Stuart and Jeff's old friend Art Moomey hires Stuart to look into a commercial property, the Switchburg Hotel, he is thinking about buying. He asks Stuart instead of a real estate agent since the hotel is located in Switchburg, a virtual ghost town in the old silver mining region of the Nevada desert about four hundred miles away from Las Vegas. There are no such regular services such as a real estate office in Switchburg let alone a mayor, and Art is unable to find out anything about the hotel on his own. It appeals to the eccentric side of him, he who plans to fix ...
Jeff is hired to investigate the disappearance of scuba diver Carthwright before issuing insurance benefits. Jeff enlists Kookie and Roscoe to help while he talks with the attractive widow. A trip to Mexico brings the answers to the mystery.
Jeff, along with Suzanne, accompany a blind man James to an out of town reading of a will. The gathering consists of Hollywood types who stand to inherit one million dollars if they complete a puzzle but a murder interferes with the game.
Jeff is hired to look into attempts on actress Kay Donnelly's life but her sudden suicide leaves him with questions. The rooming house where she lived seems to be full of suspects except for the wisecracking Marge. A secret marriage points to a killer.
Stu is hired to protect belligerent business mogul Simon Galbraith on an African hunting trip. The rude man brings along a number of people who wish him ill, foremost wife Miriam. Stu does his job despite a distaste for his client and his actions.
Stu is hired to protect Roxanna, a member of a prominent family in a Latin American country poised for revolution. They head for her home country by train but end up stranded in an isolated area leaving them fighting for their lives.
Stu and Roxanna make it to the city having fallen in love with Stu to become first gentlemen. But then he's shot and Jeff heads south to help his partner find the missing future leader with the aid of a most obtuse local police captain.
Stu is hired by Paula Conway, mother of a spoiled child star Angel, when a valuable jewel goes missing. What seems like a simple case although one populated by unlikable characters turns serious when a murder occurs endangering Angel.
Stuart takes the case of legendary bigger-than-life actress/dancer/singer Crystal Dart, she initially making a name for herself in the post-war era as the star of the Folies Bergère in Paris. She wants him to accompany her to a cabin at Lake Arrowhead that was owned by her estranged husband, Swiss national ski instructor and aspiring not too good actor Kurt Weibel, before they married, after which, in his poor financial state, she assumed the mortgage. She wants him evicted from the cabin where he is living - she having legal papers to dispossess him - before she ...
Jeff is hired by a wealthy middle aged man who wants his missing young wife found. The client refuses to believe she has left him for a younger man but Jeff thinks otherwise. With Roscoe's help, she is quickly spotted but before her husband can be contacted a new situation has developed - she is being held for ransom.
Stuart is asked by the United States military to investigate whether classified documents were passed on to a foreign country. Bailey becomes close to Marta, a friend of the suspected spy Hollister creating conflict.
Jeff is hired by the Connors, parents of a student who died in an apparent hazing incident. Jeff poses as a student, living in the fraternity where he learns of rampant cheating by the football team which may be tied to the death.
Jeff goes to capture a thief sneaking back via a remote corner of the Islands. PI Jeff poses as a wandering gigolo, signing on as a guitar-strumming lounge act to attract lonely women to a struggling resort. Cricket Blake chirps along with him, but the new competition brings out the worst in a scheming philanderer and a torch-bearing local police chief.
Man-eating cat stalks the Sierras, making Stu's inquiry about a friend's daughter a low priority with frazzled mountain residents. Stu's old buddy suspects his daughter is rebelling against his strict single-parenting by getting mixed-up with shady characters. A mild-mannered geology professor boarding at the buddy's house, packing heat on his wilderness sabbatical makes Stu wary too.
Stripper Jingle Bells, key witness in a mob trial, is kidnapped to keep her from testifying. Jeff spots her being held in an apartment, then identifies her when he finds one of her trademark "jingle bell" earrings on the sidewalk. Jeff pursues when the kidnapper moves her to a mountain ranch off Route 66.
When an old friend of Stu is kidnapped, he's asked to deliver the ransom money. He soon begins to wonder if his friend's wife, a former singer with mob connections, his spoiled young sister, or the secretary who's in love with him, had anything to do with the kidnapping.
Jeff sees enticing wanted robber Vetta Nygood, tails her to a remote mountain hideout, but her accomplices nab him. The ice-cold gang leader Hammett panics, so he ties & gags Jeff up in the abandoned house's attic. Then the 3 robbers flee after divvying up the loot, before the 4th thug, the menacing Deek arrives to claim his cut. Who gets to Jeff first: a chummy rattlesnake, the cops or the vengeful Deek ?
Just before Stu sings lead in a mob trial, a toy manufacturer moves into 77 Sunset Strip, with no furniture but lots of ammo and suspicious visitors, especially a sinister couple who rub everybody the wrong way. Roscoe knows the head of the assassins, who hires Roscoe to courier a secret toy design from San Diego.
Astrologer predicts murder will strike the same film fest again, once more claiming someone close to super-agent Shelly Blair. Bailey & Spencer have no trouble mobilizing all their young male ops to protect Shelly's 4 starlet clients (MM, Lotus Lee, Sprite Simpson, Helga Haller), while Roscoe draws an ex-silent film diva, and Suzanne shields an ego-maniacal French heartthrob.
A duplicitous blonde swipes $500,000 from her employer/fiancé, after he hired Jeff Spencer to accompany her and a satchel of negotiable bonds from San Francisco to L.A. She gives Jeff the slip, along with another, much younger fiancé. When Jeff suspects she's fled to Acapulco, fiancé number II joins the chase.
Crooner, who's finally cracked the big screen, is suspected of rubbing out scandal sheet publisher Ransome, for threatening to expose the singer's rap sheet. Bailey & Spencer's new gumshoe Rex Randolph sets out to nab the killer, to prove the golden throat's innocence. High on Rex's checklist of suspects is comic Chick Little, who may be another of Ransome's blackmail pigeons.
Is Stu moonlighting as a Mafia hit man or could he just be an exact double for Sandy the Executioner? Kefauver's G-Men summon ex-CIA spook Stu Bailey inside the Beltway, to find out before New York's Silk Cipriano has his contract fulfilled on rival narcotics dealer California Baldy Mike Hannigan, sparking a bi-coastal gang war.
The funeral of a revered old Western star gets surreal when his huge statue is stolen. The embarrassed Hollywood cemetery hires Jeff Spencer to get the statue back, but gets way more they expect. Jeff's investigation uncovers sex, lies, blackmail, decaying nitrate film, and murder suspects galore.
While in England, Jeff is asked by his light-fingered friend, Benny, to help him find who hired him for a job in Liverpool. Unknown to Benny he stole a radioactive isotope. He was not warned of the danger of coming in contact with it. They only have two weeks to find who did this to Benny before he dies from the radiation poisoning.
Manet the magician schemes to pay off his gambling debts by reuniting his assistant with her wealthy parents, back in California. To verify that the beautiful young woman's really the daughter who disappeared in World War II Europe, the parents hire Stu Bailey to fly to Antwerp to investigate.
Newlywed Adam Gallante disappears, then someone keeps trying to kill his naive bride Alice. Bloodhounds Spencer and Kookie find out that the meek-looking Gallante, a traveling women's clothing salesman, had paramours all over, including Sheila Storm, seer Karma Onyx, and Peaches Schultz.
Rex is hired to protect an up and coming actress Abigail Allen pretending to be a fellow performer. He gets emotionally involved as he learns an ex-con is a suspect but it's the woman's secrets that put her in the most danger.
Spencer is to be the Stewart's bodyguard, a couple where the husband is an older man married to the attractive Dolly. She makes a play for Jeff and he discovers her ex-con old boyfriend which puts several lives at risk.