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A patient with an overactive imagination at a hospital for the elderly asks Checkmate to investigate strange happenings at the facility, and a series of carefully planned "accidents" aimed at Anne Elliot, wealthy heiress and wife of the facility's director, Dr. Thomas Elliot, seems to corroborate her suspicions. In the investigation Don ends up as a patient himself after suffering an accident on the property. After his recovery his suspicions are aroused by what looks like more than a professional relationship between Dr. Elliot and the head nurse.moreless
Status-seeking retired contractor Ernie Venable gets Dr. Hyatt's seal of approval for a new security system, but that doesn't stop someone from throwing a poisonous snake on his property in an effort to scare him, or kill him. The Checkmate team must contend with Ernie's coarse manners while they try to keep from getting pneumonia from staying in his frigid home to find who's responsible and protect him from the snake.moreless
Checkmate gets the job of protecting recently-widowed, thrill-seeking Gloria Kenyon from her rich, vengeful mother-in-law, who believes Gloria arranged her son's death by parachute to collect his inheritance. The elder Mrs. Kenyon soon dies, but not before hiring someone to kill Gloria, an order which still stands.
Successful fashion designer Georgia Golden calls on Checkmate after attempts are made to ruin her business, and end her life. The suspects at first are her younger sister, whom Georgia raised and who's tired of listening to her, and a business rival who used to be Georgia's lover. The Checkmate team, however, may be barking up the wrong tree.moreless
Ballerina Janine Caree calls Checkmate, ostensibly for protection from a shadowy man with underworld connections who at first appears to be an obsessed fan. Don and Dr. Hyatt, however, have to leave for Seattle, so they refer her to a trusted friend and colleague. When the colleague and the shadowy man turn up dead, they are led on a trail of intrigue and murder that leads right where it began.moreless
A deaf mute schoolteacher runs to Don's apartment for protection from thugs after she lip-read a conversation they were having at a restaurant. She could make out only jumbled portions of it, but it was enough to make her a target for murder. Don stays at her side while Checkmate looks for her would-be assassins.moreless
Lee Tabor is a daring but claustrophobic big game hunter and friend of Dr. Hyatts, who asks his help in finding out who's trying to kill him. Dr. Hyatt and Jed fly to Tabor's castle in the jungles of Malaya where they expect one of the guests is the culprit . The guests include Lee's estranged wife, Kay, and his girlfriend, Mary Lou Keyes.moreless
Althea Todd has become the most reviled citizen of Jericho, California after writing a novel that aired some of the town's dirty laundry, including a twenty-year-old unsolved murder. Her life is endangered when she begins work on a sequel, so she hires Checkmate for protection.
A temperamental lady soprano, Lola Tuscany, has premonitions of her own death, and Checkmate is asked to help keep her safe. A series of publicity stunts, and Miss Tuscany's superstitious nature, leave the Checkmate team skeptical- until Don's car explodes just after he and Lola get out.
A woman claims her husband killed a male friend of hers and that she will be next, but her moody behavior, and her past as a psychiatric patient, make Don wonder if her story is legitimate. Don and Dr. Hyatt try a gambit to see who needs protection from whom.
Rock 'N' Roll star Buddy Robbins (played by 1950s pop star Jimmie Rodgers) has been receiving chilling death threats, and his agent hires Checkmate to investigate. Jed goes undercover as an aide to Buddy. After someone fires a shot at Buddy, Jed discovers that the person who made the threats and the person who fired the shot are not the same person.moreless
Ernie Stone, reformed and repentant thanks in part to Dr. Hyatt, is paroled after serving 20 years for his role in the Christmas Eve armed robbery of a novelty store that resulted in a crippling bullet wound to the proprietor. Immediately upon his release there is an attempt on Ernie's life, and suspicion at first falls on the now-dead proprietor's unforgiving son, Chuck Ellis, who has been harassing Ernie. Checkmate, however, suspects Ernie is harboring a secret that would shed new light on why someone would want him dead.moreless
The checkmate team is being held hostage by a gang led by rogue gangster Joe Farrell, who is running from the mob. He demands that Don act as courier for his estranged wife and a fortune in stolen cash, or Jed and Dr. Hyatt will die. When Don discovers that one of Farrell's men plans to double-cross Farrell, Don tries to take advantage of the situation by pitting the two men against each other.moreless
Jed and Dr. Hyatt go undercover as employees in a well-to-do household after Checkmate is hired by an anonymous client to protect the family from an unspecified danger. While there they encounter a grumpy housekeeper who hates beards, a woman who is about to marry for a third time, the woman's patrician uncle, her mysterious intended groom, and her high-spirited young daughter who imagines things, most of which are fantasy. Most.moreless
A friend of Dr. Hyatt's, Judge Ralph G. Addison, has been receiving anonymous calls and letters warning that he will die if a man he sent to death row is executed. Checkmate's investigation raises questions about the condemned man's guilt, and the judge's character.
Retired defense attorney Emory Olivant invites various guests, all former clients that he helped to acquit of murder, to spend the night at his mansion. One of them, he later discovered, was guilty, something he hopes to remedy before dawn through murder. Also invited are Don and Dr. Hyatt, whom he hired to try to checkmate the murder.moreless
A newlywed bride faces disaster when her new husband suddenly disappears, unknowingly at the hands of an escaped criminal trying to escape a death sentence.