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The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe

The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe


The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe

ratings:
4/5 (7 ratings)
Length:
6 hours
Released:
Jan 13, 2017
ISBN:
9781531827311
Format:
Audiobook

Description

After her well-to-do Aunt Sarah is caught shoplifting, Virginia Trent is convinced she needs to seek psychiatric help for kleptomania. So why does Virginia turn to legal eagle Perry Mason? Because a cache of valuable diamonds-left in Sarah's care-has suddenly vanished into thin air.

Virginia thinks Sarah swiped the stones, but gem dealer Austin Cullens begs to differ. In fact, he's prepared to forgive and forget-until he is mysteriously murdered and Sarah is caught running from the crime scene. Now it appears the lady with the sticky fingers may have blood on her hands.

Released:
Jan 13, 2017
ISBN:
9781531827311
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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  • (3/5)
    Sarah Breel is observed by Perry Mason to be shoplifting. When she is about to be arrested by a security guard, Mason intervenes and prevents the arrest. Later that day, Sarah is accused of the murder of her brother's associate in trading in diamonds. Sarah claims no memory of any of the events that surround the shooting even though her presence is known because as she fled the scene she was hit by a car and suffered a concussion.Mason uses his usual court room tricks to unravel the prosecutor's steel tight case by casting doubt on a police officer's testimony about whether or not he mixed up the bullets from two guns and two different murders as well as suggesting there were two other people including Sarah's niece who could have committed the crimes.At the conclusion of the novel, we learn who shot the crooked diamond dealer but the court and the police do not since it was Sarah's niece who killed him in self defense and in Mason's opinion it would be very difficult to defend as she shot the man in his own house.
  • (4/5)
    If you think that malls were invented in our times, you will be surprised - department stores used to have restaurants (or tea rooms) in them since at least the 30s. And when Della and Perry are caught in the rain, they decide to eat their lunch in one of them. Of course, they manage to meet some interesting people and get in the a middle of a bit of a legal issue (no bodies this time) and at the end they end up with a new client. One of the women they met in the store, the young niece Virginia, comes to Mason's office the next day with a story of diamonds and a missing person. The case does not seem to match what Mason usually handles - until some bodies start showing up. Add a gun, a mysterious owner of the diamonds and Sergeant Holcomb, who being his usual gruff self almost makes the case for Mason and bloody shoes and there are too many things pointing to the wrong people. The novel ends up with one of those powerful courtroom scenes that Gardner excels at. It makes it a stronger novel although I missed the usual sleuthing - in order to have the last scenes, some of it had to be shorter.