Author: Erle Stanley Gardner
Back-of-the-Book Description: None available; basically a waitress comes to Perry Mason about finding a cache of money in her Aunt's hatboxes, and asks him what to do. As usual, a few days later what started out as a bit of worry turns into an (almost) murder mystery, where once again Perry Mason proves he's totally awesome.
My Description: I wish all lawyers were like Perry Mason, but honestly, I don't see how he can afford it. He practically bought the girl a car and helped her out for almost nothing at the beginning... I wouldn't find this odd, except in almost all of his cases he does this, and so I begin to wonder where he gets all the money...? Still, if he has it, then that whole thing makes Perry even cooler.
The mystery this time was super crazy, with all sorts of odd things happening... They missed explaining one thing, (the going store to store to save a few cents but spending dollars on taxi cabs) but I might have missed the answer. Besides that this case was as wonderful as the others, filled with heart-pounding suspense (and I mean literally. I almost screamed at one point) and Perry turning it all around at the last minute.
One slightly annoying thing I noticed throughout the series is that Mr. Gardner has a tendency to repeat things. In some cases that's cool, like if you've forgotten who a certain character was, but when Perry says(I italicised the repetition),
"Would you mind if we looked at it?"
"Not at all. But you'll have to go all the way back down the stairs to the front door, then climb two more flights of stairs."
"I'd like to take a look," Mason said. "It's unfurnished?"
"I'd like to get and idea of the way it's laid out. It has the same floor plan as this one?"
"May we look?"
Stuff like that happens in the book lots of times, and it gets a little irritating. But besides that, I loved this book, just like I loved all the others and I'd definitely recommend it to mystery lovers!
Reading Time: Two days
Recommendations: To anyone who likes mysteries, or Perry Mason fans (book or TV series; doesn't matter... I personally started with the show, then read some of the books).
Writing Rating: 7
Story Rating: 7 1/2
Overall Rating: 8
Book #23 of '09, Book #73 of all