Episode 112

Valerie Francis is a writer, literary editor, and podcaster who specializes in stories by, for, and about women. I have followed her work for a long time and was thrilled to get the chance to talk to her. As a fellow writer, Valerie is a phenomenal person to learn from, but talking to her as a fellow reader is even better. She thinks very deeply about story, and we had a great time talking about why this novel works so well. Don’t worry, this is a spoiler free episode, because I know you’re going to want to read “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” after you hear Valerie Francis tell my why it is the Best Book Ever.

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Host: Julie Strauss

Guest: Valerie Francis
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Discussed in this episode:
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Listen to Valerie talk about Gone Girl on the Story Grid Editor Roundtable Podcast (this is episode one of a seven-part deep dive)
The Inspector Rebus Novels by Ian Rankin (Note: there are 22 Inspector Rebus books, but they don’t have to be read in order)
Knives Out
Listen to Valerie talk about Knives Out on the Story Nerd Podcast
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
The Maid by Nita Prose

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