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19Apr/140

EP1238: Police Headquarters: Track Five and Double Death

The police search for a jewel robber in "Track Five."

A mobster is murdered but appears to have been killed twice in "Double Death."

Episodes 5 and 6

Original Air Date: 1932

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19Apr/140

Book Review: Fit to Kill

It's the 1ate 1950s and Shayne's reporter friend Tim Rourke is on vacation in a Latin American country with a corrupt government when he meets a beautiful blonde claiming to have hot information.

Shayne is at the airport to meet Rourke, who acts out of character. Then Rourke is kidnapped while the girl disappears and Shayne is left with a lot of questions and a typewriter.

The story is okay, it's not as good as the other two Shayne mysteries I've read, but Halliday provides your expected dose of mayhem, danger, and beautiful blondes.

This one suffered for having Shayne out of the picture for the first 30 percent of the book. Rourke isn't a fun point of view character. Plus in the middle of the book, Rourke gets kind of drunk and those scenes read like   poor imitation of Craig Rice's Mr. Malone. The solution is all a bit unsurprising and it wasn't well set up.

Overall, Mike Shayne is still good and it's not a bad read, but Halliday had produced far better books than this one.

Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0

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18Apr/140

EP1237: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Phantom Chase Matter, Part Five and Manhunt: The Clue of the Crimson Corpse

Bob Bailey

Johnny gets a clue and heads to Haiti, then to Cuba, and finally in Barbados in pursuit of Tom Chase.

Original Air Date:  October 19, 1956

A dead body appears in the window of a busy store in the middle of the day.

Original Air Date: April 8, 1944

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17Apr/140

EP1236: Nick Carter: Mind over Murder

Lon Clark
A man who doesn't remember who he is hires Nick to find out, he's particularly interested to discover if he's a criminal.

Original Air Date: February 18, 1945

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16Apr/140

EP1235: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Phantom Chase Matter, Parts Three and Four

Bob Bailey
Johnny hopes a shady information will lead him to the missing Mr. Chase.

Original Air Dates: October 17 and 18, 1956

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15Apr/140

EP1234: Casebook of Gregory Hood: The White Masters

Elliot Lewis

Gregory Hood looks into a fascist group called, "The White Masters."

Original Air Date: November 25, 1946

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14Apr/140

EP1233: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Phantom Chase Matter, Parts One and Two

Bob Bailey
A junior partner accused of embezzling $100,000 jumps bail and the senior partner believes that he saw him in a newspaper picture of a New Orleans bar.

Original Air Dates: October 15 and 16, 1956

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12Apr/140

EP1232: Police Headquarters: The Warehouse Job and James Davis Killed

An officer is knocked out during a warehouse robbery.

A man asks for a police escort from a bar and is then murdered.

Episodes 3 and 4

Original Air Dates: 1932

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12Apr/140

Radio Drama Review: Death on the Nile

The plot of Death on the Nile is familiar to me. In the past,  I've reviewed the Ustinov big screen version and the David Suchet version.   Recently, I was pleased to enjoy the BBC Radio 4 version.

It can seem odd to listen to, watch, and experience a mystery multiple times because to the viewer or listener, it's no longer a mystery. We know whodunit and we know why. Yet, there are some stories that are so compelling that the stories never get old. And that's definitely the case with Death on the Nile. 

The plot has Poirot (John Moffat) on vacation in Egypt and stepping smack into the middle of huge drama.  Simon and Linnet Doyle are on their honeymoon being staked by Jacqueline, Simon's former fiancee who he jilted in order to marry Linnet, who was Jacqueline's far richer best friend. Poirot sees trouble coming and tries to head it off, warning Jacqueline not to let evil into her.  However, the tragedy occurs when Linnet is murdered with Jacqueline's gun. However, Jacqueline didn't do it as she had just attempted to kill Simon and had panicked and was staying with a nurse at the time Linnet died.

The good news for Poirot is that the boat is full of potential suspects or at  the very least, people who have their own secrets to hide.  Thus Poirot has to sift through an amazing array of lies to find what really happened.

While you listening to the radio adaptation, you may miss the stunning visuals that defined the television and film adaptations, I think that the radio version may have the been the best at capturing the emotional conflicts at the heart of Death on the Nile. The pacing is very deliberate. It was aired a five part drama, and the first murder didn't occur until the end of  part three. They really did a great job setting up the situation and the characters. The interactions between Poirot and Jacqueline are priceless, and the resolution to the secondary storylines add a more positive counterbalance that makes this enjoyable.

Death on the Nile is a great story that brings home the brilliance of the murder and the tragedy of the perpetrators in a way that captures the imagination and makes this a must-listen to Poirot adaptation.

Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0

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11Apr/140

EP1231: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Primrose Matter, Part Five and Manhunt: The Surgery Slaying

Bob Bailey

Johnny has to rescue the daughter of an elderly couple that have been forced to hide the last survivor of the $100,000 robbery.

Original Air Date: October 12, 1956

A key witness is murdered  when the lights go out in an operating room.

Original Air Date: April 1, 1944

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