Month: March 2014

EP1221: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Picture Postcard Matter, Parts One and Two

Bob Bailey

Johnny searches for $100,000 in diamonds in Switzerland with his clue being a picture postcard.

Original Air Dates: October 1 and 2, 1956

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EP1220: Homicide O’Kane: The Story Of The Killer Who Returned From The Dead As The Clock Struck The Hour

Bud Hiestand

O’Kane gets a call from a man about to be murdered.

Original Air Date: March 2, 1943

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Book Review: Death of a Doxy

In Death of a Doxy (1966), Archie agrees to a favor for Orrie Cather and reclaim an item from the house of a young woman. Instead, Archie finds the woman dead and smells a set up. Archie extricates himself, but Orrie, a long time associate of Wolfe’s, is charged with murder.

In a conclave with Wolfe, based on the strong conviction of Saul Panzer, the private detective decide Orrie is innocent and set out to prove it. The murdered woman was having an affair with a powerful man and the first but not last task is to find this man.

Death of a Doxy is a solidly written story. The character of Julie Jaquette, a successful nightclub singer who does an impromptu song and dance for Wolfe, which is, without a doubt the greatest moment of the book. Jacquet showed that Stout’s ability to write memorable characters was still very much intact.

The book is a bit darker and cynical than many early Wolfe mysteries of the 1950s particularly with how the killer was disposed of.

The book also introduces Avery Ballou, a character who’d play a minor role in several of the later Wolfe novels, as well as provide some foreshadowing of events that would occur in the final Wolfe novel.

Overall, I rate the book: Satisfactory

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EP1219: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Meg’s Palace Matter, Part Five and Manhunt: The Clue of the Magazine Murder

Bob Bailey

Johnny tries to uncover the identity of the killer of Charlie Button and the person who is threatening Meg.

Original Air Date: September 28, 1956

 A mystery writer is murdered as he’s writing the last installment of a popular detective story.

Original Air Date: February 19, 1944

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Episode 1218: Nick Carter: Death by Ricochet

Lon Clark

Nick is called in to investigate when a sport’s shooter’s bullet appears to kill a man, and then he’s asked to draw up an elderly woman’s will.

Original Air Date: January 21, 1945

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