Extremely short mystery plots.
Five Minute Mysteries were
produced and syndicated to individual local radio
stations as what is still known as a "barter/trade"
program. In other words, they were used to sell
advertising to local merchants or trade the advertising
announcements for goods, services or premiums such
as the prizes awarded to listeners in the radio
station's contests or promotions. To facilitate
personalizing the shows to the individuals stations
and insert the local ads, the producers inserted
musical interludes in the shows where time is left
for a local announcer to introduce the episode,
present the advertiser's message and wrap things
up with other local information.
The shows themselves are "mini"
mysteries. Similar to the Ellery Queen Mysteries,
you listen to the story, evaluate the clues, and
at the conclusion, you match wits with the sleuth
to correctly identify the suspect.
For other short programs, see also Strange Adventure, Incredible
But True, Ripley's
One Minute Shorts, Word Detective with Basil Rathbone, and Ellery
Queen Minute Mysteries.