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Murray, KY – This uncommon mystery was written by Christopher Morley, born 120 years ago this month. Don't fear digging through the library stacks for this one, The Haunted Bookshop is available online for free and there's more to its name than frightening ghosts.

Murray, KY – In April, 1870, Charles Dickens began writing his final novel, a murder mystery titled The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Two months later, he died of a stroke, leaving the novel unfinished. Commentator Michael Cohen talks about why this uncommon mystery has captured the imaginations of readers for 140 years.

Murray, KY – As WKMS signed onto air 40 years ago, many mourned the death of author Erle Stanley Gardner, best known for the popular Perry Mason series. Mystery fan Michael Cohen takes a look at the life and work of the uncommon author in this commentary, which he calls "The Case of the Self Taught Lawyer."

Murray, KY – Now that schools across the region are back in full swing, it's once again time to dawn that literary hat and pick up a good read. Commentator Michael Cohen recommends an academic murder mystery by Carolyn Heillbrun, who wrote under the pseudonym, Amanda Cross. Cohen peaks through the pages of her first novel starring literature professor Kate Fansler, titled In The Last Analysis.

Murray, KY – We conclude storyteller Robert Valentine's series of new perspectives on classic Christmas tales. This week's story is about a weary couple arriving at a farm one cold winter night long ago. This is the third and final story in his three part series, titled "For Unto You "

Aram was dancing.

Murray, KY – We continue storyteller Robert Valentine's series of new perspectives on classic Christmas tales. This week's story is about a caravan taking in a weary couple on their winter journey through the desert. This is the second story in his three part series, titled "For Unto You "

"There's a man on the road!"

The boy trotted up, pulling the donkey to a halt beside Benjamin, who sat high atop his camel.

Murray, KY – Dick Maddox wrote and voiced "The Christmas Circus." The storyteller lives in Murray and sometimes helps his spouse, an educator in Trigg Country, by impersonating the jolly old gentleman of the story for children in her classes. The Christmas Circus originally aired on WKMS in 2006 and is re-posted here for the holiday season.

Murray, KY – The winter holiday season is a special time for all, often evoking reverence and good-will. Commentator and professional storyteller Robert Valentine shares a new perspective on a classic Christmas story about a carpenter in urgent need of a donkey. This is the first in a three part series, titled "For Unto You "

"Well, not that one; that's a certain thing!"

Murray, KY – As the weather gets colder many turn their attention indoors, to good food, drink and a few good reads. This is not unlike the usual interests of famous fictional detective, Commissaire Maigret, the lead character in George Simenon's long-running series. Commentator Michael Cohen peaks through the pages of one of his books.

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