The Detection Club on the Air: 'Behind the Screen' and "The Scoop.'"
Clues, 4 (1983), 1-20.
A history of rediscovering the publications
In the introduction of 1978's Verdict of 13,
Julian Symonds, President of the
Detection Club, writes that the detection club was founded in 1932
and had two earlier publications - 1932 Floating Admiral
and 1936 The Anatomy of Murder.
In 1984 Charter edition of The Scoop and Behind the Screen, Julian
Symons, in the preface, writes that he made a mistake in
the introduction of 1978's verdict of 13, by saying the club
was founded in 1932 (since the serials went on the air in
1930 and 1931). The founding date of the club had been
assumed to be 1932, since that is when a book of Constitution
and Rules was dated. Efforts to find the founding date resulted in:
A letter written to the Times Literary Supplement in 1930, signed by several members of
The Detection Club, and a claim by member Anthony Berkeley that
the club was founded in 1928. Julian Symons was "prepared to settle
for 1930" unless other documents appeared.
Julian Symons also writes that
"Other books with the same purpose, also the product of several hands,
were The Floating Admiral(1931), which has recently been
reprinted; Ask a Policeman(1933), soon to
reappear; and of course the recent Verdict of Thirteen,
already mentioned. There are
other titles, too, but since I have not seen most of them,
I shall not take the risk of mentioning the books."
In the 1989 Berkley edition of Six Against the Yard,
Ask a Policeman,
Crime on the Coast and No Flowers by Request, The Floating Admiral,
The Scoop and Behind the Screen, and Six Against the Yard are
all listed as Berkley Mysteries by the Detection Club.
In 1990 Berkley edition of More Anatomy of Murder,
The Anatomy of Murder, Ask a Policeman,
Crime on the Coast and No Flowers
By Request, The Floating Admiral, More Anatomy of Murder,
and The Scoop and Behind the Screen are all listed as
Berkley Mysteries by the Detection Club. (Six
Against the Yard did not appear here.)
A list of past Detection Club presidents
(most of this is taken from Julian Symons
in the introduction of Charter's 1984 version of The Scoop and Behind the
G.K. Chesterton year of the first dinner-1936
E.C. Bentley 1936-1949
Dorothy L. Sayers 1949-1958
Agatha Christie 1958-1976 (with the assistance of Lord Gorell 1958-1963
"who because of Mrs. Christie's extreme shyness, undertook to propose
toasts and make introductory speeches")
Julian Symons 1976-1985
H.R.F. Keating 1987-
Other Detection Club Items
A Reprint of the Detection Club's Oath
Graphics and Text Software - THE SCOOP - Based on a murder mystery by AGATHA CHRISTIE and other members of the London Detection Club.
Spinnaker published Telarium Software THE SCOOP in 1989.
You're the new reporter at the Daily Courier
and you've just been scooped. Geraldine Tracey is murdered; no one knows who did it; your rivals from the Morning Star have beat
you to the story; and your editor is furious! You'll have to work quickly and carefully to solve the murder. It features more than 30
animated characters with over 80 locations set in and around London. You see the mystery unfold as you move your investigative
reporter and interact with his or her surroundings though obvious-to-use menus. Interrogate suspects, eavesdrop on conversations,
search rooms, gather evidence, and do it all rapidly and easily, with no cumbersome typing of words or sentences.
Enclosed also is the book, the 1 page newspaper (approx. 14x23 and Mint) and
last but not least the 2 5.25" floppies.
Box says...IBM PC/AT/XT;Tandy
1000/3000 and True IBM Compatibles. Requires DOS 2.0 or higher,
256K for CGA & Tandy Graphics. 512K for EGA, MCGA & UGA. 5.25" Drive.
Picture of The Scoop computer game
BEHIND THE SCREEN Based on a Murder Mystery by AGATHA CHRISTIE and Other Members of the LONDON DETECTION CLUB..YOU_ SOLVE_IT A challanging VCR
MYSTERY GAME for ARMCHAIR DETECTIVEs. UNLIMITED REPLAY--OVER 250 different endings!
Includes VHS TAPE, detectives notepad, answer book, solution decoder, 8 detective cards. First made in 1986. Also made in
1989 by spinnaker software corp
Picture of Behind The Screen VHS Game
THE SCOOP Based on a Murder Mystery by Agatha Christie and Other Members
of the London Detection Club. A challenging VCR Mystery Game from
1987, made by spinnaker. Picture of The Scoop VHS Game
Geralydne Tracey has been found murdered in a lonely apartment outside Boston.
Shortly after Mrs. Tracey's death, James Johnson, a local reporter covering the
story for WDOA TV Station, discovers the murder weapon, only to fall victim to
it himself. Getting the story becomes a dangerous assignment.
Who could be responsible for the double murder? Was it Henry Fisher, Geraldyne
's boyfriend? The supicious housekeeper, Gladys Sharp? Perhaps her own sister,
Angela? Everyone's alibis seem above suspicion. Delve deeper and the real murder
er will be uncovered. Remember, everything is not as it seems. During your inves
tigation, some people will tell the truth and others will not. It is up to you t
o establish a motive for murder.
EQUIPMENT:video cassette tape with more than 250 plot twists.
1 Dectective's Notepad
1 Answer Book
1 Solution Decoder Sheet
8 Detective Cards
On a web page on
Lucy Beatrice Malleson, 1899-1973 it says that
she wrote more than 60 novels under various pseudonyms including
Anthony Gilbert (see No Flowers By Request).
Malleson was a founding member of
the Detection Club and served as its general secretary. She also published
On the web page
David Williams was elected to the Detection club in 1988.
The Floating Admiral - 1931: by Dorothy L. Sayers.
The Anatomy of Murder - 1936:
Detection Medley - 1939:
Double Death - 1985 Edition
Verdict of 13 - A Detection Club Anthology - 1978
The Scoop and Behind the Screen - 1984 Edition
The Man Who... - 1992
Dr. Sarah J. Greenwald
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