Two BBC Radio full-cast dramas from the master of classic crime

Anthony Berkeley was a journalist, novelist, and founding member of the Detection Club – whose members included Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers – and was one of crime fiction’s greatest innovators, developing the idea of the psychological crime novel in the 1920s and 30s. One of his recurring and most-beloved characters was Roger Sheringham, a novelist and amateur detective.

In these two classic tales, Roger Sheringham must investigate two terrible murders: The Poisoned Chocolates Case, from 1929, sees him taking up the challenge when Scotland Yard admits defeat after months of investigations. How was a woman poisoned by a box of chocolates that weren’t even intended for her? Who was the intended victim? And who was the terrible mind behind it? Roger and his amateur detective friends will each have a turn to put forward their own personal theories about the dreadful crime…

In Jumping Jenny, written in 1933, Roger attends a party with the questionable theme ‘famous murderers and their victims’, only to discover that one difficult guest has been deliberately killed on one of the party’s props. When Roger suspects one of his close friends may be involved, he decides to meddle in the evidence – but is he putting his own life at risk with this mischievous intervention?

Witty, subversive, and fiercely clever, these wonderful crime mysteries by the renowned writer are just the thing for fans of The Lady Detectives, Maigret’s Collected Cases, and Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon and other Adventures.