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The Case of the Crooked Candle (Arcturus Crime Classics) (Perry Mason Mystery) [Paperback]

Erle Stanley Gardner
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15 Mar 2012 Perry Mason Mystery
An insurance claim after a traffic accident alerts Perry Mason to the possibility of double-dealing concerning a parcel of land. He negotiates a very large settlement for his client, but then a wealthy businessman is found dead on his yacht and Perry is asked to defend against a charge of murder the man who paid the money to settle the insurance claim. Beautifully presented with striking artwork and stylish yet easy-to-read type, avid readers of crime will love reading this gripping, well-written thriller. The appetite for traditional crime fiction has never been stronger, and Arcturus Crime Classics aim to introduce a new generation of readers to some of the great crime writing of the 20th century - especially the so-called 'golden era'.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Ltd (15 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848585802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848585805
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 579,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Perry Mason On The Case 6 May 2012
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Like most people I have seen Perry Mason on the telly countless times, especially as I spent years doing shift work, but this is the first time I have ever read any of the novels. This novel was first published in 1944.

For Mason it started as a simple case in helping a couple get compensation for a car accident, but Mason is suspicious of the other party. If he hadn't decided to look further after the compensation is paid he would have had a quiet week. Probing and snooping around Mason suddenly finds himself caught up in a murder investigation and representing the prime suspect.

This is an easy story to get into and is quite a fast read, where it really shines though is in the court room scenes, where Perry Mason runs rings around his opponent. Will he get to the bottom of the case, or will he find himself losing? This is a good enjoyable read and should give anyone some entertainment, especially in the way that Mason seems to hold his cards close to his chest, letting out things here and there, rather like Sherlock Holmes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Perry Mason Fans 18 Nov 2013
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A great piece of writing, which despite some of the Americanisms and idioms moves at a pace, and one that I had not seen on TV.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANDREW VIEW. 10 Aug 2013
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ONCE AGAIN A GOOD READ AS ALL PERRY MASON STORIES ARE,YOU KNOW THE OUTCOME BUT ENJOY PERRYS PAIN IN GETTING THEIR.
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5.0 out of 5 stars crooked candle, crooked behaviour 8 Mar 2013
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Erle Stanley Gardner invest in the understanding of the low and high tides and the corresponding effect of gravity on a simple candle...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Puzzle of the Second Stain 28 Feb 2007
By Acute Observer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Case of the Crooked Candle

A big truck came to a sudden stop and a car with Mr. Arthur Bickley and wife Sarah ran into it. This couple went to see Perry Mason. The company name can not be found. But their law firm called and offered a settlement. Perry gets his clients a much larger sum - the truck company wants a quick settlement. Perry remembers another client connected to this company (Chapter 1). Investigator Paul Drake learns some strange news about the Karakul Company. Perry wants more information. He tries to contact Fred Milfield, the owner. Perry meets his wife Daphne. Then Lieutenant Tragg shows up - Fred has been murdered (Chapter 3)! In Chapter 5 Carol Burbank drives the car to lose any tails. But she and Perry do not find her father at the motel. When they stop at a favorite restaurant they find Roger Burbank with Lt. Tragg (Chapter 6).

Perry gets Drake's report and goes to see Harry Van Nuys. He learns more about Daphne and Fred Milfield (Chapter 8). They find Douglas Burwell has left San Francisco and come to Los Angeles. They visit Douglas and get his story (Chapter 10). Then they go to visit the sheepherder living on Skinner Hills, and learn about Palermo's visit to Milfield's yacht, where the body was found (Chapter 11). When Della goes to meet Carol they meet a stranger who isn't a real friend (Chapter 13). Della shows she knows something about her rights (Chapter 14). It seems that Della's aid to Carol has landed her in hot water. Carol Burbank finally tells Perry the truth (Chapter 15). Then Lt. Tragg shows up to arrest her for Fred's murder.

The Preliminary Hearing starts in Chapter 16. This brings out all the testimony of the witnesses. A photograph shows a candle with wax on each side of the candle - it was perpendicular when burning. In Chapter 17 a timeline of the tides is used to correlate it to the known facts. When the boat tilted over the body would slide to the bottom at low tide, but wound not return when the boat leveled. Discrepancies of testimony result from witnesses who sometimes lie; the murderer will always lie. When Perry and Della visit the yacht to test the effect of low tide an unknown visitor shows up (Chapter 18). In the judge's chambers Perry comes up with an explanation for the second blood stain! The re-investigation clears Perry's clients.

This book has the usual movement and events in a 'Perry Mason' story, but the plot seems below Gardner's usual standards. The background tells about life in 1944 Los Angeles (a hint about butter rationing).
3.0 out of 5 stars The Puzzle of the Second Stain 19 July 2006
By Acute Observer - Published on Amazon.com
A big truck came to a sudden stop and a car with Mr. Arthur Bickley and wife Sarah ran into it. This couple went to see Perry Mason. The company name can not be found. But their law firm called and offered a settlement. Perry gets his clients a much larger sum - the truck company wants a quick settlement. Perry remembers another client connected to this company (Chapter 1). Investigator Paul Drake learns some strange news about the Karakul Company. Perry wants more information. He tries to contact Fred Milfield, the owner. Perry meets his wife Daphne. Then Lieutenant Tragg shows up - Fred has been murdered (Chapter 3)! In Chapter 5 Carol Burbank drives the car to lose any tails. But she and Perry do not find her father at the motel. When they stop at a favorite restaurant they find Roger Burbank with Lt. Tragg (Chapter 6).

Perry gets Drake's report and goes to see Harry Van Nuys. He learns more about Daphne and Fred Milfield (Chapter 8). They find Douglas Burwell has left San Francisco and come to Los Angeles. They visit Douglas and get his story (Chapter 10). Then they go to visit the sheepherder living on Skinner Hills, and learn about Palermo's visit to Milfield's yacht, where the body was found (Chapter 11). When Della goes to meet Carol they meet a stranger who isn't a real friend (Chapter 13). Della shows she knows something about her rights (Chapter 14). It seems that Della's aid to Carol has landed her in hot water. Carol Burbank finally tells Perry the truth (Chapter 15). Then Lt. Tragg shows up to arrest her for Fred's murder.

The Preliminary Hearing starts in Chapter 16. This brings out all the testimony of the witnesses. A photograph shows a candle with wax on each side of the candle - it was perpendicular when burning. In Chapter 17 a timeline of the tides is used to correlate it to the known facts. When the boat tilted over the body would slide to the bottom at low tide, but wound not return when the boat leveled. Discrepancies of testimony result from witnesses who sometimes lie; the murderer will always lie. When Perry and Della visit the yacht to test the effect of low tide an unknown visitor shows up (Chapter 18). In the judge's chambers Perry comes up with an explanation for the second blood stain! The re-investigation clears Perry's clients.

This book has the usual movement and events in a 'Perry Mason' story, but the plot seems below Gardner's usual standards. The background tells about life in 1944 Los Angeles (a hint about butter rationing).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder on a Yacht, Riddle of the Crooked Candle 14 Jan 2004
By APRICOT - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Unbound
24th Perry Mason Mystery written in 1944. You can enjoy very complicated mystery entangled with various circumstantial evidence (a crooked candle, the tide, the corpse's position, blood-stained footprints and so on) and time element.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story 16 Jun 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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A usual fast paced mystery that Perry Mason solves. I remember that one if the TV plots was adapted from this book. If you enjoy a fast paced mystery without a lot of unnecessary words thrown in you'll like this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Grrrrrrreat 21 April 2014
By Bonnie McCurry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Perry Mason is the best lawyer of all time. I loved the TV show and have always loved the books.
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