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The Case of the Perjured Parrot

The Case of the Perjured Parrot


The Case of the Perjured Parrot

ratings:
4/5 (6 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Released:
Jan 13, 2017
ISBN:
9781531827359
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Audiobook

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Description

Did Wealthy Fremont Sabin divorce his wife before his untimely death? That's the multimillion-dollar question. And the right answer will mean a windfall for either the dead man's angry son or headstrong widow. Each has accused the other of destroying Sabin's will-and murdering Sabin. But with no document declaring to whom the affable eccentric intended to leave his fortune, Perry Mason faces a prickly puzzle.

Even more puzzling, however, is the talking parrot. Casanova was Fremont Sabin's beloved pet. But the bird found at the crime scene proves to be a foul-mouthed impostor. Suffice it to say that more than a few feathers will be ruffled as Mason sets out to clip a clever killer's wings.

Released:
Jan 13, 2017
ISBN:
9781531827359
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook


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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  • (2/5)
    In "Perjured Parrot" a wealthy man is murdered and his parrot apparently knows the name of the killer, only the parrot wasn't in the room when he was killed, and both the man's soon to be ex-wife and his current new wife share the same first name. Perry does a brilliant job of cross examining Sargent Holcomb on the stand, first to show how faulty his interpretation of the evidence is, and then to get the real killer so scared of being caught he flees. This one had a really happy ending.
  • (3/5)
    We had stories with a cat, a dog and a canary. Now it is time for a story with a parrot. And this parrot is found next to a dead man - a very wealthy man who seems to have somewhat complicated personal life - two wives, named the same, not knowing about each other, knowing him under different names. Mason is hired by the son - expecting a legal battle from who he knows to be the wife; not even realizing that there is another wife as well. And in order for Mason to solve the murder and to find out what happened, he needs to untangle the personal life of the victim first. This is one of the very rare mysteries that do not take place in LA so we do not see the usual cast of adversaries for Mason (some of them make an appearance but it is a local cop and DA that go against him). The story is full of the usual references to the era it is written in and some of them are fascinating (the air travel schedules and the air travel details are... interesting for example) but the story as a whole is weaker - the coincidences are happening a bit too often. A decent entry but nowhere near the better ones I've read in the series. Still a good read though.
  • (5/5)
    Excellent mystery with a surprising twist at the end. Very well-written, interesting and likeable characters, intricate story. I especially liked how even Perry Mason was surprised at the end. While I had pretty much figured out who didn't commit the murder, I didn't figure out who did. It kept me guessing til the end.
  • (4/5)
    I read the Perry Mason books when I was a girl - a very long time ago. I loved them at that time and when I heard they were available for my Kindle I really wanted to try one and see if I would still like them I did! This was good story with great clues. By the end of the story I had figured out who did it and I loved getting there. Many of the characters and scenes are dated but I didn't care. I was involved with them anyway. I am certainly going to read some more of the series.
  • (5/5)
    Can a parrot be a witness in a murder case? What is it he says that makes the D.A. want him for a witness?

    Did the old man have two wives? Was his divorce final on the first one? Was his marriage legal to the second one? Why did he have two different names?

    These are some of the questions that come about in this case when Charles Sabin asks Perry Mason to find the murderer of Fremont Sabin.

    Perry, Della and Paul, once again find, themselves untangling the many threads that form this web of mystery around the murder of an eccentric millionair who prefers acting like someone who doesn't own much. With an aggressive cop who has a desire to catch Perry Mason off guard and sideline him and a local sheriff who may seem slow but really wants to be sure the facts are real, Perry has his hand full trying to solve this mystery and not get tangled up with the law.