this is the 97th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books
The Mother Goose Murders by Walter Gibson, Copyright 1946 by Street & Smith Publications, Doubleday Crime Club. 1st printing 1979 hardcover, Approx. 5 3/4″ by 8 1/2″ hardback, mystery featuring The Shadow
I posted the first half of this two novel book, this one combined with Crime Over Casco in a single volume, on September 13, 2012. Here’s the second half. The dust jacket illustration by Tim Lewis isn’t particularly inspired. There’s another cover for this book that I prefer, below.
The Mother Goose Murders involves The Shadow in a deadly plot using passages from Mother Goose rhymes to signal crimes and murder. Diane Marlowe is fumbling for change to pay the taxi driver when a man rushes out of a shop and jumps into the cab, telling the driver to step on it. The man is a robber and the witnesses assume Diane is his accomplice, holding the cab for him as a getaway car. Thus through no fault of her own she is a hunted criminal, and running scared.
Lucky for her The Shadow has discovered the truth, soon catches up with the pair of them and rescues Diane, in the process recovering a rhyme for Mother Goose, which turns out to be a clue to the robbery.
Diane tries to figure out what’s going on and gets into another scrape, and is again rescued by The Shadow. Again, there is a crime and a Mother Goose rhyme. This pattern is repeated several more times before the solution is reached, no thanks to the girl’s lack of wits and her repeatedly stumbling into danger, compounded by a mix ip with a corsage and two more attempted murders.
This one is a pretty good, though not great, Shadow story. It’s short and fun. I’d say it’s typical Shadow fare, which isn’t a bad thing.
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