Catherine Brobeck: A Passionate and Prolific Writer and Podcaster

Catherine Brobeck was a writer, editor, strategist, and consultant, who worked with entertainment, non-profits, arts, and healthcare organizations. She was also the co-host of the popular literary podcast, All About Agatha, which discussed the works of Agatha Christie and other mystery writers.

Catherine was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, to Barry and Linda Brobeck on November 16, 1984. She graduated from Yale University in 2006 with a degree in Comparative Literature and a thesis about crime and geography in the 1930s Los Angeles novel.

At Yale, she was cofounder of Cinema at the Whitney, Co-President of Yale Film Society, President of Yale Drama Coalition, Producer and Assistant Producer at Yale Theater, and a Contributing Writer and Critic at the Yale Herald.

Catherine was a storyteller, who loved to read, write, and talk. She could usually be found with a book and phone nearby. She was passionate about literature, current affairs, music, musical theater, art, film, television, basketball, history, geography, infrastructure, and so much more. She could share details that would amaze and amuse.

Catherine was best known as the co-host of the All About Agatha podcast, which she started with her friend Kemper Donovan in 2016. The podcast featured insightful and humorous discussions of Agatha Christie’s novels, short stories, plays, and adaptations. It also included interviews with experts, authors, and fans of the genre. The podcast had a loyal and global fan base, who appreciated Catherine’s voice, humor, and knowledge.

Catherine was also a prolific writer and podcaster who had also lectured at Cambridge University on justice in literature, and collaborated with the Los Angeles Public Library, amongst other institutions.

Catherine is survived by her mother and father, Linda L Brobeck and Barry H Brobeck, of Waverly, Minnesota, sister, Elizabeth Anne Brobeck of Minneapolis, Minnesota, uncle, David (Gaye) Brobeck, aunt Jill (Jimmy) Borel, and aunt Julie Bray. She is preceded in death by her grandparents Frank and Doris Stumpf and Dr. David and Bettye Brobeck, and aunts Joanne Martin and Diane Stumpf.

Catherine’s death was announced by Kemper on the All About Agatha podcast and Facebook page on November 28, 2021. He expressed his shock and devastation, and thanked the listeners for their support and love.

Catherine’s obituary was published on Legacy.com by Rose Family Funeral Home & Cremation on December 16, 2021. A memorial service was held on December 18, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, Minnesota.

Catherine Brobeck was a remarkable and talented person, who touched the lives of many people with her words and voice. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and fans. May she rest in peace.