Great Detectives Cyber Monday Ebook Sale

On Cyber Monday and Tuesday, all five of my podcast-related ebooks are free or on sale.

From our fiction category, users with the Kindle or a Kindle App can get my first detective story An Ounce of Prevention is available for free.  In An Ounce of PreventionPrivate Detective Jerry Newton takes on a simple bodyguard job for a frightened school teacher but soon finds himself facing the most difficult decision of his career. For 99 cents, you can pick up Slime Incorporated , a full length novel star’s Newton’s employee Cole Ustick as he takes on a murder case set against the backdrop of the Idaho Governor’s race.

Our other free giveaway is What Made the Golden Age Shine  at Smashwords. my manifesto where I explain what’s so great about Golden Age entertainment. used coupon code FW52E to get the book for free.

Also, my two life lessons from Great Detectives books are available for sale. You can learn life lessons from Columbo, Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown,  Adrian Monk, and others for 99 cents in All I Needed to Know I Learned from ColumboIn our longer sequel, All I Needed to Know I Learned from Dragnet you can learn lessons from Hercule Poirot, Johnny Dollar, Joe Friday, Frank Cannon, and others for the discounted prize of $2.99 .

Below is a widget for our Cyber Monday deals on Amazon and links to all of the items on Smashwords with coupon codes for those who don’t have the Kindle or a Kindle app.

Smashwords Codes:

Slime Incorporated Code (LG78H)
All I Needed to Know I Learned from Columbo Code (WS83U)
All I Needed to Know I Learned from Dragnet Code (HL98P)

EP1743: Michael Shayne: Judge Stanton Murdered

Wally Maher
A federal judge is killed and evidence found at the scene of the crime implicates a man who was just released from prison when the police found evidence that someone else had his fingerprints.

Original Air Date: June 4, 1945

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Video Theater 074: Dragnet: The Big Mother

Joe Friday and Ed Jacobs search for a kidnapped baby.

Original Air Date: January 31, 1952

EP1742: Dragnet: The Big Parrot

Jack Webb
Friday and Romero investigate a double murder that’s been attempted to be covered up with arson.

Original Air Date: November 16, 1950

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Movie Review: Blonde for a Day

Lloyd Nolan had a solid run as Michael Shayne in seven B-movies for Fox in the early forties. Then in 1946-47, a second series of Shayne films were made starring Hugh Beaumont (Leave it to Beaver) as Shayne. Blonde for a Day was the third film.

In Blonde for a Day, Shayne heads back to his hometown from San Francisco when his old reporter pal Tim Rourke is put in hospital and out of commission while investigating racketeers. Shayne has to unravel the truth behind the shootings and the rackets.

The film has two things going for it. First, it’s based on a story by Brett Halliday and it’s easy to tell they kept to Halliday’s plot, which is far more than you could say for most of the Fox Shayne films. The basics of the mystery are good and make the movie better than it would be otherwise. Beaumont is a competent leading man, while by no means a first choice for Shayne, he puts in a serviceable performance.

The rest of the film is fairly awful. It lacks the stylishness of the Nolan pictures and it’s poorly made in its own right. The beginning is hard to watch as it’s dominated by stock footage, bad acting, and a dreadful soundtrack plays over every scene.The other actors’ performances remain almost universally bad with dated routines (even by 1946 standards) being poorly executed.

This is the only Beaumont Shayne film to be released and as such, it is a bit of curiosity. Given the quality of the film, the best way to satisfy curiosity is with a $1.99 digital rental. It’s just not worth buying the DVD unless you’re a collector.

Rating: 2.25 out of 5.0

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