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23Apr/140

EP1241: Lux Radio Theatre: Murder My Sweet

Dick Powell

Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell) becomes involved in a mixed up case of stolen jade, a missing girlfriend,  blackmail, and narcotics.

Original Air Date: June 11, 1945

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22Apr/140

EP1240: Casebook of Gregory Hood: The Carnival of Death

Jackson Beck

An old girlfriend of Greg's turns to him for help when she's blackmailed over a gambling debt she acquired at a carnival.

Original Air Date: October 15, 1949

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21Apr/140

EP1239: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Phantom Chase Matter, Part Six and Seven

Bob Bailey
After nearly escaping death, Johnny tries to track down the woman who claimed to know where Tom Chase is.

Original Air Dates: October 22 and 24, 1956

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20Apr/140

Video Theater 051: Lock Up: The Harry Connors Case

A young man acquitted of assaulting the owner of a pool hall despite everyone believing he's guilty, disappears when the man he was accused of beating up is found murdered.

Season 1, Episode 2 

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19Apr/140

EP1238: Police Headquarters: Track Five and Double Death

The police search for a jewel robber in "Track Five."

A mobster is murdered but appears to have been killed twice in "Double Death."

Episodes 5 and 6

Original Air Date: 1932

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19Apr/140

Book Review: Fit to Kill

It's the 1ate 1950s and Shayne's reporter friend Tim Rourke is on vacation in a Latin American country with a corrupt government when he meets a beautiful blonde claiming to have hot information.

Shayne is at the airport to meet Rourke, who acts out of character. Then Rourke is kidnapped while the girl disappears and Shayne is left with a lot of questions and a typewriter.

The story is okay, it's not as good as the other two Shayne mysteries I've read, but Halliday provides your expected dose of mayhem, danger, and beautiful blondes.

This one suffered for having Shayne out of the picture for the first 30 percent of the book. Rourke isn't a fun point of view character. Plus in the middle of the book, Rourke gets kind of drunk and those scenes read like   poor imitation of Craig Rice's Mr. Malone. The solution is all a bit unsurprising and it wasn't well set up.

Overall, Mike Shayne is still good and it's not a bad read, but Halliday had produced far better books than this one.

Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0

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18Apr/140

EP1237: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Phantom Chase Matter, Part Five and Manhunt: The Clue of the Crimson Corpse

Bob Bailey

Johnny gets a clue and heads to Haiti, then to Cuba, and finally in Barbados in pursuit of Tom Chase.

Original Air Date:  October 19, 1956

A dead body appears in the window of a busy store in the middle of the day.

Original Air Date: April 8, 1944

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17Apr/140

EP1236: Nick Carter: Mind over Murder

Lon Clark
A man who doesn't remember who he is hires Nick to find out, he's particularly interested to discover if he's a criminal.

Original Air Date: February 18, 1945

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16Apr/140

EP1235: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Phantom Chase Matter, Parts Three and Four

Bob Bailey
Johnny hopes a shady information will lead him to the missing Mr. Chase.

Original Air Dates: October 17 and 18, 1956

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15Apr/140

EP1234: Casebook of Gregory Hood: The White Masters

Elliot Lewis

Gregory Hood looks into a fascist group called, "The White Masters."

Original Air Date: November 25, 1946

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