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The Case of the Curious Bride

The Case of the Curious Bride


The Case of the Curious Bride

ratings:
4.5/5 (7 ratings)
Length:
6 hours
Released:
Nov 8, 2016
ISBN:
9781531826994
Format:
Audiobook

Description

After con man Greg Moxley married Rhoda Lorton, he took her money and flew-only to have his plane crash. Years later, Rhoda weds millionaire scion Carl Montaine. But now Moxley has turned up alive and well…with plans to pocket the Montaine fortune-or else make Rhoda's bigamy public. Desperate to protect the good name of Montaine, Rhoda seeks out Perry Mason. But before Mason can reel in Moxley, somebody murders the scheming blackmailer. In a case that abounds in lethal twists, Perry Mason suddenly finds himself on a collision course with a cold-blooded killer.

Released:
Nov 8, 2016
ISBN:
9781531826994
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)
    An early Perry Mason and not as stereotyped as some later became, though I enjoy even the stereotyped ones). A young woman whom Della Street immediately deduces is recently married comes to ask Perry about the status of a marriage to a man presumed dead, and about establishing a murder without a corpus delicti. She turns out to be Rhoda Lorton Mortane, formerly married and betrayed by a swindler named Gregory Lorton (real name Moxley) and now (perhaps) married to Mortane, a weak recovering addict, the son of a wealthy man back in Chicago. Her first husband (whom she had believed dead) has turned up trying to blackmail her; she does to meet him at 2 a.n. and shortly afterward he is found dead. She tells Perry she hit him, but doesn't know if she killed him -- the lights went out as she struck and she knew another man was there in the dark. A Doctor MiIlsap who claims to love Rhoda also says he was thee but did not kill Moxley either.
  • (4/5)
    Meet Rhoda. She claims not to have been recently married although Della thinks differently. And she spins a story about a friend asking about a first husband that had disappeared in an air crash and what her legal status will be (amongst other things). Perry does not buy the story, Rhoda is too proud to admit the truth and walks out and everything should have stopped there. Except that she left a retainer with Della and Perry is bored and curious so he decides to figure out what the whole story was. And then a man is found dead - a man that had appears to be married to Rhoda. Except that she is married to a millionaire's son now. And she swears she had not killed Moxley and that he was already dead when she got there. The police does not believe her, her father-in-law really does not like her and the things really do not look good for her. Except that she has Perry Mason - who is ready to cheat if needed. Add to this some legitimate investigation from both Paul Drake and Mason and a few just in time remarks from Della and the story is starting to emerge. I am not sure how ethical the trick Perry pulled - he technically did not break a law or lie but it was a bit closer to the line than I expected. He is a lawyer after all, the line is where he lives. And it was a great cheat anyway. Another good story in the series. Off to the next one.