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31Jul/140

EP1326: Nick Carter: The Vanishing Postman

Lon Clark

After a car accident, Nick happens on a leather bag belonging to a postman who disappeared seven years ago.

Original Air Date: August 26, 1945

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30Jul/140

EP1325: Phillip Marlowe: The Black Halo

Gerald Mohr

Marlowe looks for a woman who works for a major perfume company.

Original Air Date: January 15, 1949

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29Jul/141

EP1324: Pat Novak for Hire: Give Envelope to John St. John

Jack Webb

A dying man gives Novak an envelope with the mission to deliver it to John St. John.

Original Air Date: May 22, 1949

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28Jul/140

EP1323: Pursuit: Pursuit and the Man Who Died Late

Ben Wright
Inspector Black is presented with a case of a man who appeared to died from assault but was actually shot-months before he died.

Original Air Date: October 2, 1951

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26Jul/140

EP1322: Police Headquarters: Old Cop and Stolen Brain

An elderly soon to be retired police officer investigates the theft of $190,000 in cash in "Old Cop."

And the brain of a dead brilliant scientist is stolen and $100,000 in insurance money is at stake in, "Stolen Brain."

Episodes 36 and 37 (1932)

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26Jul/140

The Top 12 Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part One

The Sherlock Holmes stories are remarkable. While there have been some innovators in the detective genre in past 90 years or so that have added new wrinkles and and twists to the genre, Doyle’s work stands up as must-read for serious mystery fans.

There were countless genius detectives solving crimes, but none are loved or revered like Sherlock Holmes. While there were a few stories that didn’t work and some people read struggle with the Victorian setting, the Sherlock Holmes canon of fifty-six short stories and four novels has stood the test of time remarkably well. Which of them are the best?

Over the next three weeks, I’ll post my list of the top twelve Sherlock Holmes’ stories:

12) The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (1892):

This is one of the definitive holiday detective stories. This murderless mystery is a great puzzle that begins simply enough after a man lost his hat and a Christmas goose.  It really starts with what seems like an incident that seems like it should be beneath the notice of the great Sherlock Holmes but is really a fascinating puzzle. Doyle shows that while some mysteries involve sensational or salacious details, it’s not always necessary. I also love how the ending is both consistent with Holmes’ character and appropriate for the spirit of the Season.

11) The Devil’s Foot (1910):

The story tells of Holmes and Watson visiting Cornwall for a rest. However, Holmes  is pulled into investigating a mysterious death and insanity that afflicted a family. It is a haunting and chilling story that manages to merge the right elements of horror and the detective story. Great atmosphere throughout and a satisfying resolution makes this a winning story.

10) The Empty House (1903)

Sherlock Holmes was a character not even his creator could kill off. The “Empty House” is a wonderful story that tells us what really happened when Holmes faced Moriarty in, "The Final Problem" and then sets Holmes against the deadly Colonel Sebastian Moran. This was a great story to welcome Sherlock Holmes back to literary life.

9) The Adventure of the Naval Treaty (1893):

A truly engaging mystery. It manages to have major stakes with British national security, while also present a more personal problem for a young diplomat for whom the disappearance of this treaty has cast a shadow over his career. The story is engaging with some great clues, a great conclusion, and Holmes wrapping it all up with a theatrical flourish.

8) The Problem of Thor Bridge (1922)

This story of a seemingly sweet and benevolent governess facing a charge for murder is one of the best of the later Sherlock Holmes stories. The "Problem of Thor Bridge"  is engaging and the solution is classic. While many 1920s Holmes stories are disliked by fans and critics alike, this one is a true gem.

Continued Next week...

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25Jul/140

EP1321: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Meek Memorial Matter

Bob Bailey

Johnny searches for a stolen missing copy of the Gettysburg Address.

Original Air Date: March 3, 1957

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24Jul/140

EP1320: Nick Carter: The Case of the Sick Statue

Nick's called in by a maid who is concerned about a plague spreading from statues. Nick arrives to find her dead.

Original Air Date: August 12, 1945

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23Jul/140

EP1319: Philip Marlowe: The Restless Day

Gerald Mohr

Marlowe's hopes of a day off are spoiled when a man who was assumed dead by accident shows up asking Marlowe to find out who tried to kill him.

Original Air Date: January 8, 1949

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22Jul/140

EP1318: Pat Novak: The Geranium Plant

Pat Novak's hired to deliver a geranium. He's hit by a car after the pick-up and that's just the start of his trouble.

Original Air Date: May 14, 1949

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