Merle Telford is a childlike young woman who is about to turn 21 and receive her inheritance. She plans to elope with Danny Pierce as soon as she receives her money. Danny is a greedy schemer and Merle's supposed friend, Gina Gilbert, is his accomplice. Merle's guardians know of her plans and hire Paul Drake to keep Merle from fleeing on the night of her 21st birthday party. When a murder is committed during the party, Merle becomes the prime suspect.moreless
Ted Chase discovers that his second wife, Irene, might have killed his first wife and contemplates revenge. However, someone else gets to Irene first. While defending Ted, Perry discovers that Irene's past was even more sordid and corrupt than previously believed.
Mike Preston is a bitter man who despises Hugh Jamison, the man he believes is responsible for the accident that crippled him and subsequently stole $100,000 from him. When Preston tries to bring Jamison to justice, Jamison is murdered by the real thief and Preston is left to take the blame.moreless
The police find a woman, Eleanor Corbin, running and screaming in the woods near her apartment. They end up taking her in for murder even though she claims that she doesn't remember what happened.
Axel Norstaad sells his much respected furniture trademark to Martin Somers. However, Somers guts the company assets and churnns out inferior products. When Axel protests, Somers is found murdered and Axel he gets arrested. To complicate things, Axel is in love with Edie Morrow whom he suspects might be the actual killer.moreless
Wealthy Walter Frazer has always blamed his daughter-in-law Sue Ellen for his son Gregson's failures... and his death when his boy turns up dead and Sue Ellen is the likely suspect.
Charles Cromwell, the president-elect of Euclid College, worries that some less than stellar moments from his past will be exposed when Maisie Freitag arrives on the scene to make an unusual bequest to the college. Needless to say, murder eventually finds its way to the campus.
Health club instructor Ward Nichols wants to marry the niece of his employer, Bernard Daniels, but Ward's estranged wife, Veronica, is pressuring him for money and claiming to be pregnant. Things blow up in everyone's face when Bernard is found crunched with a dumbbell at the club. Perry, as usual, arrives on the scene to get at the truth.moreless
Investor Walter Eastman needs Perry to get him out of a deal with a race car driver who claims he's paralyzed after crashing their test car. The driver soon ends up murdered and Eastman needs a defense lawyer.
Perry and Paul are all set to go deep sea fishing on a boat owned by their friend, Scott Cahill, but when Cahill's regular customer wants the boat for the weekend they have to charter another. Later, Perry gets word that the Coast Guard has boarded Cahill's vessel looking for stolen gold. They found some of the bullion and the corpse of a shady character, Karl McGovern. An autopsy reveals that McGovern was killed with a fatal dose of digitalis. Scott Cahill is charged with murder when the police theorize that he and the dead man were partners in stealing the gold.moreless