#147: Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (Novel 1934) “The impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”

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Joe and Todd tackle a true classic, discussing Hercule Poirot from Agatha Christie’s novel, Murder on the Orient Express (just in time for the upcoming film). They talk about Christie’s reputation, mystery genre conventions, and what sets Poirot apart from other detectives.

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The Protagonist Podcast #143: Flavia de Luce in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Novel 2009) “I was me, I was Flavia. And I loved myself, even if no one else did.”

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Joe and Todd talk about Flavia de Luce from the novel The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. They talk about young protagonists in grown up situations, the balance of a sad story and a bright tone, and the interconnected relationships of a broken family.

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#068: Jessica Fletcher in “The Corpse Flew First Class,” S03E12 of Murder, She Wrote (TV 1987) “Actually, I’m doing research on a rather grisly murder …”

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This week we discuss Jessica Fletcher from Murder, She Wrote. We talk about charming murder mysteries, curious plot holes, and one legendary actress.

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#032: Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan in “The Man on Death Row” S01E07 of Bones (TV 2005) “I don’t know what that means.”

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Joe and Todd discuss the protagonist of a long-running television series, Temperance “Bones” Brennan. They also touch on her partner, Seeley Booth, and the interns who help to solve crimes in the tv series Bones.

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#015: Richard Castle in “The Wrong Stuff” Season 07 Episode 16 of Castle (TV 2015)“Best case ever!”

This week, Todd and Joe are joined by Angela Vidergar to discuss Richard Castle, the titular character of the TV series Castle. How do you balance such an exuberantly immature character with a serious subject like murder, even if the murder is on Mars?

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