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18Aug/140

EP1341: Pursuit: Pursuit of the Thames Pirates

Ben Wright

Peter Black joins the pursuit of thieves down the Thames River.

Original Air Date: February 12, 1952

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16Aug/140

EP1340: Dragnet: Production #3 Robbery Aka: The Werewolf

Jack Webb

Joe and Ben go searching for a criminal nicknamed the “werewolf” who is terrorizing young women in LA’s Central district

Original Air Date: June 17, 1949

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16Aug/140

Book Review: Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories

This book collects all the short stories starring Agatha Christie’s famous elderly spinster detective Miss Marple.

The most important thing to know about them is that in three out of four short stories, nothing is really at stake. There is no murderer to be caught or punished because the murderer has already been caught and punished. In the majority of the stories, Miss Marple is sitting around in a group of friends who are telling each other about murder cases they’ve encountered for which they know the solution and are challenging their friends to solve it.

The format of these stories hearkens back to the armchair detectives of the 1910s and 1920s such as Baroness Orczy’s Old Man in the Corner. While the stories don’t have much suspense, the puzzles are interesting and Christie gives Miss Marple’s friends enough characterization to keep them interesting while also working a nice dose of charm and humor into the discussion of the case.

In many of the early armchair stories, Miss Marple is somewhat reminiscent of G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown in his earliest stories. She sits back and leaves most of the conversation to the younger people only to contribute the actual solution at the end. In many ways, she seems like anyone'stereotypical grandmother or elderly aunt, though perhaps more honest as Miss Marple not only admits to gossiping but defends the practice. However, she has an amazing mind that has taken in all she has experienced while living in a small village and used it as a frame of reference for understanding human behavior, including the criminal crime.

Of course, there are some stories that deviate from the armchair format and and are more traditional detective stories. I enjoyed these more. My favorite was, “The Case of the Perfect Maid” which has Miss Marple investigating a case of a maid whose career is in trouble after leaving the employee of two strange sisters under a cloud of suspicion. I also found “Sanctuary,” which has Miss Marple assisting in the investigation of man who died in a church to be very enjoyable.

Overall, while I’m not a huge fan of pure puzzle mysteries, I found myself thoroughly entertained by this volume. It’s a testament to the genius of Agatha Christie that these stories are so entertaining. Also for 20 Miss Marple short stories, the book is very economically priced either in paperback or as an ebook.

Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

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15Aug/140

EP1339: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Ming Toy Murphy Matter

Bob Bailey
Johnny has to find a dog--a talking dog.

Original Air Date: April 14, 1957

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14Aug/141

EP1338: Nick Carter: The Case of the Howling Horse

Lon Clark
Nick goes upstate to investigate the case  of a horse that hunt and kill men.

Original Air Date: September 30, 1945

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13Aug/140

EP1337: Philip Marlowe: Easy Mark

Gerald Mohr

Marlowe to help a woman's husband whose in trouble with blackmailers and finds a backwards case. Why would blackmailer attack their mark?

Original Air Date: January 29, 1949

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12Aug/140

EP1336: Pat Novak: Georgie Lampson

Jack Webb
Novak is hired by an old flame and finds himself once again, in the thick of a murder investigation.

Original Air Date: June 12, 1949.

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11Aug/140

Why I’m Doing Four Half Marathons This Fall

I'm not fast.

I'm not a runner.

This Fall, I'll be participating in four half marathons in five weeks.  Here's the reason why:

There are hundreds of thousands of AIDS orphans in India. Either their parents have died or they have been abandoned. They face starvation, and a future without hope.

Send Hope has established orphanages in India where these children who would otherwise be abandoned, are given food, clothing, medicine, education, and more importantly, love and hope.

Heaven's Gate

Run for Heaven’s Gate began in Boise at a grassroots level several years ago to raise funds for these children in India with walker and runners doing four half marathons to raise funds for the orphans in India. I heard about it church and decided that this year, I was actually going to do it and I’ve been training for it since March.

It’s been quite an experience. Prior to this year, the longest I’d ever walked was 5K or 3.1 miles. Prior to Run for Heaven’s Gate, Saturday was my “sleep in day,” now I’m getting early and going to bed early on Friday. I’ve been introduced to a whole new world where people take things like GU to prepare for long runs and where it really does make sense to pay extra for good shoes because good shoes are cheaper than physical therapists.

While I hope that  I become more fit through this whole process, I admit that there is no way I could imagine do this except for the fact that in India, there are children whose futures lay in the balance between life and hope and death and despair. Run for Heaven’s Gate gives me an opportunity to make a difference in their lives. Every dollar raised goes to help these kids and every $400 raised will cover all the needs of a child in India for a whole year.

You can make a tax deductible pledge in any amount support of my walk by going here.

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11Aug/140

EP1335: Pursuit: Pursuit of the Loch Ness Killer

Ben Wright

Inspector Black goes to Scotland to investigate a murder and find the prime suspect has broken jail.

Original Air Date: December 11, 1951

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10Aug/140

Video Theater 055: Decoy: Night of Fire

DescriptionCasey goes undercover in an office to investigate an arson. The business owner suspects a former mental patient.

Episode 23 (1957)

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