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The Case of the Irate Witness

The Case of the Irate Witness by Erle Stanley Gardner, Alexander Cendese
“The Case of the Irate Witness,” the mystery which is the star of this collection of 4 novelettes, is the only one that the incomparable Erle Stanley Gardner ever wrote featuring Perry Mason in short story form. Each of the stories revolves around the subject of stolen jewels and each story is a gem in itself.
In “The Case of the Irate Witness” (1953), Perry Mason sets off for a peaceful weekend’s fishing in the mountains but even here the master lawyer is unable to leave detection behind. After being stopped at a police roadblock checking on a big robbery in Jebson City, Perry Mason gets involved in defending the accused, culminating in a stunning example of Mason’s famous courtroom dexterity.
In “The Jeweled Butterfly” (1952), Peggy Castle writes a gossip column in the company paper. She gets a note that the curvy Stella is going to meet the studly Don at a local nightclub. Peggy grabs a table and waits. She ends up getting involved in a jewelry robbery case involving the company and Stella’s murder.
In “Something Like A Pelican” (1942), Leith has a knack for putting together threads of different incidents and coming up with solutions to crimes. In this story he figures out what a woman throwing a fur cape out a window has to do with missing top secret blueprints.
In “A Man Is Missing” (1946), in rural Idaho a man with amnesia is missing. He had a picture taken of himself in front of a cabin he built and sent it to his wife. He said he had bouts of amnesia following a car accident. A detective from the big city is on his way out to solve the case. Local sheriff Bill Catlin shows him country sheriffs know a thing or two.

The Case of the Ice-Cold Hands

**Supposed You had Embezzeld Some Money – **
and bet it on the nose on a long shot, at fifty to one. And the horse came in first. With your winnings you could easily replace the money you had embezzled and still have a big profit. But when you went to cash in your winning tickets, your employer was there with a cop to arrest you for embezzlement – and to take over your winnings. According to him, the money had always been his and the fact that you had made a lucky bet and intended to replace the money you had “borrowed” wouldn’t stop you from going to jail or him from collecting the profits. Would that be cause for murder?

The Case of the Howling Dog

The Case of the Howling Dog (Perry Mason Series #4) by Erle Stanley Gardner
Criminal lawyer and bestselling mystery author Erle Stanley Gardner wrote nearly 150 novels that have sold 300 million copies worldwide. Now, the American Bar Association is bringing back his most famous and enduring novels—featuring criminal defense lawyer and sleuth Perry Mason—in striking trade paperback editions.
Arthur Cartwright insists on seeing Perry Mason about his neighbor’s constantly howling dog. When Mason gets a district attorney to issue a warning to the neighbor, Clinton Foley, Foley claims that Cartwright is insane. Mason nearly starts to believe him when Cartwright draws up a will leaving everything to Foley’s wife. That’s why he pays a visit to Clinton Foley’s house, where he finds a missing wife, a poisoned dog, and a corpse.

The Case of the Horrified Heirs: A Perry Mason Mystery

The Case of the Horrified Heirs: A Perry Mason Mystery by Erle Stanley Gardner
Virginia Baxter is the only witness still living who can vouch for the authenticity of Lauretta Trent’s will. Lauretta Trent, a wealthy widow, is also still living. But for how long? Someone has been peppering the spicy food Lauretta loves with arsenic. Could it be the same someone who tried framing Virginia Baxter for drug smuggling?

Lauretta doesn’t trust her greedy heirs. But could a scheming servant be behind a master plan to fleece her estate? It all seems to fit. But when Lauretta is murdered on the highway, all the evidence places Virginia Baxter squarely in the driver’s seat. Confused? Just think how Virginia’s lawyer, Perry Mason, must feel.

The Case of the Hesitant Hostess

The Case of the Hesitant Hostess (Perry Mason Series #41) by Erle Stanley Gardner
Perry Mason has no hesitation about defending penniless ex-salesman Albert Brogan against a charge of armed robbery. That’s because nightclub hostess Inez Kaylor’s testimony will guarantee that the accusations against the alleged hold-up mon won’t hold up in court. But when the hostess has the bad manners to stand Mason up instead of taking the stand, Perry’s defense may not have a leg to stand on.
Failure to find the AWOL witness in forty-eight hours could cost an innocent mon his liberty and his life, when the prosecution serves up a shocking new charge of murder! But the high-tailing hostess has a host of her own secrets, and a cast of shady characters — from Los Angeles to Las Vegas — is determined to keep them (and her) hidden. It all adds up to a whirlwind working weekend for Mason: if he cant get the goods — and the girl — by Monday morning when the gavel falls, so will the ax…

The Case of the Haunted Husband

Aspiring actress Stephane Olger just wants to be in pictures. But she may end up in mug shots instead when she gets herself caught up in a crime. Shortly after quitting her job and moving to Hollywood, she is picked up by a well-dressed man while hitchhiking. The man loses control of the car and they end up in a horrible accident. Both Stephane and the driver escape unscathed but the strange man flees the scene leaving Stephane to face a charge of manslaughter.
Stephane’s rich uncle hires Perry Mason to defend her and he and the private detective Paul Drake immediately start gathering evidence. It turns out that the car, of course, was stolen, and belongs to a Hollywood producer who has been in contact with the mystery man who is from San Francisco. A woman has been promised a job by him, but is given one by Perry Mason instead. She, too, disappears, and in another room of the hotel her luggage is found with a man who has been shot. In the courtroom Perry Mason discovers many other facts, but in the meantime the film producer’s chauffeur is murdered, making his task much harder.
It’s up to Perry Mason to find the truth behind a suspicious scenario starring a menacing movie mogul, a hoodwinked housewife, and a man no one has ever seen—alive!
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The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister

Perry Mason was retained to protect the interests of the Bain family, who were being blackmailed with an audio confession of a crime they didn’t commit. Mason manages to erase the recording right out from under their nose, but then finds himself defending Hattie Bain on a murder charge.
Mason’s courtroom dramatics hit a high note when he produces a theory which changes the time of death, and puts an witness with an seemingly unshakeable alibi on the hot seat. Then the theory is collaborated with evidence overlooked by the police, and all hell is raised with the prosecutions theory of the case.

The Case of the Golddigger’s Purse

The Case of the Golddigger’s Purse (Perry Mason Series #26) by Erle Stanley Gardner, Alexander Cendese
In order to help her seriously ill boyfriend, gorgeous Sally Madison sets out to separate wealthy Harrington Faulkner from some of his money by offering him a cure for his ailing exotic fish, but her plan goes awry when the fish mysteriously vanish and Faulkner turns up dead.
“You want to consult me about a goldfish?”
Perry Mason couldn’t believe his ears. Prospective clients had come to see him about many things but never a matter as seemingly silly as this. He didn’t even have time to tell Harrington Faulkner that he wouldn’t take the case before a process server slapped on a summons and complaint for $100,000.
During the evening, a golddigger got Faulkner to write a check for $5,000. Before two days had passed there was a murder. And both Perry Mason and Della Street were in danger of being convicted as accessories.

The Case of the Gilded Lily: A Perry Mason Mystery

The Case of the Gilded Lily: A Perry Mason Mystery by Erle Stanley Gardner
DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR
Stewart G. Bedford is wealthy, respected, and head-over-heels in love with his beautiful young wife, Ann. So what is Bedford doing in a roadside motel with a brassy blonde bombshell and a briefcase packed with $20,000? He’s defending his wife, believe it or not, by cooperating with a calculating blackmailer who’s got the goods on Mrs. Bedford’s criminal past.
But being bled for hush money, or facing a life-crushing scandal, quickly pales in comparison to Stewart Bedford’s ultimate fate: standing accused of murdering his blackmailer. With his own gun missing from the scene of the crime, an unprovable alibi, and an ironclad motive, it looks like the case is open and shut. That is, until Perry Mason sticks his foot in the door. . . .
THE ORIGINAL COURTROOM NOVELS

The Case of the Fugitive Nurse

The Case of the Fugitive Nurse (Perry Mason Series #43) by Erle Stanley Gardner
Death And Taxes… And Murder?
The affairs of her husband — financial and otherwise — are what concern Steffanie Malden. The young and stunning bride of a prominent physician killed in a private plane crash, the widow Malden stands to inherit more than just a sizable estate. Unfortunately, she’s also the unwilling heir to an IRS investigation. It appears that the deceased was squirreling away a king’s ransom in undeclared cash — with the able assistance of his head nurse and secret paramour, Gladys Foss.
Mrs. Malden wants Mason to flush out Miss Foss and recover the AWOL income — without trouble from the taxman. But when she’s suddenly charged with engineering her husband’s death, the matter turns from the monetary to the murderous. Stuck in the middle, Mason must match wits with both sides of the law, to find out just who got the doctor slaughtered….
The Perry Mason Novels
Criminal lawyer and all-time #1 mystery author Erle Stanley Gardner wrote close to 150 novels that have sold 300 million copies worldwide. Today, the great Gardner tradition continues with many of his classics back in print, as well as brand-new additions to the ever-popular series starring the incomparable Perry Mason.

The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll

Jilted by her fiancee, a corporate embezzelor who skipped town with company funds, Mildred decides to switch identities with a dead hitchhiker, hoping to create a new life for herself, but her rouse brings even more troubles, so she turns to Perry Mason for help. Reissue.

The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll

Jilted by her fiancee, a corporate embezzelor who skipped town with company funds, Mildred decides to switch identities with a dead hitchhiker, hoping to create a new life for herself, but her rouse brings even more troubles, so she turns to Perry Mason for help. Reissue.

The Case of the Fenced in Woman

The Case of the Fenced In Woman by Erle Stanley Gardner
Morley Eden finds an unwanted guest on his property. The ex-wife of his dream house’s contractor claims that the property is one-half hers. Eden calls upon Perry Mason to resolve a dispute that is linked to murder.

The Case of the Fan-Dancer’s Horse

The Case of the Fan-Dancer’s Horse (Perry Mason Series #29) by Erle Stanley Gardner
It all begins with the fan-dancer’s “costume” — what there is of it. When Perry Mason stumbles upon the barely there accessories of an exotic performer, he sets out to do a good turn by returning the lost glad rags. But the attorney’s discreet good deed brings more than one delectable dancer — and more than a little trouble — waltzing into his office.
Two dazzling dead ringers each claim to be the same famed fan-dancer. And hot on their heels are a zealous ex-husband and a jealous would-be boyfriend. But the missing property all four are after isn’t feathered finery — it’s a full-grown horse! And when one of the men gets brutally murdered, Mason finds he may be dancing dangerously close to a killer….

The Case of the Fabulous Fake

The Case of the Fabulous Fake by Erle Stanley Gardner, Alexander Cendese
The client was young, blonde, and beautiful, and she wanted to disappear. The trouble was she wouldn’t say why, and she wouldn’t give her name. So Perry Mason agreed to a code of identification based on her measurements: 36-24-36. But according to Della Street, the figures were padded, and as it turned out, so was everything the client said. Certainly the bag full of cash she carries isn’t shopping money. All the mystery-woman asks is that Perry Mason make himself available for a few days in case she needs him—for what purpose, she remains silent as a grave. In fact, his headstrong client is headed for disaster—not only into a blackmailer’s clutches but into a lethal trap from which not even Perry Mason’s brilliant courtroom sorcery may be able to extricate her. Alive, anyway…