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Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword

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"Chicago, 1929. There are a thousand stories in the naked city; and when you're a dwarf at four-foot-one, they all look that much taller."

It is The Era of Prohibition, where crime runs rampant in the streets and a city divided into territories serves as the ultimate prize.

Somewhere in this Underworld of Chicago, an enchanted weapon holds the key to ending The Gangland Wars. In the wake of The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, only one is man enough to stand up against Al Capone...

...a four-foot-one dwarf named Billibub Baddings.

Get ready for The Lord of the Rings written by Mickey Spillane! Poking fun at the hard-boiled detective novel, Fantasy mainstays, and even the legend of Chicago's 1920 underworld, MOREVI's Tee Morris returns to the podiobook arena...and this time, he's bringing a few friends along for the ride!

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  • It is Chicago, 1929, and Billibub Baddings is a four-foot-one dwarf detective in a world of six-foot thugs, creeps, and lowlifes. It's a slow Friday at Baddings Investigations, until one of Chicago's higher society walks into his office. A case is about to open a world of trouble for Billi.

  • A slow Friday at Baddings Investigations turns into the case of a lifetime for Billibub Baddings, dwarf detective. Hired by Chicago socialite Julia Lesinger, Billi begins his investigation into why Anothony "Pretty Boy” DeMayo was whacked by his own boss.

  • A frustrating day of confusing clues and desk drawers sealed with low level magic does a lot for a dwarf's appetite, and there's no better place to fill an empty stomach than Mick's.

  • Billi is still noddling through the previous evening's excitementat Mick's. Why would Bugs Moran's boys dare set foot in Capone's territory so soon after the St. Valentine's Day? Whatever was hitting the streets, it was serious enough to grab a rival's attention. Needing an inside look at what was going on in The Organization, Billi turns to two-bit hood Benny Riletto, a numbers runner that owes a debt to the dwarf detective.

  • Billi’s morning with two-bit hood, Benny Riletto, leads him to the Ryerson Museum, one of the most prestegious learning institutions of Chicago. He meets Dr. Samuel Hammil, the museum’s curator. At first, Dr. Hamil is refusing to cooperate with the dwarf detective; but eventually, he confirms the theft of a recent find... ...a recent find that brings Billi’s past closer to his Chicago home.

  • Billi’s bad day (thanks to the Ryerson Museum) only gets worse as the police pick him up at his office with questions about the death of Benny Riletto.

  • When hired by socialite Julia Lesinger to investigate the death of gangster “Pretty Boy” DeMayo, Billibub Baddings knew he was kicking an angry nest of dragon-wasps…but he did not count on being suspect in an informant’s murder, crossing paths with a pair of influential mystery men, or discovering a talisman from his realm appearing in 1929 Chicago. Could things really get any worse? (Hell, yes.)

  • Billi is picked up in front of his office by a pair of armed thugs, "invited" to a casual dinner. The dwarf detective finds himself in store for an evening of good food and good wine with Alphonse "Scarface" Capone.

  • Billi dives back into Benny’s notes and finds two living contacts in the “Singing Sword” network. One is a foot soldier in Capone’s ranks, keeping the Sword on the move. The other contact is a hat-and-coat check girl from one of Capone’s speakeasies, and she’s got a surprise or two for Billi’s case.

  • His morning and afternoon well spent with case leads, Billi decides to return to the Ryerson their photo of The Singing Sword. He finds Dr. Hammil anxious to chat with him again, and those powers of observation and deduction of his a bit too accurate for his own good!

  • After a night that ended with one dead Ryerson curator, a whopper of a hangover, and murder charges dropped thanks to an appearance by Capone’s ace attorney, Billi gives Miranda (and himself) a day off. The following day picks up exactly where his case left off, bringing new players into this already complicated intrigue.

  • What started as a simple (yet risky) investigation into the death of a Capone mobster, Billi has uncovered the theft of an artifact from his own realm of Acryonis, a black market operation run by the curator of the Ryerson Museum, and himself under the watchful eye iof the United States government. Billi feels the need to step away from all this...and with an invitation extended by Eva Rothchild, Julia Lesinger's high society foil, he's about to enjoy a night out on the town.

  • Billi’s investigation into The Singing Sword had now caught the attention of his client’s high society rival, Eva Rothchild. At a black tie affair, Eva tried to play Billi for a fool in front of Julia Lesinger...but with Julia offering Billi a limousine home, our dwarf detective is about to get in the last word.

  • A hunch leads Billi back to the speakeasy where he was a friend of Lou's...

  • Billi's breakthrough in this case of The Singing Sword happens over Mick’s chicken soup and ham-and-cheese special. His hunch begins at a speakeasy and ends at the docks. Tonight, everything happens.

  • And now, the conclusion...

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