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Prime Stage Mystery Theatre:
“What’s the alternative to looking?”

March 5th, 2021

The image at left is from the recently restored film Sherlock Holmes (1916), starring William Gillette in the first-ever screen portrayal of the master sleuth. The film is currently streaming on Apple TV.

There’s more than one way to find a missing person, but could you do it without actually looking? This week’s episode of Mystery Theatre invites you to consider not one but two prompts that could lead to solving the mystery:

“What is the alternative to looking?”

“What does one do when one doesn’t see?”

Those questions may sound like zen koans, but if you consider the details presented in “The Play’s the Thing” (the latest installment of Prime Stage Mystery Theatre) you might find the answer is entirely practical. And if you know that answer … or if you have a general suggestion about how to find lost things without running in circles, send us your thoughts via PrimeStage.com/contact. (You can also reach out by clicking either the email or Facebook icon in the upper right corner of this webpage).

Prime Stage Mystery Theatre is available just about anywhere you get your podcasts, including AppleAudibleDeezerLibsyn, and Spotify. Check it out … and if you like what you hear, please remember to rate, follow, and tell your friends about the show. Doing so increases our visibility and helps bring new eyes and ears to Prime Stage’s virtual season.

And in the end, you might just find that listening is a good alternative to looking.

I’ll meet you there!

Countdown to Mystery: Locked Doors

September 30th, 2020

A woman enters a room. Closes the door. Then, from inside, a voice cries “Murder!” When her father breaks down the door, he finds her bleeding on the floor. She is alone. The windows are barred. There is no other exit. Yet the perpetrator is gone!

And so begins The Mystery of the Yellow Room (Le mystère de la chambre jaune) by Gaston Leroux (1908), a novel considered by many to be one of the greatest locked-door mysteries of all time.

Over the years, some of mystery’s greatest writers have tried their hand at the subgenre, each attempting to outdo those who went before. Consider, for example, this locked-door scenario from the back cover of the 1983 Signet reprint of Ellery Queen’s The Chinese Orange Mystery (1934):

No one had seen the fat man enter the luxurious suite; no one knew his name. All his clothes were on him backward, and all the furniture around him was reversed. The room […] was locked from the inside, and aside from him, was empty. [And now …] the man was dead.

How can you not want to read that one? And if you’re a writer, how could you not want to play in that sandbox?

In this series of posts, I’ve been recommending mysteries that feature elements you’ll find tomorrow should you accept Prime Time Theatre’s invitation to join me for the first installment of A Knavish Piece of Mystery. The story features an eccentric detective in the mold of St. John Lord Merridew (Sleuth) and Hercule Poirot (Murder on the Orient Express); a sidekick who complements the qualities of that detective (Zero Effect), an ensemble cast (The Last of Shelia, Murder on the Orient Express), a writer who blurs the lines between life and fiction (Sleuth) and a locked-room puzzle (The Mystery of the Yellow Room, The Chinese Orange Mystery). The fun starts tomorrow at Noon. I hope you’ll join us then … or any time during the days that follow.

That’s one of the nice things about podcast theatre. You can attend at your convenience. Here’s the link.

In the meantime, click the link below to view a 1931 adaptation of the locked-door mystery The Speckled Band, based on a Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyal. It stars Raymond Massey (in his first starring role as a film actor) as the master sleuth and Athole Steward as his sidekick Dr. Watson.

Enjoy, then stop back tomorrow as we unlock the door to A Knavish Piece of Mystery.

I’ll Meet You in the Gaslight

December 9th, 2011

If you missed the Bitten By Books event last week, you can still access highlights at The Gaslight Gallery, a new blog sponsored by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing.

The blog features some of the best responses offered during the Bitten By Books event as well as new answers to some intriguing questions.

Drop by, read the interviews, post a comment. I’ll hope to see you in the gaslight.

New Trailer for Gaslight Arcanum

November 21st, 2011

The good people at Edge did a terrific job on this new trailer for Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes

The trailer features a catchy soundtrack, illustrations from the book, and photos of the authors. Great stuff!

Related news, on November 30, the website Bitten By Books will be hosting a 24-hour interview session with many of the Gaslight Arcanum authors. It’ll be a great chance to meet the writers, pose questions, and learn about this third Gaslight book edited by J. R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec.

More information is available at the Bitten By Books website. 

I’ll hope to see you there!