Demure Ellen Carter works at a relative's bookstore. When a book is found missing, he fires Ellen who is concerned she might be arrested. During a visit with him, Perry notices a first edition. When the owner is murdered, Ellen is charged.
Joane Proctor and her boyfriend are concerned what will happen to a home for disabled children when Carleton Gage dies. When they find one of the heirs dead, the boyfriend concocts an idea that backfires with Joane is charged with murder.
Jimmy West believes he has a great fighter but when Tod Richards takes over the fighter's contract and hires Jimmy as trainer, Jimmy doesn't realize what he walked into. Jimmy is in the middle of a blackmail scheme and charged with murder.
Perry's friend Beth Sandover is in a strained marriage so she asks Perry for help. When the woman who took her job is murdered, she is charged as her husband tries to preserve the $201,000 he embezzled from the company where they worked.
Lt. Andy Anderson has a cousin who is moving from the beat to a patrol car partnered with Andy's old friend. The friend is killed when they respond to burglary. When the security guard is killed later, Andy's cousin is charged.
Damion White married an actress who has an offer to return to work that involves a great song. However, she recognizes the song which has been plagiarized multiple times. Her husband is one of those involved and is charged with murder.
Merchant seaman Harry Fothergill arrives in the U.S. with his mate Dickie to visit Dickie's brother and his family. Broke Dickie creates a will leaving a small fortune to Harry and his niece. When Dickie is murdered, Harry is charged.
John Gregory is caught in a trap when his mobster brother escapes and wants the money he put in a trust fund for his daughter. At the same time the manager of the trust fund tries to blackmail Gregory about it and is murdered.
Della is on the hook to Perry for $25,000 but more importantly may go to prison for helping a friend charged with murder who was being blackmailed. Perry must not only prove his client but his trusted secretary innocent as well.
On vacation, Perry decides to help Jane Wardman, who had been kind to him. She is a high school teacher and widow accused of inappropriate behavior with some of her senior students. With the whole town against her, only Perry believes her.
Jennifer Wakely is upset her uncle sold her prize horse after her dad died. Given a chance to get him back, she is interrupted by the man who bought the horse. Right after their run in, he is found dead killed by the tool she used.
Maureen Thomas is contacted by Burt Renshaw who believes he can put her in contact with the mother who abandoned her. An inheritance is involved and James Grove has found another Maureen. When Renshaw is murdered, Maureen Thomas is charged.
Virginia Trent is having a bad day. Her Aunt is shoplifting, her Uncle George is missing, and diamonds are missing from George's business. When her aunt is charged with murdering an old friend who is a diamond agent, Perry is needed.
Linda Blake arrives in Ladera looking for her father only to find he has been dead for several years. His death occurred with suspicions that Charles Lambert killed him. When his alibi, Floyd Grant, is murdered, Linda is charged.
Laura Hewes' divorce is nearly complete. After an experiment in his class, her husband learns she is in town staying with another couple. His problems compound due to a charge of plagiarism. When he is murdered, Laura is charged.
After the death of her husband and partner, Joe Doyle, Constant Doyle takes on a case involving a young man who knew her husband. Constant asks for Perry's help and he suggests she hire the Paul Drake Detective agency to aid in the case.
Janice Norland turns to her law professor when she thinks she killed a man. When there is no body, they assume all is okay but she is soon the target of blackmail. When the man turns up dead, she is charged so the professor defends her.
Elihu Laban, a political refuge from the Balkans, hopes to obtain the papers from a leader who supposedly committed suicide. He and a group put together a plan using a former member of the OSS. When the seller is killed, he is charged.
Hollis Wilburn's main problem is deciding between two beaus who are also after a franchise from her uncle. Her problems grow when her uncle is first blackmailed and then murdered. Being in line to inherit his estate, she is charged.
Sandra Keller has agreed to sell her grandfather's orange orchard to a developer for mall parking. When the grandfather changes his mind, the deal is off but a lot of people will be hurt. When the developer is shot, she is charged.
Trevor Harris has returned home after 10 years as his wife is dying and he wants to ensure his children have a good home with Jill Garson instead of family patriarch Edgar Thorne. However, when Thorne is shot, Harris is charged.
Eva Belter is caught in a photo leaving an illegal gambling club with a politician. Fearing she will be blackmailed, she asks Perry for help but she seems dishonest and tries to incriminate Perry. Her murdered husband is the blackmailer.
Roy Comstock is handling the finances in a real estate deal with Peter Brent. However, his divorce has distracted him so Peter is worried about losing his land. Roy supposedly commits suicide but Peter is charged with his murder.
Dwight Garrett is the absent minded brains of a floundering high tech partnership with Austin Lloyd who is more of a con-artist. In an attempt to save himself, Lloyd tries to frame Garrett for his murder but the murder becomes real.
Sculptor John Kenyon returns from Greece with a beautiful model and her mother. Kenyon becomes very irritated with the both of them when the mother interferes with his attempts to court the model. When the mother is killed, he is charged.
Margaret Layton is deeply worried that ex-husband and author Richard Harris will publish a trashy novel because of its affect on their daughters. When she visits him, she is overheard threatening to kill him and fires a gun in his desk.
Nelson Tarr bought a small town radio station due to a recommendation from his friend, Andrea Walden, who is married to the owner. However, her husband believes the rumors about her infidelity so when he is murdered, Nelson is charged.
Judge Daniel Redmond has been nominated to run for Lt. Governor due to his high level of respect. However, he soon finds himself being forced to turn it down due to an accusation of fraud and murdering the witness against him.