19 The Blue Chip Murders
Following an attempted burglary at their home, the Harts are surprised at the fact that nothing was taken. But what they don't know is that the house has been targeted by a stock broker who suspects that the previous owner, architect Lawrence Freeman, hid a fortune in bearer bonds somewhere in the house before he died. And in an effort to find them, Mr. Barbara sends his accomplice, Ronnie, to the Harts posing as a magazine photographer who is doing a story on the Freeman house. After contacting the brokerage firm that handled Freeman's account, the Harts are told that the architect's secrecy and paranoia led him to keep almost everything he owned hidden at home. And from the brokerage firm's longtime archivist, Ida Cox, they are told of a safe that Freeman was rumored to have installed. Worried that the Harts are getting too close, Mr. Barbara sends Ronnie back to find the safe and steal the bonds. And though Ronnie is killed before the bonds are found, the Harts know that his partner isn't about to give up. A call to Paris where Freeman's blueprints are stored provides the Harts with a clue as to the location of the hidden safe. And upon finding it and the bonds, Jonathan and Jennifer decide that Ida should be the one who inherits the late architect's fortune. When Ida brings her boss along with her, Mr. Barbara locks her and the Harts inside the safe and makes off with the loot. But after engineering an escape with some help from Max, the Harts manage to stop Mr. Barbara before he can get away with the caper. © 1981 CPT Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved.