EP2049: Night Beat: A World All His Own

Frank Lovejoy
A punch-drunk ex-boxing champion dreams of making peace with his ex-wife while living in a fantasy world.

Original Air Date: February 20, 1950

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AWR0007: Psalm for a Dark Year

Amazing World of Radio

The finale of 26 by Corwin focuses on Thanksgiving in war torn 1941.

Original Air Date: November 9, 1941

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EP2048: Dragnet: The Big Hands

Jack Webb\
Friday and Romero investigate the strangling murder of an unidentified woman.

Original Air Date: November 22, 1951

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Book Review: A Study in Terror

In A Study in Terror, while trying to work on his latest novel, Ellery Queen is distracted by a friend who brings him a manuscript purporting to be a lost Sherlock Holmes story where Doctor Watson recounts how Holmes investigated the Jack the Ripper murders.

The book is mostly a Sherlock Holmes pastiche with an Ellery Queen story framing it. The pastiche is a good one that shows proficiency in Holmes and a love for the character that the author obviously possesses. The framing story is mostly okay. It’s hindered by an unnecessary romantic angle that doesn’t add much to the story. It takes quite a while to figure out why Ellery Queen is in this book and it’s that someone thinks the conclusion of the Sherlock Holmes story is wrong. The author deserves credit for finding some way to make this argument without creating a situation that makes Ellery Queen out to be a better detective than Sherlock Holmes.

The book is enjoyable but those looking for a realistic solution to the Ripper murders will have to look elsewhere. The solution offered in the book is consistent with the book but not with all the evidence that’s been put out on the Ripper murders. It would have probably been better to fictionalize the murderers rather than to make it a well-known case and not offer a plausible solution.

Still, A Study in a Terror is an enjoyable mash up of two great detectives that gives both of them their due.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0

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EP2047: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Sudden Wealth Matter

Bob Bailey
Johnny tries to break up a pyramid scheme.

Original Air Date: December 13, 1959

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