Okay, here we go: Spoiler Warning Number 3 in which Dan from The Reader is Warned and I discuss Hake Talbot’s cavalcade of impossibilities, voted the second best impossible crime novel of all time back in 1981.
Except, well, this time we’ve done things a little differently…
See, Dan and I live about 40 minutes from each other, so we thought we’d use this opportunity to actually meet up to discuss the book, and then the idea of recording it as podcast was raised. And then — given our mutual love of an impossible crime in fiction — the idea of maybe doing a series of podcasts was raised, and so was born…
So the first episode of The Men Who Explain Miracles is the planned spoiler-heavy look at Rim of the Pit, and from here we’ll branch out into a separate series of recordings on a variety of topics. We have a SoundCloud page where you can listen to or download the file, and theoretically I’m able to insert it into this post, too, so you can also listen to it here. It should appear below.
If you’ve come unprepared, the first 6 or 7 minutes are free of spoilers as we discuss the book generally, but everyone who did their homework — gold star for you — feel free to get fully involved, as we get into details of killers, workings, explanations, and more besides (especially the dog…).
Dan has done an amazing job recording this, editing it together, coming up with the design above…it would be entirely fair to ask precisely what my own contribution was, but let’s not dwell on trivialities. The important thing is that we had a lot of fun doing this, even if some of us did more than others, and we’re hoping the same division of labour is preserved for any such undertakings in the future.
This by no means spells the end of these Spoiler Warning posts — the next one is already planned, news of which to follow — rather the beginning of a new phase of blogging that we hope we’ll be able to contribute to on a semi-regular basis. Watch this space for news of more TMWEM podcasts to come, but in the meantime we hope you enjoy the above and get involved in the comments below!
Previous Spoiler Warnings on The Invisible Event:
1. The Peacock Feather Murders (1937) by Carter Dickson [w’ Puzzle Doctor]
2. Death on the Nile (1937) by Agatha Christie vs. He Who Whispers (1946) by John Dickson Carr [w’ Brad]