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The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister (Perry Mason #42)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  236 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Perry Mason was retained to protect the interests of the Bain family, who were being blackmailed with an audio confession of a crime they didn't commit. Mason manages to erase the recording right out from under their nose, but then finds himself defending Hattie Bain on a murder charge.

Mason's courtroom dramatics hit a high note when he produces a theory which changes the
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Mass Market Paperback, 212 pages
Published April 24th 1993 by Fawcett (first published 1953)
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Bobby Underwood
Mar 14, 2017 Bobby Underwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“She’s too busy stealing her sister’s boyfriend.” - Della Street

“No, she’s just giving her sex appeal its morning exercise.” - Perry Mason


The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister is one of Erle Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason novels written in the 1950s, when Gardner was at his zenith in the famous series. This one is surprisingly breezy, in spite of the usual complicated plot involving blackmail and eventually, murder, and a rather lengthy courtroom scene.

It begins like a horse jumping from the starting
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Girish
Nov 16, 2016 Girish rated it it was amazing
Brilliance! And am i glad, I kept this book for the last (in the series) :D

60% into the book Della remarks "The damnedest things happen to us! I feel like bawling". Sure enough, the book was one complete delight where Mason has to overcome - not just the DA office or the police, but also a Miss Fixit client who keeps throwing spanners into the machinery.

A new type blackmail gone wrong. Doctored tapes, unauthorised wires, search warrant against Perry, newspaper scandal and a brilliant discussion
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Ana
Mar 14, 2016 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gostei bastante do livro. O caso que deu origem à história é bastante interessante. Este advogado é de uma inteligência fora de série! A única coisa que não gostei tanto foi o final, achei que foi um bocadinho forçado e não me satisfez inteiramente mas, mesmo assim, gostei!
Angie
Dec 14, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it
I can't help but love these Perry Mason mysteries. Especially when Della is heavily involved (and even more so when she puts Perry tartly in his place) and Paul makes a strong appearance. I sometimes think that I would read about Perry and Della and Paul sitting around and eating lunch and chatting. No lie.
Vinod Jayachandran
Absolutely Flawless. Racy and Gripping from beginning to end.

Definitely recommend if you like suspense thrillers.
Mazeli Dee
Dec 26, 2016 Mazeli Dee rated it it was amazing
Well, I did not see that coming. ^_^
Bob
Mar 22, 2014 Bob rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I've been reading Gardner's Perry Mason books off and on for many years. Many years ago, I was an intense fan of the series, and read them all, at least once. Now, after a lot of water over the dam, I'm looking at them again.

Those who are used to really fine mystery writers, such as Ross Macdonald, may find the writing style here off-putting. It can be stiff and mechanical. Nonetheless, I still love the general setting: the characters of Perry, Della, Paul, Lt. Tragg, and Hamilton Berger. That,
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False Millennium
Ever since reading that Gardner dictated all of his books, it's easier to see how that is true when you are reading them. He gets very long winded and he's in serious need of an editor with a good, strong blue pencil. Some passages that go on forever (usually in the courtroom) need to be slashed at. Two sisters, a family with questionable motives. Perry puts his career on the line and oversteps the boundaries of a defense attorney, once again, to get to the bottom of things. I miss the early, fi ...more
Ed
Jun 08, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal, mystery
#42 in the Perry Mason series. The Green-Eyed Sister, who Della Street describes to Perry as "I think she'd cut your heart out for thirty-seven cents...", is a great character. She retains Perry to represent the Bain family against a blackmail plot that could cost them dearly.
But "Little Miss Fix-It" as Perry refers to her won't let him run the case and decides to release information to the police. Eventually, the blackmailer is killed and the other sister is arrested for the murder. "Little Mis
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JoAnne
May 21, 2014 JoAnne rated it liked it
Sylvia Atwood has come to Perry for help. Her father is being blackmailed. He started his successful business with money that was lent by a friend, JJ Fritch. Supposedly, Fritch stole this money from a bank. Perry wants to hear the recording that the blackmailer, Brogan, has alluding to Mr. Bain's admission of knowing the money was stolen. Perry is figuring the family's way out of this when Sylvia stumbles onto Fritch's dead body in Brogan apartment. The police then arrest Sylvia's sister Hattie ...more
Carlos
Jul 11, 2014 Carlos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un buen misterio que me tomó un par de días leerlo. Algo viejo por la temática pero Perry Mason sigue siendo Perry Mason. Un abogado de los buenos.

Aquí tenemos un par de hermanas que están envueltas en un caso de chantaje y solo la inteligencia de Mason evitará que terminen en la cárcel.

Nada como para hablarle a mi Madre a su casa pero aun asi ideal para esos dos dias que estuve solo en casa y me aburría de planchar, lavar, barrer, sacudir, dar de comer a los gatos y tender mi cama. Cualquier co
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Nicole
Mar 25, 2016 Nicole rated it liked it
Shelves: new-read
Although I've definitely seen this episode of Perry Mason a few times, but I couldn't remember the ending! The books have been fun to read and obviously go more in depth than the tv shows. I still picture the characters exactly like on tv, while reading. This story went a bit too much into the gory details of the corpse (they're all murder mysteries) and a bit too long in the courtroom for my taste, that's why I gave it a 3 star instead of a 4 star rating. The little touches that make these so 1 ...more
Stven
Feb 23, 2016 Stven rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite Perry Mason story. Unlike many of the books from the 1930s and 1940s, this one from 1953 has aged poorly. The business with the spliced tape recording and surreptitiously erasing it with a magnet feels very tired, and the business with the alibi is so obvious that it's lame. The surrounding personalities don't quite rescue the story. And what does "the polished side of a pencil" mean, anyway?
Lisa
Nov 30, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
Didn't like this one as much as some of the others, but still a good read. Because of certain occurances in this book, it should be read towards the end of any group of the Perry Mason books, but before the Grinning Gorilla.
Vincent Darlage
Oct 01, 2010 Vincent Darlage rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Interesting conclusion, but less satisfying than most of the books in the Perry Mason series - although he made Sgt. Holcomb look like a fool, Hamilton Burger wasn't on scene to be made into legal hamburger.
Amicus (David Barnett)
Sep 13, 2014 Amicus (David Barnett) rated it really liked it
I had seen the TV version of this before reading the book and the TV adaptation took even more liberties with the original than usual, even down to the identity of the killer.

Definitely this is one of Gardner's better Perry Mason stories with, as far a I could see, no loose ends.
Sriluckshmy
Mar 30, 2014 Sriluckshmy rated it it was ok
the story looks unfinished. I know the case finished and all but still...
Freya
Jan 07, 2015 Freya rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Mason novels have one thing for sure in common, the PYT's. There one for sure in every book and sometimes they are feisty ones like in this one!
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Erle Stanley Gardner was an American lawyer and author of detective stories who also published under the pseudonyms A.A. Fair, Kyle Corning, Charles M. Green, Carleton Kendrake, Charles J. Kenny, Les Tillray, and Robert Parr.

Innovative and restless in his nature, he was bored by the routine of legal practice, the only part of which he enjoyed was trial work and the development of trial strategy. I
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