Kerides the Thinker
Imagination Theater radio series
Created and written by Iain McLaughlin and Claire Bartlett
Most episodes are light-hearted half hour mysteries, which are intended to have a touch of The Third Man about them. However, episodes 8 and 15 are both hour-long stories and have a far more serious tone.
episode 1: Kerides, the Thinker: Alexandria 276 BC
Kerides arrives in Alexandria, keen to find his mentor's old friend, Mentep, and to continue his studies. Instead he finds himself accused of murder and meets up with the slave, Adrea.
episode 2: Too Much Wine
A simple shopping trip to market lands Kerides in the middle of another murder. This time, someone really has slipped something into the wine.
episode 3: Mark of the Serpent
When one of Adrea's slave friends disappears, she asks Kerides for his help. His investigation uncovers that more than one member of the household is missing and that there has already been a death in the house...
episode 4: Death of a Thousand Paper Cuts
Nothing can possibly disturb a quiet day of reading the Great Library of Alexandria... could it? Feuding philosophers and a dead librarian ruin Kerides and Adrea's plans for a quiet day.
episode 5: Death of a Nobody
When a merchant from out of town is murdered in his rooms, there are only two major problems facing Kerides - the victim's body has gone missing and the only witness to the crime is completely blind. And why do none of the clues make any sense at all?
episode 6: Death of a Pharaoh
This murder is far more challenging for Kerides. His dilemma is stark - he must murder the Pharaoh or see Adrea killed.
episode 7: Death Over Dinner
All Adrea really wants is a night away from cooking and cleaning - and definitely a night away from murder. Unfortunately, they picked exactly the wrong tavern to visit for a quiet, peaceful meal.
episode 8: Return of the Queen (double length episode)
A woman, claiming to be a long dead Queen returned to life tells Kerides and Mentep of a plan to attack Egypt. Her story must surely be bogus, but can they take the risk?
episode 9: The Scene of the Crime
Adrea's temper causes trouble for Kerides during an investigation and that means trouble for their relationship. The only question is, will they live long enough to sort their relationship out?
episode 10: The Mother of All Crimes
Usually Adrea rails against Kerides getting involved in solving crimes... this time she's begging him to save the life of a slave accused of murder. She thinks the slave could be the mother she has never known.
episode 11: Brother, Can You Spare A Crime?
Having found her mother, Adrea and Kerides begin to investigate more into who Adrea's father was. The answer proves the old adage true... you really can't choose your family.
episode 12: Shopping Can Be Murder
Some people lose their head when they're shopping. Only Kerides could find one. A shopping trip to buy food for a quiet meal becomes a murder investigation which threatens to turn everyone vegetarian.
episode 13: The Walking Dead
A banquet to celebrate the forthcoming marriage of Kerides and Adrea is thrown into turmoil with the murder of an honoured guest, the threat of plague and corpses rising from the dead.
episode 14: Last Night of Freedom
Every wedding needs a Bachelor Party. Unfortunately, Kerides' Bachelor Party includes kidnapping, a drunk mother-in-law and a threat to destroy Alexandria.
episode 15: Till Death Do You Part (double length episode)
The day of Kerides and Adrea's wedding has finally arrived. What could possibly go wrong? Start with an army of wedding-crashers - and we do mean an army - and things go from there. Will Egypt be saved? And will Adrea and Kerides finally tie the knot?
Currently available to buy
The scripts for the first eight episodes of the series are available in this book, which has notes for each story written by the script's writers.
Included in this collection is Return of the Queen, featuring the uncrowned Erimem from the universe of Doctor Who, and from her own series of novels published by Thebes Publishing. Available from the Thebes website or on Amazon.
The second volume of adventures from Kerides and Adrea is also available from Imagination Theater's website. This collection contains five episodes, including the double length story, Return of the Queen.
There have been some discussions about the possibility of a Kerides the Thinker novel or of an anthology of short stories. It's something Claire and I are both keen on pursuing, so hopefully that will happen either in 2017 or 2018.