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The Case of the Sulky Girl

The Case of the Sulky Girl


The Case of the Sulky Girl

ratings:
4/5 (10 ratings)
Length:
6 hours
Released:
Oct 11, 2016
ISBN:
9781531826871
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Her Uncle was healthy, but in order to get wealthy did she plot his demise? Is there evil in the heir?

Frances Celane has good reason to pout. Thanks to a provision in her late father's will administered by her uncle, she's caught in the middle of a family feud between matrimony and money. If she chooses marriage, she loses a million. But beautiful young Frances has a strong will of her own that she's not afraid to use. One way or another, she means to hear wedding bells and cash registers making beautiful music together. Her first move: hire Perry mason to orchestrate things.

Unfortunately, stubbornness runs in Frances Celane's family, as Mason discovers when he confronts her Uncle Edward Norton. After Perry's powers of persuasion fail to penetrate his hard head, someone decides the only way of cashing in is by bashing in the uncooperative uncle's skull. But when the blood spills, so do the secrets. Then it's Mason's turn to brood, as he tries to figure out if a girl as pretty as his client could have a hand in something so ugly.…

Released:
Oct 11, 2016
ISBN:
9781531826871
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Erle Stanley Gardner (1889–1970) was an author and lawyer who wrote nearly 150 detective and mystery novels that sold more than one million copies each, making him easily the best-selling American writer of his time. He ranks as one of the most prolific specialists of crime fiction due to his popular alter ego, lawyer-detective Perry Mason. A self-taught lawyer, Gardner was admitted to the California bar in 1911 and began defending poor Chinese and Mexicans as well as other clients. Eventually his writing career, which began with the pulps, pushed his law career aside. As proven in his Edgar Award–winning The Court of Last Resort, Gardner never gave up on the cases of wrongly accused individuals or unjustly convicted defendants.  

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  • (4/5)
    Perry Mason reads are refreshing though nothing that hasnt been done before.
    And yet the plots are pretty tightly knit and keeps the reader thinking.
    Good read but the way of narration could have been a lot better.
  • (5/5)
    Another great whodunnit with Perry Mason. Was she sulky or panicked? Did the secretary do it? or the sulky, spoiled righ girl who was forbidden to marry or lose her inheritence who secretely married, her secret husband, or another person entirely...perhaps the blackmailing maid. Perry. Della and Paul untangle the mystery to solve the case in another spectacular muder trial.
  • (3/5)
    Frances Celane is angry because her father's will has a provision that if she marries before the age of 25 she lose the millions he has left behind. The will is administered by her uncle who is a stickler for the rules. Shortly after she approaches Perry mason for advice on to fight the will's provisions, her uncle is murdered. Immediately she falls under suspicion for she now receives the money and she is already married.Perry uses his usual deductions and tricks to save the young lady and her husband.If you enjoyed this Perry Mason title, you may be interested to know that Ankerwycke, the publishing arm of the American Bar Association is releasing in a new format all titles in the Perry Mason series for a very reasonable price.
  • (4/5)
    Only the second Perry Mason but most of the standard characters are already established --secretary Della Street, private detective Paul Drake,, though at this point Perry has a young legal side named Frank Everly , and the opposing D.A. is Claude Drumm, not Hamilton Burger. The "silky girl" Fran Celene is a wealthy heiress who is to lose her money if she maries without her trustee's approval by the age of 25. She has in fact secretly married (though she only tells Perry she wants to marry) and she consults Perry about invalidating that clause in her father's will. Perry talks to the trustee with no results, and he is murdered shortly afterwards. Naturally, she is suspected.
  • (3/5)
    A good fast read. He writes a good story. This one from the 30's is very colorful with the flavor of the age.
  • (4/5)
    I had heard of the Perry Mason novels and stories. I had read a few of the later ones - but had never read the early ones. And I had never watched the series. For years, I had been planning to pick a few of them and see if they are still readable - and never got around to it. I knew the main premise and I knew the main characters - so I knew what to expect - but style sometimes makes a book hard to read. So when I saw that one in the library, I decided that it is time to try. Now the big problem is that I want to read all of them... Perry Mason of this novel is an (almost) unknown lawyer that seems to be bending the rules to help his clients. And the client here is a young lady that will get her inheritance as long as she does not marry before she turns 25 (without the approval of the uncle anyway). But of course she does get married in secret, the uncle that has the power to stop her from getting the inheritance is murdered and things start getting complicated - especially when our heroine keep getting caught into lies. Despite it being an early novel, the main characters are fully realized - Della Street and Paul Drake are complete characters, even if some backstory is showing up here and there. Some of the characters that will show up later - such as the DA Hamilton Burger is not yet around; Drake had not moved into the same building yet. Knowing where the series will go makes it even more pleasurable to read such an early story - when Mason is not known by everyone and can pull quite a lot of stints. Of course, as any book written in the 30s, it shows its age in the attitudes towards minorities and women. But if you expect something else, you should not be reading classical mysteries.
  • (4/5)
    A bratty heiress wants to keep the news of her marriage a secret from the guardian who controls her purse strings, but when he's murdered, her groom is accused.