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The Case of the Horrified Heirs Hardcover – 1964


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: WALTER J BLACK (1964)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688012647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688012649
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,728,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Fraser on 16 Nov. 2013
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all perry mason stories are a good read and horrified heirswasno exception,it was fully enjoyed from start to finish,would fully recommend to all pm fans.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Mar. 1999
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I read this book in just over a day for one reason, I could not put it down. In this book, we're treated to two court cases, good character development, and even Perry Mason at his most devious. To be shocked by a book reflects its quality, but to be shocked, surprised, and delighted suggests that it is very fine indeed.
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By Amazon Customer on 16 Feb. 2015
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Very good book i enjoyed it
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The case of the horrified heirs 2 April 2000
By Anitha John - Published on Amazon.com
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Erle stanley gardener is a master at weaving a web of suspense around his readers. Like all the other Perry Mason books, this one too, holds your interest till the last pages. It is very difficult to guess at the identity of the murderer in his books, which of course contributes to the fun.
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Another Puzzling Mystery 19 Oct. 2005
By Acute Observer - Published on Amazon.com
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The Case of the Horrified Heirs

"Murder is a product of greed, avarice, hate, revenge, or perhaps fear." [No mention of love or sex here.] Lauretta Trent is in the hospital because of stomach problems. The Trent residence is a big house with Lauretta's sisters and husbands, plus housekeeper, maid, cook, chauffeur, and nurse. Lauretta's Doctor Alton warns her that gastroenteric upsets can damage her heart. Virginia Baxter arrives at the airport. The police got a tip, opened her baggage, and found narcotics! So she calls Perry Mason. The presence of a photographer makes this a lot more sinister. Virginia did not give permission for the search. More important, the contraband narcotics put her bags over the recorded weight limit! Judge Albert dismisses the case. More photographs are take to give publicity to the dismissal. Perry learns that Virginia refused to give her husband a divorce, and advises her to wipe the slate clean. But a stranger asks questions about her former law firm, and the story takes a new turn. When Virginia learns of interest shown in the records from her former law firm, she calls Perry Mason again. [This story is a lead-in to Lauretta Trent.]

This story will tell you about when a copy of a will can be used for the original. Also why the symptoms of arsenic poisoning are often overlooked (Chapter 9). Perry has surmised the intent of "George Menard", and Virginia takes part in setting a trap. When Dr. Alton gets samples the test for arsenic is positive. They travel to warn Lauretta Trent, but she has gone away on a ride with her chauffeur. Virginia is lured away to a Malibu motel, but no one shows up. Then we learn that Lauretta Trent's car was hit and fell over a cliff into the ocean; her body wasn't found. The smashed fender on Virginia's car links her to this accident. And so Virginia Baxter is arrested for murder. In Chapter 19 Perry steps back to try to look at the big picture on Virginia Baxter. The questions here have obvious answers, but are they the right answers?

Perry Mason explains the difference between a doctor and a lawyer. A doctor can't get too wrapped up in his patients, some have incurable diseases. But a lawyer can better his client if he knew exactly what to do (Chapter 20). The discussion between Perry and Della leads Perry to think of another reason to frame Virginia. Perry's hunch and investigation lead to a solution from the person involved in the frame-ups (Chapter 22). [It also tells something about the informer system.] In the last chapter the missing pieces of the puzzle come together. This is a good story, but the ending is a little too cute or forced. Like most of Gardner's novels, it will keep you in suspense to the end.
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The case of the missing page 21 Sept. 2010
By S. Holmes - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first Perry Mason novel I have read. I was not dissappointed.
However ... page 14 has mysteriously vanished! On the overleaf of page 13
appears page 87! The book has no page 14, but two page 87s.
Where is Perry when you need him?
This is another good mystery story by Erle Stanley Gardner 17 Sept. 2014
By Gramma May - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another good mystery story by Erle Stanley Gardner. I especially like his Perry Mason series. I like to try to figure out who 'dunnit' before I get to the end of the book. I failed this time. There was one thing that Perry Mason does that was not entirely ethical, which surprised me. Alto the series was written years ago you would not realize it, except for the mention of the rotary phone and the manual typewriter! I will read it again at some later date. I liked it that well.
Love it 28 Jan. 2014
By Yun - Published on Amazon.com
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I know that a lot of people is not a big fan of Perry Mason because this series focuses more on the court part than other detective novels. But I am a really big fan of this series. I got all the books of Perry Mason and love each of them.
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