Mystery (1949 - 51)
Brett Halliday as
the second host,
circa 1940Masters of Mystery John Dickson Carr (author of Cabin B-13) and Brett Halliday among others hosted Murder by Expect. They were some of the top writers in the history of mystery and the show exhibits some of the best mystery writing known on radio. The show's success is based largely on it expert writing, rather than empty star talent.
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John Dickson Carr is best known for writing complicated
plot twists and plenty of gore. He preferred not to write in a genteel
style, but rather choose a sensational style with a smart plot design.
He had a flare for supernatural settings and even some slapstick comedy when appropriate. His books sold over millions of copies
worldwide and in 17 different languages.
Davis Dresser worked under the name Brett Halliday.
He lost one of his eyes in barbed wire while growing up in Texas
and wore an eye patch for the remainder of his life. His best-known
work featured the private detective Michael Shayne and Halliday
was equally as prolific as Carr.
This is one of the best mystery shows available
and will add much enjoyment to any mystery collection.