Robert. I think the BBC is just looking out for their material. I know Brits pay a license fee and those of us across the pond do not, so I can understand it when they refuse to allow use, though like you say, it is too bad as the drama is often so good.

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