Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 22 – The Abbotts

Claudia Morgan as Jean Abbott

In 1941, authoress Frances Crane wrote a mystery called “The Turquoise Shop.” In the course of the novel, private investigator, Patrick Abbott, enters the shop of Jean Holly. By the end of the novel the two had fallen in love. In future books involving the couple, they married and continued to solve crimes encountered as part of the plot.

In 1945, the novels found radio. Abbott Mysteries debuted in June of that year over the Mutual network. Jean Abbott, who had a primary position in the novels was moved to second class in the radio plays. Unfortunately, no copies of the first series run have surfaced. In January, 1955, “The Adventures of the Abbotts” premiered over the NBC network. Claudia Morgan played Jean in the second series.

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