Red Herrings

Crime writing at its twisted best...

The red herring - that most effective weapon in the crime writer's arsenal - inspires this series of new short stories by leading exponents of the genre.

The red herring inspires stories by leading crime writers.

Episodes

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1Mangia, Mangia, Ti Fa Bene

2The Difference

3The Soothmoothers

0101Mangia, Mangia, Ti Fa Bene2010100220120509

(01/03)

By Donna Leon. The pleasure of a sumptuous meal beguiles a taciturn husband.

0101Mangia, Mangia, Ti Fa Bene2010100220120509

(01/03)

The way to a husband's heart is found through the pleasures of a sumptuous meal. Greta Scacchi reads Donna Leon's tasty thriller.

0101Mangia, Mangia, Ti Fa Bene2010100220120510

(01/03)

By Donna Leon. The pleasure of a sumptuous meal beguiles a taciturn husband.

0101Mangia, Mangia, Ti Fa Bene!2009042820101219
20101002 (BBC7)
20120509 (BBC7)
20120510 (BBC7)

Crime writing at its twisted best...

The red herring - that most effective weapon in the crime writer's arsenal - inspires this series of new short stories by leading exponents of the genre.

The red herring inspires stories by leading crime writers.

Short story by acclaimed crime writer Donna Leon.

Read by Greta Scacchi.

A dark tale that warns against over-indulgence...

An attentive Italian housewife prepares a mouth-watering meal to beguile her taciturn husband.

The title translates as "Eat! Eat! It's Good for You".

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

By Donna Leon.

The pleasure of a sumptuous meal beguiles a taciturn husband.

The way to a husband's heart is found through the pleasures of a sumptuous meal.

Greta Scacchi reads Donna Leon's tasty thriller.

The red herring inspires a new story by leading crime writer Donna Leon.

(01/03)

By Donna Leon. The pleasure of a sumptuous meal beguiles a taciturn husband.

The way to a husband's heart is found through the pleasures of a sumptuous meal. Greta Scacchi reads Donna Leon's tasty thriller.

0101Mangia, Mangia, Ti Fa Bene!2009042820101219
20101002 (BBC7)
20120509 (BBC7)
20120510 (BBC7)
20130402 (BBC7)
20130403 (BBC7)

Crime writing at its twisted best...

The red herring - that most effective weapon in the crime writer's arsenal - inspires this series of new short stories by leading exponents of the genre.

The red herring inspires stories by leading crime writers.

Short story by acclaimed crime writer Donna Leon.

Read by Greta Scacchi.

A dark tale that warns against over-indulgence...

An attentive Italian housewife prepares a mouth-watering meal to beguile her taciturn husband.

The title translates as "Eat! Eat! It's Good for You".

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

By Donna Leon.

The pleasure of a sumptuous meal beguiles a taciturn husband.

The way to a husband's heart is found through the pleasures of a sumptuous meal.

Greta Scacchi reads Donna Leon's tasty thriller.

The red herring inspires a new story by leading crime writer Donna Leon.

(01/03)

By Donna Leon. The pleasure of a sumptuous meal beguiles a taciturn husband.

The way to a husband's heart is found through the pleasures of a sumptuous meal. Greta Scacchi reads Donna Leon's tasty thriller.

0102The Difference2009042920101226
20101002 (BBC7)
20120510 (BBC7)
20120511 (BBC7)

(02/03)

A prisoner confesses to his ambitious jailer - but can he cheat fate?

A prisoner confesses to his ambitious jailer - but can he cheat fate? David Ryall reads Reginald Hill's devious tale.

Chilling short story by master crime writer, Reginald Hill.

A winter funeral prompts an elderly lawyer to reflect upon a troubling case from his past.

Read by David Ryall.

Producer Kirsteen Cameron.

By Reginald Hill.

A young murderer's confession has far reaching consequences.

A young murderer's confession, on the eve of his hanging, has far reaching consequences.

By Reginald Hill, read by David Ryall.

0102The Difference2009042920101226
20101002 (BBC7)
20120510 (BBC7)
20120511 (BBC7)
20130403 (BBC7)
20130404 (BBC7)

A prisoner confesses to his ambitious jailer, but can he cheat fate?

A prisoner confesses to his ambitious jailer, but can he cheat fate? David Ryall reads Reginald Hill's devious tale.

(02/03)

Chilling short story by master crime writer, Reginald Hill.

A winter funeral prompts an elderly lawyer to reflect upon a troubling case from his past.

Read by David Ryall.

Producer Kirsteen Cameron.

By Reginald Hill.

A young murderer's confession has far reaching consequences.

A young murderer's confession, on the eve of his hanging, has far reaching consequences.

By Reginald Hill, read by David Ryall.

0102The Difference2010100220120510

(02/03)

A prisoner confesses to his ambitious jailer - but can he cheat fate?

0102The Difference2010100220120510

(02/03)

A prisoner confesses to his ambitious jailer - but can he cheat fate? David Ryall reads Reginald Hill's devious tale.

0102The Difference2010100220120511

(02/03)

A prisoner confesses to his ambitious jailer - but can he cheat fate?

0103 LASTThe Soothmoothers2009043020110116
20101009 (BBC7)
20120511 (BBC7)
20120512 (BBC7)

(03/03)

Rivalry between three sexy travellers in Shetland sparks a local's imagination.

Rivalry between three sexy travellers in Shetland sparks a local's imagination. Marnie Baxter reads Ann Cleeves' curious story.

By Ann Cleeves.

The tensions and rivalries between three travellers on a business trip to Shetland spark a local woman's curiosity.

By dawn the next day, Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez is on the scene, investigating a violent crime.

Read by Marnie Baxter.

Producer Kirsteen Cameron.

Tension between guests at a Shetland hotel spark a local woman's curiosity

Marnie Baxter reads Ann Cleeves' curious story.

By Ann Cleeves, read by Marnie Baxter.

0103 LASTThe Soothmoothers2009043020110116
20101009 (BBC7)
20120511 (BBC7)
20120512 (BBC7)
20130404 (BBC7)
20130405 (BBC7)

Rivalry between three sexy travellers in Shetland sparks a local's imagination. Marnie Baxter reads Ann Cleeves' curious story.

Rivalry between three sexy travellers in Shetland sparks a local's imagination.

(03/03)

By Ann Cleeves.

The tensions and rivalries between three travellers on a business trip to Shetland spark a local woman's curiosity.

By dawn the next day, Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez is on the scene, investigating a violent crime.

Read by Marnie Baxter.

Producer Kirsteen Cameron.

Tension between guests at a Shetland hotel spark a local woman's curiosity

Marnie Baxter reads Ann Cleeves' curious story.

By Ann Cleeves, read by Marnie Baxter.

0103 LASTThe Soothmoothers2010100920120511

(03/03)

Rivalry between three sexy travellers in Shetland sparks a local's imagination.

0103 LASTThe Soothmoothers2010100920120511

(03/03)

Rivalry between three sexy travellers in Shetland sparks a local's imagination. Marnie Baxter reads Ann Cleeves' curious story.

0103 LASTThe Soothmoothers2010100920120512

(03/03)

Rivalry between three sexy travellers in Shetland sparks a local's imagination.

0201Unwanted Presence2010110220120514 (BBC7)
20120515 (BBC7)
20130405 (BBC7)
20130406 (BBC7)
20140610 (BBC7)
20140611 (BBC7)

By Lynda La Plante. Parents - how can you be sure that your child isn't evil?

By Lynda La Plante. Parents - how can you be sure that your child isn't evil? Rory Kinnear reads the cautionary tale.

Parents - how can you be sure your child isn't evil? Lynda La Plante's cautionary tale.

Parents - how can you be sure that your child isn't evil? Rory Kinnear reads a cautionary tale by Lynda La Plante.

Episode 01 of 03

(01/03)

How can you be sure that your child isn't evil? Lynda La Plante's cautionary tale.

"Unwanted Presence" by Lynda La Plante.

Read by Rory Kinnear.

Crime writing at its twisted best...

Leading authors Lynda La Plante, Brian Mcgilloway and Andrew Taylor tackle the red herring - that most effective weapon in the crime writer's arsenal - in a series of new short stories specially written for BBC Radio 4.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

Rory Kinnear reads Unwanted Presence by Lynda La Plante.

0201Unwanted Presence2010110220120514 (BBC7)
20120515 (BBC7)

Episode 01 of 03

Parents. How can you be sure that your child isn't evil? Rory Kinnear reads a cautionary tale by Lynda La Plante.

(01/03)

How can you be sure that your child isn't evil? Lynda La Plante's cautionary tale.

"Unwanted Presence" by Lynda La Plante.

Read by Rory Kinnear.

Crime writing at its twisted best...

Leading authors Lynda La Plante, Brian Mcgilloway and Andrew Taylor tackle the red herring - that most effective weapon in the crime writer's arsenal - in a series of new short stories specially written for BBC Radio 4.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

Rory Kinnear reads Unwanted Presence by Lynda La Plante.

0201Unwanted Presence20120514

(01/03)

How can you be sure that your child isn't evil? Lynda La Plante's cautionary tale.

0201Unwanted Presence20120514

(01/03)

Parents. How can you be sure that your child isn't evil? Rory Kinnear reads a cautionary tale by Lynda La Plante.

0201Unwanted Presence2012051420120515

(01/03)

How can you be sure that your child isn't evil? Lynda La Plante's cautionary tale.

0202In Pursuit Of The Uneatable2010110320120515 (BBC7)
20120516 (BBC7)
20130408 (BBC7)
20130409 (BBC7)
20140611 (BBC7)
20140612 (BBC7)

By Brian McGilloway. A simple case of hunt sabotage turns out to be far more than it seems

By Brian McGilloway. A simple case of hunt sabotage turns out to be far more than it seems. Unnerving tale read by Eugene O'Hare.

A simple case of hunt sabotage turns out to be far more than it seems.

A simple case of hunt sabotage turns out to be far more than it seems. Brian McGilloway's unnerving tale read by Eugene O'Hare.

Episode 02 of 03

"In Pursuit of the Uneatable" by Brian Mcgilloway.

Read by Eugene O'Hare.

A new case for McGilloway's detective hero Inspector Benedict Devlin.

Protesters get more than they bargained for at a fox hunt on the Irish borderland.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

About the author:

Brian Mcgilloway was born in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1974.

He is the author of the critically acclaimed Inspector Benedict Devlin series.

His first novel, "Borderlands", was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger 2007 and was hailed by The Times as 'one of (2007's) most impressive debuts.' The second novel in the series, "Gallows Lane", was shortlisted for both the 2009 Irish Book Awards/Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year and the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010.

The new Inspector Devlin novel, "The Rising", was published in the UK earlier this Spring in hardback, alongside the paperback of the third novel, "Bleed A River Deep".

Eugene O'Hare reads In Pursuit of the Uneatable by Brian Mcgilloway

0202In Pursuit Of The Uneatable2010110320120515 (BBC7)
20120516 (BBC7)

Episode 02 of 03

A simple case of hunt sabotage turns out to be far more than it seems.

A simple case of hunt sabotage turns out to be far more than it seems. Brian Mcgilloway's unnerving tale read by Eugene O'Hare.

"In Pursuit of the Uneatable" by Brian Mcgilloway.

Read by Eugene O'Hare.

A new case for McGilloway's detective hero Inspector Benedict Devlin.

Protesters get more than they bargained for at a fox hunt on the Irish borderland.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

About the author:

Brian Mcgilloway was born in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1974.

He is the author of the critically acclaimed Inspector Benedict Devlin series.

His first novel, "Borderlands", was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger 2007 and was hailed by The Times as 'one of (2007's) most impressive debuts.' The second novel in the series, "Gallows Lane", was shortlisted for both the 2009 Irish Book Awards/Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year and the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010.

The new Inspector Devlin novel, "The Rising", was published in the UK earlier this Spring in hardback, alongside the paperback of the third novel, "Bleed A River Deep".

Eugene O'Hare reads In Pursuit of the Uneatable by Brian Mcgilloway

0203 LASTCatch 132010110420120516 (BBC7)
20120517 (BBC7)
20130409 (BBC7)
20130410 (BBC7)
20140612 (BBC7)
20140613 (BBC7)

By Andrew Taylor. Will two bungling would-be robbers have the last laugh after all?

By Andrew Taylor. Will two bungling would-be robbers in a petty art heist have the last laugh after all? Read by James Fleet.

Will two bungling would-be robbers in a petty art heist have the last laugh after all?

Will two bungling would-be robbers in a petty art heist have the last laugh after all? James Fleet reads Andrew Taylor's story.

Episode x03 of 3

Episode 3 of 03

Episode 03 of 03

"Catch 13" by Andrew Taylor.

Read by James Fleet.

Last in a series of short stories inspired by the red herring - that most effective weapon in the crime writer's arsenal.

Andrew Taylor won the 2009 Crime Writer's Association's Cartier Diamond Dagger, awarded for sustained excellence in crime writing.

In "Catch-13", specially written for Radio 4, Taylor displays his pedigree with a brilliant story that twists and turns its way to a stimulating conclusion.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

About the author:

Andrew Taylor's first novel "Caroline Minuscule" won the CWA's John Creasey Award in 1982.

He is the only author to have won the Ellis Peters Historical Award twice, in 2001 for "The Office of the Dead" and in 2003 for "The American Boy" (about the English boyhood of Edgar Allan Poe), which also won the US Audie in the literary fiction category.

He has been shortlisted for the Gold Dagger, the Edgar, and many other awards in the UK and abroad.

His latest novel is "The Anatomy of Ghosts".

James Fleet reads Catch-13 by Andrew Taylor.

0203 LASTCatch 132010110420120516 (BBC7)
20120517 (BBC7)

Episode x03 of 3

Will two bungling would-be robbers in a petty art heist have the last laugh after all? James Fleet reads Andrew Taylor's story.

Episode 3 of 03

Episode 03 of 03

Will two bungling would-be robbers in a petty art heist have the last laugh after all?

"Catch 13" by Andrew Taylor.

Read by James Fleet.

Last in a series of short stories inspired by the red herring - that most effective weapon in the crime writer's arsenal.

Andrew Taylor won the 2009 Crime Writer's Association's Cartier Diamond Dagger, awarded for sustained excellence in crime writing.

In "Catch-13", specially written for Radio 4, Taylor displays his pedigree with a brilliant story that twists and turns its way to a stimulating conclusion.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

About the author:

Andrew Taylor's first novel "Caroline Minuscule" won the CWA's John Creasey Award in 1982.

He is the only author to have won the Ellis Peters Historical Award twice, in 2001 for "The Office of the Dead" and in 2003 for "The American Boy" (about the English boyhood of Edgar Allan Poe), which also won the US Audie in the literary fiction category.

He has been shortlisted for the Gold Dagger, the Edgar, and many other awards in the UK and abroad.

His latest novel is "The Anatomy of Ghosts".

James Fleet reads Catch-13 by Andrew Taylor.