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5 Minute Mysteries

Five Minute Mysteries were a popular series of puzzlers which got the listeners thinking not only about the mini-mystery, but the products and services pitched by the local sponsors.

47 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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4 Audio CDs


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"Too Early Bird"



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Extremely short mystery plots.

Five MinutesFive 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.

Old Time Radio RedThe 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.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    47 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 3 hours, 54 min
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      47 shows - total playtime 3 hours 54 minutes
      1. 5MM 000 Carnival Murder.mp3
      2. 5MM 001 My Pal Patsy.mp3
      3. 5MM 002 Death Calls At Dinn.mp3
      4. 5MM 003 Blood Brothers.mp3
      5. 5MM 004 Best Laid Plans.mp3
      6. 5MM 005 Three Scarl Letters.mp3
      7. 5MM 006 Murder Diamond Row.mp3
      8. 5MM 007 No Leg To Stand On.mp3
      9. 5MM 008 Missing Ruby.mp3
      10. 5MM 009 Command Performance.mp3
      11. 5MM 010 Death In A Turkish.mp3
      12. 5MM 011 Book Case.mp3
      13. 5MM 012 Case of Oversight.mp3
      14. 5MM 043 Radium Murder Case.mp3
      15. 5MM 044 Methodical to a Fau.mp3
      16. 5MM 045 Squealing Gearshift.mp3
      17. 5MM 046 Announcers Delight.mp3
      18. 5MM 047 Carnival Murder.mp3
      19. 5MM 048 Man in Back Seat.mp3
      20. 5MM 049 Return Mr. Lawrence.mp3
      21. 5MM 050 Collectors Item.mp3
      22. 5MM 051 Broken Wheel.mp3
      23. 5MM 052 Misfit Clue.mp3
      24. 5MM 053 Murder Sounds Alarm.mp3
      25. 5MM 054 Marks of Death.mp3
      26. 5MM 064 The Masquerade.mp3
      27. 5MM 065 The Weapon.mp3
      28. 5MM 066 The Needle.mp3
      29. 5MM 067 Scientific Clue.mp3
      30. 5MM 068 Zombie.mp3
      31. 5MM 069 Snap Judgement.mp3
      32. 5MM 103 Too-Early Bird.mp3
      33. 5MM 104 Fine Art Of Murder.mp3
      34. 5MM 105 Murder If You Pleas.mp3
      35. 5MM 106 Murder In Blue.mp3
      36. 5MM 107 Spitting Revolver.mp3
      37. 5MM 108 Blood On My Hands.mp3
      38. 5MM 109 Broken Window.mp3
      39. 5MM 110 Alibi In Red.mp3
      40. 5MM 111 Murder in Cairo.mp3
      41. 5MM 113 Postman Didn't Ring.mp3
      42. 5MM 114 Clue In The Hand.mp3
      43. 5MM 121 Death At X Bar.mp3
      44. 5MM 122 Study in Ornotholog.mp3
      45. 5MM 124 Fishermans Clue.mp3
      46. 5MM 125 Trial By Fire.mp3
      47. 5MM 126 Murder Under Tent.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    47 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 3 hours, 54 min
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      47 shows - total playtime 3 hours 54 minutes
      1. 5MM 000 Carnival Murder.mp3
      2. 5MM 001 My Pal Patsy.mp3
      3. 5MM 002 Death Calls At Dinn.mp3
      4. 5MM 003 Blood Brothers.mp3
      5. 5MM 004 Best Laid Plans.mp3
      6. 5MM 005 Three Scarl Letters.mp3
      7. 5MM 006 Murder Diamond Row.mp3
      8. 5MM 007 No Leg To Stand On.mp3
      9. 5MM 008 Missing Ruby.mp3
      10. 5MM 009 Command Performance.mp3
      11. 5MM 010 Death In A Turkish.mp3
      12. 5MM 011 Book Case.mp3
      13. 5MM 012 Case of Oversight.mp3
      14. 5MM 043 Radium Murder Case.mp3
      15. 5MM 044 Methodical to a Fau.mp3
      16. 5MM 045 Squealing Gearshift.mp3
      17. 5MM 046 Announcers Delight.mp3
      18. 5MM 047 Carnival Murder.mp3
      19. 5MM 048 Man in Back Seat.mp3
      20. 5MM 049 Return Mr. Lawrence.mp3
      21. 5MM 050 Collectors Item.mp3
      22. 5MM 051 Broken Wheel.mp3
      23. 5MM 052 Misfit Clue.mp3
      24. 5MM 053 Murder Sounds Alarm.mp3
      25. 5MM 054 Marks of Death.mp3
      26. 5MM 064 The Masquerade.mp3
      27. 5MM 065 The Weapon.mp3
      28. 5MM 066 The Needle.mp3
      29. 5MM 067 Scientific Clue.mp3
      30. 5MM 068 Zombie.mp3
      31. 5MM 069 Snap Judgement.mp3
      32. 5MM 103 Too-Early Bird.mp3
      33. 5MM 104 Fine Art Of Murder.mp3
      34. 5MM 105 Murder If You Pleas.mp3
      35. 5MM 106 Murder In Blue.mp3
      36. 5MM 107 Spitting Revolver.mp3
      37. 5MM 108 Blood On My Hands.mp3
      38. 5MM 109 Broken Window.mp3
      39. 5MM 110 Alibi In Red.mp3
      40. 5MM 111 Murder in Cairo.mp3
      41. 5MM 113 Postman Didn't Ring.mp3
      42. 5MM 114 Clue In The Hand.mp3
      43. 5MM 121 Death At X Bar.mp3
      44. 5MM 122 Study in Ornotholog.mp3
      45. 5MM 124 Fishermans Clue.mp3
      46. 5MM 125 Trial By Fire.mp3
      47. 5MM 126 Murder Under Tent.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    47 recordings on 4 Audio CDs
    total playtime 3 hours, 54 min

    Disc A001

    1. 5MM 000 Carnival Murder
    2. 5MM 001 My Pal Patsy
    3. 5MM 002 Death Calls At Dinn
    4. 5MM 003 Blood Brothers
    5. 5MM 004 Best Laid Plans
    6. 5MM 005 Three Scarl Letters
    7. 5MM 006 Murder Diamond Row
    8. 5MM 007 No Leg To Stand On
    9. 5MM 008 Missing Ruby
    10. 5MM 009 Command Performance
    11. 5MM 010 Death In A Turkish
    12. 5MM 011 Book Case
    13. 5MM 012 Case of Oversight

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    Disc A002

    1. 5MM 043 Radium Murder Case
    2. 5MM 044 Methodical to a Fau
    3. 5MM 045 Squealing Gearshift
    4. 5MM 046 Announcers Delight
    5. 5MM 047 Carnival Murder
    6. 5MM 048 Man in Back Seat
    7. 5MM 049 Return Mr. Lawrence
    8. 5MM 050 Collectors Item
    9. 5MM 051 Broken Wheel
    10. 5MM 052 Misfit Clue
    11. 5MM 053 Murder Sounds Alarm
    12. 5MM 054 Marks of Death
    13. 5MM 064 The Masquerade
    14. 5MM 065 The Weapon

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    Disc A003

    1. 5MM 066 The Needle
    2. 5MM 067 Scientific Clue
    3. 5MM 068 Zombie
    4. 5MM 069 Snap Judgement
    5. 5MM 103 Too-Early Bird
    6. 5MM 104 Fine Art Of Murder
    7. 5MM 105 Murder If You Pleas
    8. 5MM 106 Murder In Blue
    9. 5MM 107 Spitting Revolver
    10. 5MM 108 Blood On My Hands
    11. 5MM 109 Broken Window
    12. 5MM 110 Alibi In Red
    13. 5MM 111 Murder in Cairo
    14. 5MM 113 Postman Didn't Ring

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    Disc A004

    1. 5MM 114 Clue In The Hand
    2. 5MM 121 Death At X Bar
    3. 5MM 122 Study in Ornotholog
    4. 5MM 124 Fishermans Clue
    5. 5MM 125 Trial By Fire
    6. 5MM 126 Murder Under Tent

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