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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus; New edition edition (24 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842320955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842320952
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.4 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erle Stanley Gardner was born in Massachusetts in 1889 and died in 1970. He was the master of American mystery fiction. Gardner was a civil rights lawyer before becoming an author and as a result his plots contain intricate, twisting plots. These are whodunits in the very best tradition. In a career that spanned five decades, Gardner wrote 146 books, 85 of which feature the famous lawyer Perry Mason. The fictional attorney became the basis of a popular TV series, achieving an enviable record for winning his cases. At the height of his popularity in the 1960s Gardner was selling an amazing average of 26,000 copies of his novels a day.

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By Peter Reeve VINE VOICE on 11 Jun 2005
Format: Paperback
The Perry Mason novels have the same pattern you see in the TV series; the complicated, not-too-gory homicide, involving a host of suspects including at least one beautiful woman, followed by a trial that ends with Mason exposing the true culprit. Paul Drake and Della Street are like you see them on TV, but Mason is a much livelier character than Raymond Burr's rather monolithic and staid portrayal. This Mason grins a lot - Burr never managed more than a wry smile - and freely uses words like "Hell" and "damn". Also, in this story, there is no Tragg or Hamilton Burger.
"The Case of the Stepdaughter's Secret", a case of murder aboard a private yacht, is standard fare, with a not particularly elegant solution but a good central idea. Stop and think hard about what actually happened on the boat and you should get it. It is rather neat.
It is quite funny how the courtroom procedure goes from realistic to farcical - just as in the TV series - as Mason gets away with evidence tampering and inadmissible testimony. To enjoy a Perry Mason story you just have to tolerate those liberties. Good, light reading for the beach, poolside or cruise.
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The Case of the Lively Lawyer 24 Aug 2003
By Peter Reeve - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Perry Mason novels have the same pattern you see in the TV series; the complicated, not-too-gory homicide, involving a host of suspects including at least one beautiful woman, followed by a trial that ends with Mason exposing the true culprit. Paul Drake and Della Street are like you see them on TV, but Mason is a much livelier character than Raymond Burr's rather monolithic and staid portrayal. This Mason grins a lot - Burr never managed more than a wry smile - and freely uses words like "Hell" and "damn". Also, in this story, there is no Tragg or Hamilton Burger.
"The Case of the Stepdaughter's Secret", a case of murder aboard a private yacht, is standard fare, with a not particularly elegant solution but a good central idea. Stop and think hard about what actually happened on the boat and you should get it. It is rather neat.
It is quite funny how the courtroom procedure goes from realistic to farcical - just as in the TV series - as Mason gets away with evidence tampering and inadmissible testimony. To enjoy a Perry Mason story you just have to tolerate those liberties. Good, light reading for the beach, poolside or cruise.
Murder on a Yacht 22 Aug 2005
By Ray Stephanson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Case of the Stepdaughter's Secret

The 'Foreword' is dedicated to James Davis, the District Attorney of Siskiyou County who refused to prosecute two men on a murder charge. This meant the end of his career, and a special prosecutor who found them guilty. Later the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. When a group investigated the facts, the defendants were released on parole. But James Davis had died before this vindication.

Perry Mason and Della Street await a visit from Harlow Bissinger Bancroft, a wealthy industrialist. He has a secret past that could embarass him, and has a letter from a blackmailer. Perry offers advice, and a plan to foil the blackmailers (Chapter 1). Paul Drake and his operatives will effect Perry's plan for the money. This plan works, but there is a glitch. Then more complications arise. Bancroft's step-daughter Rosena Andrews also has a secret that she wants kept hidden. That person has a connection to a blackmailer. A blackmailer meets Mrs. Bancroft on their yacht, a gun is fired, a body goes into the water. Now Perry has a difficult case on his hands. This story has advice on handling blackmail that is still valid (Chapter 14).

The police find the missing yacht, and the body. The Bancrofts keep their lips zipped until their attorney is present. The rest of the book explains how Perry deals with the red-hot potato dropped on his plate. It has the fast-paced twists and surprises expected in a Perry Mason case. It also tells of the hidden flaws in the lives of the rich.

The surprise ending follows the convention that a guilty person was known for doing wrong earlier. The question here is which one. This story has examples of the unreliability of an eye-witness when the testimony can't be corroborated. Or how undiscovered evidence can alter assumptions. This story, and other events was followed by a more thorough search of crime scenes.
Secrets Invite Blackmail 19 Nov 2010
By Nash Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Erle Stanley Gardner's THE CASE OF THE STEPDAUGHTER'S SECRET is a top notch Perry Mason twister.
A wealthy man comes to Perry Mason to obtain his help to protect his stepdaughter from being blackmailed about a secret from his past. But as with any good mystery nothing is as it seems and the stepdaughter is protecting not her father, but the family of the young man she intends to wed.
From there the twists begin, which unravel in the courts.
Nash Black, author of HAINTS.
When all possible avenues are exhausted.... 8 Dec 2013
By Vijayakrishna S - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A typical Perry Mason courtroom drama where once again the famous lawyer proves an open and shut case against his client might not be what it seems. Worth a one-time read.
Secret did not seem very convincing 19 Sep 2013
By suga - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
An avid Erle Stanley Gardner fan particulalrly his Perry Mason series I could not say I did not like the book. Four star is the minimum for me. Compared to the most Mason books this one did not have much court room drama. The outside court room events were somewhat over stretched - the adventures suit a field detective not Mason. Finally the secret that bothered the stepdaughter and her mother did not seem very convincing. I cannot refute the nice way of Gardner's presentation of a case therefore could not help finishing the book in one go but in the end felt somewhat dissatisfied - so no five star.
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