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Dangerous Assignment: The Memory Chain (Video Theater 237)

Steve travels to Munich to break up a spy ring that spreads its message by memory rather than in written form.

Original Air Date: Fall 1951

Season 1, Episode

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Tales of the Texas Rangers: Clip Job (EP3914)

Today’s Mystery:

Jace is called in when a con man swindles a widow out of her entire live savings.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: January 13, 1952

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Book Review: The Corpse Came Calling

In the opening chapter of The Corpse Came Calling, a private detective acquaintance of Michael Shayne stumbles into the office where he and his wife are bantering and collapses dead after calling ahead and saying he wanted to stay Shayne. Shayne collects $200 from the dead man’s wallet as well as taking a piece of cardboard off him before heading upstairs to his apartment and pretending that his wife Phyllis was in the office alone when the dead man arrived where he encounters a beautiful blonde with a simple request: ,murder her fugitive ex-con husband.

While Shayne is used to playing fast and loose with the law, he could pay a much bigger price as his wife Phyllis ends up in jeopardy and his antics are of even more concern when a man from the FBI comes around alleging the murdered PI was a traitor and tied up with the theft of defense secrets. This is a particularly sensitive time as America had just entered World War II.

I did spend quite a bit of this book doubting Shayne. Even his newspaperman buddy Tim Rourke turns on him at one point when he sees what Shayne appears to be doing. At the best of time, Shayne’s methods are dicey but will he really carry on in such a reckless fashion with his country at war? I also have to say there was one scene I absolutely hated where Mike and Phyllis were held in their apartment by thugs and Phyllis was the recipient of rapte threats that were uncomfortably direct, particularly for the era the book was written in.

Despite these moments, the book is a solid entry in Shayne’s adventures with a lot of big twists and surprises that really showcase the strength of this series. The book may try the reader’s patience in the early chapters but really does pay off nicely in the end.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5′

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Bilked Baroness Matter (EP3913)

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Today’s Mystery:

Johnny investigates the theft of jewels from the wealthy widow of a baron.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: May 18, 1954

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Philo Vance: The Tea Cup Murder Case (EP3912)

Today’s Mystery:

The murder of a ship’s steward – who was also a diamond smuggler – sets off a string of violence and intrigue that Vance has to unravel.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: October 10, 1949

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Dangerous Assignment: Solve Kent Jackson’s Murder (EP3911)


Today’s Mystery:

Steve goes to Rangoon to investigate the murder of an American correspondent who was reporting on a racket involving political refugees.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: May 24, 1950

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I Hate Crime: Episode 45 (EP3910)

Today’s Mystery:

Larry is hired to guard a shady character.

Original Radio Broadcast Date: 1950

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