The Scoop first appeared as a serial in ‘The Listener’ in 1931.The story was planned in outline by all its authors in committee, before the writing began, and thereafter Dorothy L. Sayers acted as co-ordinating editor. The story is set in a newspaper office, with the murder of a reporter who is himself investigating for his paper a seemingly unrelated murder committed in a remote Sussex bungalow.
The contributors were: Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, Clemence Dane, E.C. Bentley, Anthony Berkeley, and Freeman Wills Crofts.
There is evidence to suggest that Sayers intended that the story should be expanded into a full-length novel, but that project was stillborn. The Detection Club’s first novel-length book was The Floating Admiral.