Craven Danger

Craven Danger - the Gumshoe Tales

A Boris Buttinski Christmas

Gather ‘round kiddies, ‘cause I got a story I wanna tell ya. Rudy the red-nosed reindeer, had a very shiny nose, see? And if ya ever saw it, you would even say it glowed
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A Case of the Booze - A Craven Danger Mystery

Had to run this this tale over with a steamroller and get some of the wrinkles out.
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A Case of the Booze II - A Craven Danger Mystery

Note: I had the broom out anyway, so I decided to do some sweeping. Rich
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A Close Shave - Part 1 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Betty Fletcher climbed the stairs to the second floor office and heard the jangling of the telephone. She unlocked the door and hung her coat on the rack.
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A Close Shave - Part 10 - A Craven Danger Mystery

This young lady is Betty Fletcher,” said Mrs. Danger. “She’s Craven’s assistant. “You intoxicate me with your fragrance,” said Thelma. “What is it you’re wearing?”
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A Close Shave - Part 11 - A Craven Danger Mystery

All was dark in the paddy wagon as it sped its way to the police station.
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A Close Shave - Part 12 - A Conclusion - A Craven Danger Mystery

Betty, Thelma and the Danger family were led into the courtroom, where a matron ushered them to a front row pew.
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A Close Shave - Part 2 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Craven Danger sat in the barber’s chair and did what he always did when he got his haircut. Closed his eyes and hoped for the best.

A Close Shave - Part 3 - A Craven Danger Mystery

In a neat little cape cod house in the Bronx there dwell many Dangers. Mollie Danger put the kettle on to boil and sat at the breakfast table to face the morning weather.

A Close Shave - Part 4 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Craven Danger dialed Betty Fletcher’s home number for a third time. This time she answered the phone. “Oh, good” said Craven. “You’re back. I been tryin’ ta call ya for an hour.”
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A Close Shave - Part 5 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Sidney Green pulled up to the curb and waited for Betty Fletcher and Craven Danger. FDR, the old German Shepard, sat next to him in the front seat.
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A Close Shave - Part 6 - A Craven Danger Mystery

“How many times I gotta tell ya?” said Betty. “Ya brother’s not gonna be there. I called ya mother an’ she told me so. Now get in the cab before I take my cookie back.”
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A Close Shave - Part 7 - A Craven Danger Mystery

“Craven!” said Mollie Danger. “Hi, ya, Ma!” said Craven.
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A Close Shave - Part 8 - A Craven Danger Mystery

A bowl of Autumn colored mums sat on the white table cloth, surrounded by four place settings set in front of four hungry people.

A Close Shave - Part 9 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Thelma Theodoracopulos was not enjoying the company of the man who came by for one of her special readings.
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A Coney Island Saturday with Sidney Green

Betty sat in the back of Sidney Green’s taxi and poured out a glass of iced tea. ”Here ya go,” said Betty.
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A Sucker Seduced - A Craven Danger Mystery

“Good mornin’!” said Betty Fletcher into the receiver. "Craven Danger, private detective. Betty speaking. How may I help ya.”
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A Sucker Seduced - Part IX - A Craven Danger Mystery

Getting hungry, and having lost her patience waiting for Mr. Worthington, Betty Fletcher went off in search of Sidney Green.
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A Sucker Seduced - Part X - A Conclusion - A Craven Danger Mystery

Betty Fletcher tossed a Christmas snow globe from one hand to the next before deciding to give it a prominent place on a short stack of Movie Star magazines.
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A Sucker Seduced - Part II - A Craven Danger Mystery

Just Hoovered a little bit of this, and a little bit of that.
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A Sucker Seduced - Part IV - A Craven Danger Mystery

Jonathan T. Winthrop was an old hound dog whose bark had long been laid to rest. But he still had some of his wits about him.
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A Sucker Seduced - Part V - A Craven Danger Mystery

“Pull over, Sidney,” said Betty. “I think this is it.” “I hope so, Miss,” said Sidney. “My hemorrhoids doth protest too much, methinks.” “They doth?” said Betty.
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A Sucker Seduced - Part VI - A Craven Danger Mystery

“But what about Mr. Worthington in the elevator shaft?” said Betty.

A Sucker Seduced - Part VII - A Craven Danger Mystery

An edited version. Wherein Miss Tanner changes her tone. She was being much too nice.
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A Sucker Seduced - Part VIII - A Craven Danger Mystery

Sidney Green sat in the Worthington kitchen enjoying his inflated donut and coffee.
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A Touch of Lavender - Part 10 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Herbert Sampson accepted the flowers from the delivery girl and glanced over at Craven Danger, who was seated in the passenger seat of her truck. “That your boyfriend?”
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A Touch of Lavender - Part 11 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Craven Danger sat sipping his root beer as Betty walked into the coffee shop. He hadn’t noticed her come in. But Betty noticed plenty.
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A Touch of Lavender - Part 12 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Betty Fletcher settled herself in the back of the cab, then suddenly turned and planted a firm one on Craven’s chin.
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A Touch of Lavender - Part 3 - A Craven Danger Mystery

There is a locker at Grand Central Terminal. In it are the belongings of Hortense Rosenthal. Philanthropist. Philosopher.
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A Touch of Lavender - Part 4 - A Craven Danger Mystery

“Hop in, Mr. Danger,” said Sidney Green. “Grand Central Station here we come. You goin’ on a little trip? Helluva time to be goin’ anywhere’s. Rainin’ pins and needles out there.”

A Touch of Lavender - Part 5 - A Craven Danger Mystery

This is an edited version. I had to chisel a few hundred words off this beast. I made the mistake of thinking I was actually writing a mystery and not the nonsense I had intended.
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A Touch of Lavender - Part 7 - A Craven Danger Mystery

“Tickets!” said the conductor. “Have your tickets ready!” Damn, thought Craven Danger. What did I do with that ticket? “Ticket, sir.”
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A Touch of Lavender - Part 8 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Betty Fletcher sat in the back of Sidney Green’s taxi and rolled down the window. “I love this fall weather, Sidney,” said Betty. ”It‘s so simulatin‘.”
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A Touch of Lavender - Part 14 - A Craven Danger Mystery

“I’m feelin’ a draft under this sheet,” said Sidney. “Well, who told you to take off your pants?” said Craven.
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A Touch of Lavender - Part 15 - A Craven Danger Mystery

In through the back door, and into kitchen, crept three sleuthing ghosts. Hell bent on justice.
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A Touch of Lavender - Part 16 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Herbert Sampson soaked in a tub of lavender oil. Dead as the autumn leaves that skidded across his front lawn. Only he didn’t know it yet.
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A Touch of Lavender - Part 17- A Conclusion - A Craven Danger Mystery

“Geez, Sidney,” said Betty, “when’s the last time you washed those shorts?”
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A Touch of Lavender - Part 2 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Betty Fletcher tried to shake Craven Danger awake. But he was having none of it. So she grabbed a blanket and pillow from the coat closet and made him comfortable on the office sofa.
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A Touch of Lavender - Part 6 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Betty Fletcher sat at her desk and flicked the switch on her intercom. “Mr. Danger?” ”Yes, Betty?”
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A Touch of Lavender - Part 9 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Herbert Sampson looked like a man who had never known a hug. When he answered the door for the delivery girl it was all he could do to say thank you, much less reach into his pocket for a tip.
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A Walk Down the Aisle - Part 1 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Betty fletcher flipped the switch on the intercom. “Mr. Danger,” said Betty. “Ya got a minute?”
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A Walk Down the Aisle - Part 2 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Craven Danger knew he was having that dream again. That dream where Betty fletcher becomes his bride. But in past dreams it was always he who was doing the proposing.
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A Walk Down the Aisle - Part 3 - A Craven Danger Mystery

The naked man on the ledge reached his hand out to Craven Danger. “Please?” he said. “Hand over the pants. This is getting embarrassing.”
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A Walk Down the Aisle - Part 4 - A Craven Danger Mystery

In 1942, when Betty Fletcher was in high school, she fell hard for a boy named Jeffrey Drucker. “It’s been a long time, Betty,” said Jeffrey. “You look great.”
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A Walk Down the Aisle - Part 5 - A Craven Danger Mystery

The back of Sidney’s cab was silent as he made his way through Central Park. Without a word, Sidney passed a Thermos of coffee and two Paper cups back to Betty. “Thanks,” said Betty.
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A Word to the Wiseguy - Part 2 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Betty Fletcher buckled Craven into his seat. “Just calm down, Mr. Danger,” said Betty. “Why didn’t ya tell me ya never flew in a plane before?”

A Word to the Wiseguy - Part 1 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Betty Fletcher flipped the switch on her intercom. “Mr. Danger?” “Yeah, Betty?”
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A Word to the Wiseguy - Part 10 - A Craven Danger Mystery

The hypnotist asked the participants on stage if they would close their eyes and think of a favorite childhood pastime.
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A Word to the Wiseguy - Part 11 - A Craven Danger Mystery

The girl in the fruit salad hat then held tight to her pineapple. It was the only thing that remained in her horn of plenty bonnet.

A Word to the Wiseguy - Part 3 - A Craven Danger Mystery

In their room at the Tropical Splendor hotel, Boris Jones stared at himself in the bathroom mirror. “Mother of mercy!” said Boris. “Is this the end of Rico!”

A Word to the Wiseguy - Part 4 - A Craven Danger Mystery

“Nice tie,” said Boris. The four vacationers sat around a pool-side table at Tropical Splendor’s Sandy Shore dining room.
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A Word to the Wiseguy - Part 5 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Betty and Judy had coffee on the terrace outside of Betty Fletcher’s hotel room. “That was some left hook you throw at Danger last night,” said Judy.
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A Word to the Wiseguy - Part 6 - A Craven Danger Mystery

When Craven Danger stepped onto the terrace of his hotel room he noticed his pants flying away. Then he saw the bird.
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A Word to the Wiseguy - Part 7 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Craven Danger hopped into the backseat of Sidney Green’s taxi, and squeezed in between Betty and Judy, neither of whom would give up their window seat. “We get car sick,” said Betty.

A Word to the Wiseguy - Part 8 - A Craven Danger Mystery

In the trunk of a yellow Mercedes convertible coupe there slept a man who should have minded his own business.

A Word to the Wisguy - Part 12 - A Conclusion - A Craven Danger Mystery

By the time our heroes came across the yellow Mercedes convertible parked at the pier, Boris Buttinski was out of the trunk and heading to the end of the pier.
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Betty and Grumbles - Part One of Three - A Craven Danger Mystery

I now decided It has to be part one of three, not two. I don't know who's more clueless. Me or Craven.

Betty and Grumbles - Part Two of Three - A Craven Danger Mystery.

Soon after his meeting with Max Fritter, Craven Danger stepped out of his office to tell Betty they were going to Coney Island in search of Reuben Stuttered, the singing guitar player.

Craven Danger - True Detective

“Betty?” said Craven into the intercom. Betty flipped the answer switch and paused.
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Craven Danger at the Crossroads - Part Four - A Conclusion

“Please have a seat, Mr. Danger,” said principle Starch. Craven Danger took a look at the paddle hanging over the bookcase and winced.

Craven Danger at the Crossroads - Part One

“Please have a seat, Mr. Danger,” said the woman. “Thanks,” said Craven. “This is all so new ta me. I’m a little bit nervous."

Craven Danger at the Crossroads - Part Three

“Aren’t you a little old to be sent to the principle’s office?” said the little girl. “It wasn’t my fault,” said Craven. “It was that Billy Munson, the little bully!”
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Craven Danger at the Crossroads - Part Two

“All you have to do,” said the school attendant at St. Ignatius elementary school, “is to make sure no student gets run over. It’s simple. This is your stop sign and this is your whistle.
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Craven Danger Gets Knocked by Wood

Betty ran across the hall to Maxwell Fritter’s talent agency to get some ice for Craven Danger. Max was a man who liked to keep plenty of ice on hand. Not for drinks, though.

Craven Danger on the Rocks

“The usual, Mr. Danger?” said the bartender. “Yeah,” said Craven. “The usual. And don’t forget to load ‘er up this time.” “Comin' right up.”
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Craven Danger on the Run - Part Five

(A slight edit.) Craven Danger took aim and fired. “Hold still,” said Betty. “Don’t move a muscle. I see what your problem is, Mr. Danger.”
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Craven Danger on the Run - Part Four

Driving his cab across the George Washington bridge into New Jersey, Sidney Green kept one eye on the road and one eye on FDR, his German Shepard.
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Craven Danger on the Run - Part Seven - A Conclusion - Of Sorts

The chauffeur got out of the driver’s seat of the long black limo, opened the rear passenger door, and out stepped Randolph Rockport.

Craven Danger on the Run - Part Six

Had to pull this story in for spelling without a license. Won't I never leern?
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Craven Danger on the Run - Part Three

“I make ya feel insecure, inadequate and inferior?” said Betty. “I gotta tell ya, Mr. Danger, and please don’t take this too personal.

Craven Danger on the Run - Part Two

“So let me get this straight,” said Dr. Retch.
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Craven Danger on the Run- Part One

Craven Danger dodged one bullet. Than another. He ducked into a dark alley, turned on his heels and fired his weapon. Click! Click! Click!

Danger vs. Danger - The Betty Chronicles

“What are you doin’?” said Craven. “What does it look like I’m doing?” said the man. “You’re scraping my name off the door.”
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Jelly Donuts and Drunken Ducks - A Craven Danger Mystery

“Did you find anything in the classifieds, George?” “I did, Helen.” said her husband. “And I think we may have found our man. It says here, Craven Danger, Private Detective

Laugh, Clown, Laugh - The Betty Chronicles

How to sweep away some errors in this sordid tale.
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On the Good Ship Sharone - A Craven Danger Mystery

Don't mind me. I'm doing a little sweeping up of the ship.
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On the Good Ship Sharone II - A Craven Danger Mystery

For the first time in three years, Craven Danger stepped out through the front door of his office building without having to duck a hail storm of loose furniture and verbal abuse.
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Smelly Shorts - A Craven Danger Mystery

Craven Danger sat at his desk and pressed the button on his intercom. “Betty?” said Craven. “Yes, Mr. Danger?” said his secretary. “Where’s my bottle of scotch?”
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The Case of Fruit - A Craven Danger Mystery

Betty Fletcher had a lot on her mind. She was taking a night-course in math and was sitting at her desk studying for an exam. ”Mr. Danger,” she said over the intercom.

The Punch Line - The Betty Chronicles

Betty Danger flipped the switch on the intercom and told Craven Danger a joke. Craven Danger took a long sip of his coffee, and put the fly swatter down.
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The Singing Santa - Part 1 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Craven Danger flicked the switch on his intercom. “Betty?” “Yeah, Mr. Danger?” “I’m bored,” said Craven.
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The Singing Santa - Part 2 - A Craven Danger Mystery

“Mr. Danger!” said Betty. “I got ya a job! And ya don’t gotta solve a thing. All ya gotta do is sing, just like ya do in the office when ya think no one’s listening.”

The Singing Santa - Part 3 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Betty Fletcher climbed into the front seat of Sidney Green’s cab. “Hi ya, Sidney,” said Betty. “Where’s FDR?”

The Singing Santa - Part 4 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Craven Danger took a seat on the number six downtown train and fiddled with his ukulele. “Are you gonna sing to your reindeer?” said a little girl sitting opposite.

The Singing Santa - Part 5 - A Craven Danger Mystery

Betty Fletcher and Sidney Green stood at the foot of the Empire State Building and gazed up. “Ya think a big monkey could really climb this thing,” said Betty.
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The Singing Santa - Part 6 - A Conclusion - A Craven Danger Mystery

Craven Danger took a corner seat near the band stand and waited. “Just cool your heels right here, daddy-o," said the bandleader. “You’ll be on during our breaks.”
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True Confessions - A Craven Danger Mystery

Betty Fletcher leaned forward and pushed the button on her intercom. “Mr. Danger?” said Betty. “Yes?” said Craven Danger. “Would you come into my office, please.”

A Case of the Frights - A Craven Danger Mystery

Betty Danger placed her witches hat on the desk and flipped the switch on the intercom. “I didn’t mean ta scare ya, Mr. Danger,” said Betty. “Honest...
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Gone Before His Time - A Craven Danger Mystery

The elevated train came to a screeching halt above me. I bounded up the stairs three steps at a time. When I reached the top step I drew my weapon...
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King Kong For a Day - A Craven Danger Mystery

The great detective lifted the fiery red-head off her feet and carried her every step of the way to the top of the Empire State Building. “One step...
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Diamonds and Jelly Beans - A Craven Danger Mystery

The taxi careened down Fifth Avenue at break-neck speed; running red light after red light as the terrified holiday shoppers screamed and scattered...
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Sidney Takes Leicester Square - Part 1 - A Craven Danger Mystery

The talkative taxi driver cruised through Times Square. It was a Saturday night. A good night for fares. People were drunk and care-free. Drunk with...
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Sidney Takes Leicester Square - Part Two - A Craven Danger Mystery

“But I’ll tell ya about London first. That was the fun part of the war. The rest I’d rather not talk about. Leicester Square. Now that’s something to...
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Sidney Takes Leicester Square - Part 3 and Conclusion - A Craven Danger Mystery

“We no sooner hit the dance floor when I lose one of my shoes. And wouldn’t you know it had to be the good one. Well, there was so many jitter-...
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Poem of the week

Was the Night Before Christmas, See?

It was the night before Christmas, see? When all thru da flat Not a critter was fussin’ Not one smelly cat The socks wit’ da holes, was nailed ta da...
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Santa Betty - A Craven Danger Mystery

The December night was cold and snowy as the street-corner Santa’s stood watch over their collection buckets and wished the bustling passersby a...
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Phooey On Sunshine and Daisies - A Craven Danger Mystery

Hello. My name is Craven Danger. And I'm a detective. But I'm clueless when it comes to love. What's it all mean, anyway? Betty says the whole...
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Black and White - A Craven Danger Mystery

Craven Danger flipped the switch on his intercom. "Betty?" "Yeah, Mr. Danger?" "Didn't I ask you to bring me the newspaper?" "I seem ta remember ya...
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The Bag of Dishes - A Craven Danger Mystery

“Hey, mister!” Craven Danger spun around on his heels and looked down at the street urchin. “What do want, kid. I’m in a hurry.” “Ya clumsy oaf! Ya...
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Read All About It! - A Craven Danger Mystery

"Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Get ya mornin’ paper here!” “Read all about what?” said Craven Danger. The newspaper boy eyed the private detective...

Was the Night Before Christmas, See? - The Video - a re-post from last year

This is a re-post from last Christmas. I thought I'd try to spread a little cheer this season. Wishing you all nothing but the most wonderful things...

I Forgot All About That - A Craven Danger Mystery

A special thanks to Stan for challenging me to write a parody of the Lerner and Loewe song I Remember It Well from Gigi. I Forgot All About That...
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The Scrambled Eggplant - A Craven Danger Mystery

“Who ain't got a sense of humor?" said Craven Danger. "I got more senses of humor than a flop house got booze hounds." "Ya gotta sense a humor like...
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The Summer I Lost My Nerve IP - A Craven Danger Mystery

How I get myself into these jams I’ll never know. But there I was, sittin’ on the Cyclone at Coney Island with Betty. She says I ain’t got the nerve...
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The Short and Sweet of Craven and Betty - One

"How many times do I have to tell ya, Betty? Ain't ain't a word." "Sorry, Mr. Danger. Let me repeat myself at the risk of soundin' de ja viewic." "De...

The Craven Danger Radio Hour Video - Part One - The Biggest Gun

Thought I'd take a stab at bringing Craven to life. http://youtu.be/3IGnMydJQDk The Craven Danger Radio Hour In Under Five Minutes D Craven Danger,...
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The Craven Danger Radio Hour Video - Part Two _ The Biggest Gun Goes British

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-3qnZnuoWo The Craven Danger Radio Hour In Under Five Minutes D Craven Danger, where are you? G I’m in trouble D Won...
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Java Jive with Craven Danger

"Hey, brother, can ya spare a dime? I'm a little down on my luck." "Let's see," said Craven. "How about a buffalo-head nickel and two Indian-head...
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Hortense and Manny - Part One - A Craven Danger Mystery

"Where ya off to, Mr. Danger?" "I'll be back in two shakes of a lion's tail, Betty." "You better not be messin' with that new private detective Manny...
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Hortense and Manny - Part Two - A Craven Danger Mystery

Craven Danger flipped the switch on his intercom. “I know I’m no brainiac, Betty, but--” “And no one’s ever gonna accuse ya, neither, Mr. Danger. Not...
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Hortense and Manny - Part Three - A Craven Danger Mystery

Craven Danger put his hat over his face and plopped down on the second floor landing of the building housing the offices of Manny Moreso, private...

The Last-Time Letter with Song - A Craven Danger Mystery

Dear Betty, This is the last time I write you a last-time letter tellin' you the things I just can't say to your pretty kisser. Because the last time...
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In the Dark Again - A Craven Danger Mystery

Betty Felcher flipped the switch on the office intercom. "Mr. Danger?" "Yeah, Betty, what is it?" "What kinda name is Craven? Sounds depraved." "Well...
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Me Ol' China Joe - Part One - A Craven Danger Mystery

London, 1 September 1948 Sidney Green pulled his cab up to the curb and honked the horn. "You mind tellin' me again why we hadda haul this cab all...
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Me Ol' China Joe - Part Two - A Craven Danger Mystery

London, 1 September 1948 At The Hangman’s Noose on the Thames, Craven Danger hung his head over the railing and lost his morning breakfast in the...
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Me Ol' China Joe - Part Three of Three - A Craven Danger Mystery

London, 1 September 1948 At the Hangman's Noose on the Thames Betty took in the view from her table overlooking the river. I give Mr. Danger five...

A Halloween Kiss - A Craven Danger Mystery

As soon as his hair calmed down, Craven Danger took aim and fired another round. Fortunately, his aim was its usual pointless self, and his intended...
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A Craven Christmas

Carefree snowflakes swirled around the bustling throng of holiday shoppers outside Macy’s department store. “Hey, Betty. How do we know that guy in...
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Sunday in the Park with Craven

Sunday in the Park with Craven Central Park A Sunny day in April, 1948 “Step right up! Get your red hot poems here! Only two bits a piece! I write ‘...
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The Scrambled Detective - A Craven Danger Mystery

The Scrambled Detective All my life has been a silly dream with a lousy pay day and plenty of days off. Maybe I wasn’t born to be a detective at all...
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A Case of the Glums - A Craven Danger Mystery

“Feelin’ any better yet, Mr. Danger?” “Nah, Betty, I still got a case a the glums. It’s enough ta make a guy wonder why he was ever put on this...
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Father Mulrooney - A Craven Danger Mystery

“Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. My last confession was—” “Yeah, I know, Craven. It was twenty minutes ago. I ain’t even had a chance to wipe...

Besotted - A Craven Danger Mystery

“What else besides, ‘He died on Tuesday, and good riddance,’ would you like to put in this obituary before it goes to the printer? Seems like it’s...
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A Wiseguy Christmas - A Craven Danger Mystery

"Shine, mister?" "Ain't you a little young to be pullin' down a day job?" said Craven Danger. "Shouldn't you be in school dunkin' some little sweetie...
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Take Me Out of the Ball Game - A Craven Danger Mystery

April 6, 1946 “Strike Three! Yer out!” “What! Are ya blind?” said Craven Danger. “That ball was so far inside I thought it was tryin’ ta kiss me!”...
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Take Me Out of the Ballgame II - A Craven Danger Mystery

Big Ben Bronski of Hell’s Kitchen stood in the batters box, listening to the taunts of the sparkling firecracker in the stands. He pointed his bat at...
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Hot Diggity Dog! A Craven Danger Mystery

“Please to bask in the glory of my extraordinary efforts, my friend!” “What the heck is that guy in a sweat about, Betty?” “He wants you to buy one...
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Junior G-Man - A Craven Danger Mystery

Craven Danger raised his rolled up newspaper and gave the desk a mighty whack. “I hate spiders!” “Well, let me tell ya somethin’,” said Betty, “he...
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The Grave Digger - A Craven Danger Mystery

Here comes that gravedigger again. Look at him. Positively drooling to break ground and put another notch on that old garrison belt of his. Singing...
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Mustard Stains and Pigeon Poop - A Craven Danger Mystery

“Thank you,” said Craven Danger. Betty flipped the switch on her intercom. “Who ya thankin’ in there, Mr. Danger? Ain’t nobody in the office but us...
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Hang On To Your Fedora - A Craven Danger Mystery

“Lose the fedora,” said the big boss at the warehouse. “Night watchmen don’t wear no fedoras.” “But I ain’t myself without my fedora.” “And you ain’t...
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Craven Gets Stooled - A Craven Danger Mystery

“Hey, mister!“ said the boy. ”I was just gonna buy that!” Private investigator Craven Danger pulled the comic book closer to his nose and avoided eye...
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Benny the Lout - A Craven Danger Mystery

Betty watched as Benny the Lout slouched over Craven Danger’s desk and hurled abuse at the private investigator. “Look here, powder puff!” said Benny...
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White Fedora - A Craven Danger Mystery

Lucy Drake sat across from Craven Danger and lit a cigarette. “Ashtray?” “Receptacle!” said Craven. “What?” said Mrs. Drake. “Sorry, ma’am. I thought...
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Story of the week

The Nutty Detective - Part I - A Craven Danger Mystery

Private investigator Craven Danger sniffed the air in his office, made a face, then stepped out into the hallway. “What’s that smell?” “I‘m mopping...
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The Nutty Detective - Part II - A Craven Danger Mystery

Betty Felcher flipped the switch on her intercom. “Mr. Danger?” Craven Danger took a bite of his toasted corn muffin and sat back in his chair. “Mr...
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The Nutty Detective - Part III - A Craven Danger Mystery

“Mornin’, Betty. Sorry I’m late with the coffee. But I got to thinkin’ about yesterday and how I shouldn’t have thrown them Baker Street Irritaters...
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The Nutty Detective IV - Craven's Moriarty Complex - A Craven Danger Mystery

“Hey, Betty. What’s this letter doin’ on my desk?” “Is it movin’?” “No.” “Than it ain’t doin’ nothin’.” If I wanted to listen ta wisecracks, thought...
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The Nutty Detective V - Craven's Moriarty Complex - A Craven Danger Mystery

Betty, where the heck is Sidney? You said he’d give us a ride to the bowlin’ alley? And now it’s rainin’ all over my fedora!” “Stop grumblin’, Mr...
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The Nutty Detective VI - the Moriarty Complex - A Craven Danger Mystery

Meanwhile, at the asylum. . . “As I see it,” said Holmes. “All I need do is wiggle my way down the drainpipe and freedom is mine for the taking!” “...
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Moonlight on the Hudson - A Craven Danger Mystery

“Where the blue of the night, meets the gold of the day, someone waits for me. . .” “Mr. Danger?” “Yeah, Betty?” “When you get done torturing the...
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Craven Gets Stooled- Repost with Audio

https://soundcloud.com/hudsonmoon/craven-gets-stooled “Hey, mister!“ said the boy. ”I was just gonna buy that!” Private investigator Craven Danger...
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At the Butcher Shop - A Craven Danger Mystery

“You sure you didn’t have your thumb on that scale when you were doing the weighing?” said Craven. “Because that pound a baloney is looking an awful...
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Craven Gets Bugged - A Craven Danger Mystery

“How can I help you?” said Craven Danger. The gentleman sitting across from Craven, squirmed in his seat and spat a dirty word across the desk. “...
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The Sloucher - A Craven Danger Mystery

“Hey, Mr. Danger. Please! I need you to save me!” Little Joey Gains scooted under Craven Danger’s desk, locking himself in the fetal position. “Save...