Listener’s Choice Voting Preliminary Voting Begins

In celebration of our tenth season bringing you the Great Detectives of Old Time Radio, the first round of voting in our Listener’s Choice Poll is underway as we winnow the choices in our standard division from forty-nine to thirty-two. Rank your choices in two polls. The top sixteen from each poll will advance. The first poll is here and you should be redirected to the second poll. If you’re not, click here. Deadline is January 24th.

For more details on the Listener Choice process, click here

Update (01/14): Now more than 300 votes in each poll. Thank you for participating.

Update: More than 200 have voted in each poll. I made a video to celebrate when 100 votes had been cast.:

Book Review: Body Under the Bridge


Paul McCusker’s Father Gilbert was the lead character in a series of radio plays for Focus on the Family’s Radio Theater. McCusker brings the character back in the novel, “Body Under the Bridge.”

“Body Under the Bridge” has a stunning opening as Father Gilbert confronts a man who’s about to jump off the roof of Gilbert’s church. The man jumps, leaving an object behind. However, Gilbert finds out no one saw the man in the church, and he was committing suicide by another method somewhere else. However, Gilbert still has the object. At the same time, a long-dead body is found at the site of a contentious construction project.

Overall, McCusker’s written a strong mystery. He’s woven an intricate narrative going back hundreds of years, with a complicated web of dark secrets that’s ensnared many of the town’s  inhabitants. The story has a lot of well-done atmospheric moments that increase the tension.

We introduced to a slew of characters, most of whom are likely suspects, and we never quite know who to trust besides Gilbert. The story has several great twists and never drags for a moment. Gilbert is well-written and is believable both as an ex-cop and as a priest.

The reader should be aware this story leans more to the supernatural stories Father Gilbert appeared in such as, “Dead Air,” and does have some disturbing sequences. However, it does mostly steer clear of the melodrama around Gilbert’s family life that  hurt later episodes of the series.

For fans of the original series, this book is a much-welcomed addition to the Father Gilbert canon. If you like detective stories with a supernatural twist, you can also enjoy the book even if you’ve never heard the radio series.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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EP2726: Dragnet: The Big Confession

Jack Webb

A man comes in and confesses to murder. Friday and Smith to have to verify if the confession is true.

Original Air Date: March 30, 1954

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EP2724: Boston Blackie: Three ‘The Wind Blows West Murders’

Richard Kollmar

Three men are murdered while reading copies of the newest best-selling novel.

Original Air Date: February 11, 1948
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EP2723: Rocky Jordan: Adventures with Andrea

Jack Moyles

A friend of Rocky’s asks to stay with him, but a black-haired woman from Brazil has a score to settle.

Original Air Date: September 11, 1949

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