This chart-topping Australian cold case investigation is distinguished by its tone, as much as by its quality. Operating in a register of cautious curiosity, which stands in opposition to the sort of faux-solemn thrill-seeking that so often creeps into true crime podcasts, Trace is the product of painstaking investigation by ABC reporter Rachael Brown into the murder of Maria James. Maria was Catholic, recently separated, the mother of two young boys - and she was stabbed to death in her bookshop in June 1980, in the middle of the day. In the decades that followed, police pursued leads, including a local priest, with little success. Now, Brown looks poised to blow this thing wide open, exposing a web of corruption and abuse in the local church. Produced with the support and participation of Maria's sons, this is a compassionate, eminently listenable search for justice. New half-hour episodes weekly.
Gateway episode: #1 Bookshop murder (20 Jun 2017)