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I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason (A Cece Caruso Mystery #1)

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It started with a case of writer’s block. Pretty, vivacious Cece Caruso turned to a life of crime after her divorce. But she’s neither breaking and entering nor running cons. Instead, she’s writing biographies of famous crime novelists, and now it’s Erle Stanley Gardner’s turn under Cece’s magnifying glass.

While the creator of Perry Mason had a
Mass Market Paperback, 280 pages
Published March 29th 2005 by Avon (first published 2004)
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Jun 25, 2013 David rated it really liked it
The title of this one grabbed me while shopping in a local used bookstore. I had never read this author before, but the title just sort of tickled my reading funny-bone and so I picked it up. I was NOT disappointed.

Cece Caruso's is a biographer by trade. As our story opens she is working on biographical material on Erle Stanley Gardner, the creator of Perry Mason as well as the private eye team of Bertha Cool and Donald Lam. (He also did quite a bit of pulp writing under a number of pen names-
Kat Lebo
Mar 27, 2016 Kat Lebo rated it it was amazing
I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason
by Susan Kandel

What a fun read this was! I'll admit I was drawn to it strictly on the basis of its name, but it lived up to that name by delivering a dandy mystery and a lot of fun along the way.

What did I like about it? That's easy. It was very well researched. The author cared enough about her work and about her readers to indulge in great editing/proofing. The characters are well fleshed out and fun. Lots of Erle Stanley Gardner information which was seamlessly
Jun 16, 2014 Dottie rated it did not like it
i really wanted to like this book since I liked Perry Mason and Raymond Burr. But I didn't like this book.

The author spends too much time giving me names of fashion designers as if that will give me clue what she's wearing or buying. I'm not up on fashion designer names so when she gives me a name instead of describing the clothes, I have no idea what she is talking about. Worse than that, WHY is the author spending SO much time worried about fashion?

This is a mystery (somewhere in the writing
Apr 20, 2007 Anne rated it really liked it
Another mystery series that is light and fun! These books takes place in Los Angeles and I love reading the descriptions of places I know. In this book, our main character, CeCe Karuso, is writing a biography of Earl Stanley Garner. Garner was the author of the Perry Mason books and live in Ventura, CA. Garner often received letters from real inmates, asking him to review their trial.

CeCe gets involved when she finds a letter that Garner received at the end of his life, and she takes over the i
Mar 14, 2017 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I bought this book sheerly for the title and loved it so much! Having been born and raised in Southern California, it was so interesting to me to read about locations I'm familiar with and learn more about them. I'm also a big fan of the Perry Mason books and I was fascinated to discover more about their author, Erle Stanley Gardner.
I will definitely be reading the rest of this series.
Jul 09, 2016 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cece Caruso, vintage clothing fashionista and lover of classic mysteries, should be in her element facing the looming deadline to turn in her sixth manuscript -- a biography of Erle Stanley Gardner, lawyer, author, and mostly famously, the creator of Perry Mason. But her subject eludes her, and in search of inspiration to bring the object of her latest tome to life, she seeks inspiration from the "hard case" letters in his archives -- the incarcerated seeking his help. One case catches her eye - ...more
Apr 02, 2010 Susan rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Some books grab a hold of you, get in your head, and make you keep reading so you can get to the end. You may not necessarily like what happens in the story, but you have trouble putting the book down till you know how it ends. I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason is not one of those books. For a who-dunnit/mystery, this is not a good thing. The story is cute enough: a divorced biographer obsessed with vintage couture comes across a decades old murder case in Ventura, CA. Suspecting that the man serv ...more
May 21, 2013 Marcia rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I'm a fan of the original Perry Mason show and have read a number of Earl Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason books so I enjoyed all the biographic and geographic references as the main character Cece Caruso pursued writing her ESG biography. The mystery part was sort of generic but OK for a murder mystery. Cece and her cast of characters were interesting but a little busy - she's a writer/biographer, and she's into fashion, and shopping, and she has a whole cast of characters including family, friend ...more
Apr 12, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Wasn't sure I would like this one, despite how much I enjoyed the title, but I was pleasantly surprised. The title character is a biographer who, in this selection, is writing about Erle Stanley Gardner (author of Perry Mason). I'm sure that's what drew me to the book because I do love Gardner's Perry Mason novels. The main character is also interested in fashion...more that I care to know, but I do like her style. She just can't resist a mystery and takes you along with her, mostly into trouble ...more
Mar 01, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title caught my eye, since I'm a big Perry Mason fan. The story is about a woman writing a biography of Erle Stanley Gardner, who gets caught up in an old murder mystery. A man, claiming to be wrongly convicted of murdering his wife, wrote to ESG, asking for help with his case. Cece, the biographer, believes the man's story, and thinks looking into his case will provide her with good material for her book. Of course, she gets in over her head the more she investigates. I liked the characters ...more
Sep 24, 2007 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery, 2004, 280 pgs
CHARACTERS: Cece Caruso/writer
COMMENTS: Cece is divorced, late 30's, loves vintage clothing and has one married daughter. She writes biographies for mystery authors and is currently working on Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason series). While doing research she comes across an unresolved murder case from 40+ years ago. Very good debut!
The title of this book initially caught my eye, and the book itself did not disappoint. of course, as a teenager in the age of reruns, I LOVED Perry Mason. The author does a great job interspersing tidbits about Erle Stanley Gardner and Perry Mason throughout the narrative. The narrator, Cece, just pops off the page. I hate to use this term, but the book just zings. looking forward to reading more from this series and author.
Feb 19, 2009 Patty rated it really liked it
I loved the theme, love Perry Mason, and the mystery was fun. I think it was a little rough in places, mostly in trying to establish the heroine, Cece. I'll also admit to caring less about what she is wearing, whether it is jeans or a 1940's pouf dress. Although I know a lot of people love those details, to me they just drag down the story. I'll keep reading because the rest of the titles are just as interesting as the Perry Mason and will continue to ignore the dress details.
Mar 11, 2013 Tiffeny rated it liked it
I got this book off the "Recommend" Table at the library. It was pretty fluffy, but a fun read. The characters were likable, and the author's writing was witty. There were some unexpected twists and turns in the mystery. Sounds like it's the beginning of a series of books and I'll probably pick up another one.

Jun 17, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it
A fun and fluffy mystery about a biographer who gets caught up in a decades-old murder case. Suspend some disbelief (Most of the players are still alive? They remember? A 5'11" woman can wear all these vintage clothes?) and enjoy.
Apr 28, 2016 Heidi rated it really liked it
Cute, but predictable. Loved the description of the vintage clothes the main character is obsessed with, tho!
Jan C
Mar 07, 2009 Jan C rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, california
I think what I liked about this book is that Cece takes us through her research process when she is writing a biography of Erle Stanley Gardner and gets caught up in a case that he had worked on.
Sep 14, 2010 Ladiibbug rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone!
#1 Cece Caruso cozy mystery series

Smart, witty, funny, and packed with delightful and interesting Perry Mason and Erle Stanley Gardner (author of the Perry Mason mysteries) trivia, I adored this book! This is a humorous cozy, but not too fluffy or cutesy. It is very well written!

Cece Caruso is working on an Erle Stanley Gardner ("ESG")biography. Her research takes her to Ventura, California, an hour north of her home in L.A. ESG lived in Ventura, where he practiced law and wrote his Perry Mason
Carole Griffith
Feb 22, 2017 Carole Griffith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A whirlwind

The book speed along quickly leaving the reader breathless. Interesting for Perry Manson fans and Earl S. Gardner. I enjoyed it.
Mia Parviainen
May 20, 2013 Mia Parviainen rated it liked it
I used to watch "Perry Mason" a lot during college because it aired on one of our local stations that had a lot of classic TV episodes. Someone gave me this book as a gift because of my interest in mysteries and the show. Fans of Perry Mason will appreciate Kandel's sprinkling of facts about Erle Stanley Gardner throughout the book as the protagonist, biographer-turned-sleuth Cece Caruso, works on writing a volume about the mystery writer's life. At first, Cece thinks that she is merely writing ...more
Feb 11, 2012 Connie rated it liked it
I DREAMED I MARRIED PERRY MASON by Susan Kandel is 280 pages in paperback. This is #1 in A Cece Caruso Mystery.

Brief Description:

"Ever since I left my sorry excuse for a husband. I've made my living writing biographies of mystery writers. For the last twelve months, I've been working on Erle Stanley Gardner. Perry Mason has stolen my life."

Everybody in Los Angeles has problems. Former New Jersey beauty queen Cece Caruso has a ton. In addition to a bad case of writer's block and trying to save he
It's well researched, this mystery. I'll give it that. The lady, Cece Caruso, is a biographer by trade. She writes biographies of mystery authors. The man she's currently working on, as the name indicates, is Erle Stanley Gardner. Luckily enough, Gardner was a fascinating man in real life, so everything that Cece referred to while solving the mystery was great. The mystery is quite good too, and I liked Cece Caruso sometimes.

But only in parts. There were a few throwaway parts to Cece that made m
Kevin Polman
May 13, 2016 Kevin Polman rated it it was amazing
Susan Kandel’s I DREAMED I MARRIED PERRY MASON is a fun read for fans of mysteries that have both humor and literary quality writing. Cece Caruso (the main character of a series of books by Kandel) is the intelligent, wise-cracking, and very likable protagonist.

Kandel’s novel has a unique plot that fuses a fictional murder mystery with plenty of nonfictional biographical material from the life and career of Perry Mason’s creator, Erle Stanley Gardner. As a fan of both Gardner’s books and the Ray
Jun 25, 2016 Ian rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy
The first of the Cece Caruso Mysteries.

Introducing Cece Caruso divorcee, mother to married daughter Annie and biographer to authors of the past.

While going through documents of the late Erle Stanley Gardner, author of the Perry Mason books, who was also a lawyer with the same court room etiquette as he had given his character. Gardner in later life also created the 'Court of Last Resort' for people who were severing sentences for crimes they claimed they didn't commit. Cece discovers a letter f
Sep 15, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
This is the first book in this series and like the later Hitchcock-themed book that I read first, it is a fast-paced, slightly madcap romp through a few days in the life of our heroine. I'm not sure it's a full "4", but I'd rate it at least a "3.5". The author does a pretty credible job of weaving in the backstory of Cece and her friends and family to the main plot. It feels far less forced than other books I've read that have a colorful "supporting cast". But it's no television ensemble show, C ...more
Jun 04, 2016 Teri-K rated it it was ok
I read the Nancy Drew book several years ago and liked it well enough to put the series on the radar for future reading. So when this book showed up on OverDrive I was happy to try it. It doesn't hurt that I was a Perry Mason (b&w TV) fan from years back. As a young girl I used to go to Grandmother's house after school and sometimes I could watch Rocky and Bullwinkle and reruns of Perry Mason. Happy days. :)

Unfortunately this book was uneven. There are interesting facts about ESG and some in
Sue Horn
Jan 10, 2015 Sue Horn rated it it was amazing
I know my personal affinity to this one may be do to my affinity for Perry Mason as well. I read this one a year and a half ago, when I was in a fog over my husband's sudden passing. Walking the treadmill and seeing Cece (Susan Kandel's protagonist) doggedly dig up clues about Erle Stanley Gardner and Perry Mason, well, I loved it and her. I somehow felt that Alberto had sent me this gift of a "new" book about some old favorite themes with a female protagonist who would not let life beat her dow ...more
Jun 09, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it
Shelves: e-read
Cece Carusoe is at it again. This time she is researching for a biography of Erle Stanley Gardner the creator of the world famous Perry Mason. Gardner was a lawyer in addition to being an author. Cece has discovered a case that was brought up before the "Court of Last Resort" that was never completed so she decides to follow up. She is given a push by the prison chaplin and a man in prison for the murder of his wife. Her goal is to prove that he did not commit the murder. Cece is also trying to ...more
Oct 20, 2014 Spotsalots added it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I picked this up at the local book exchange with mild hesitation that it might prove annoying rather than fun light reading. Fortunately, it proved to be a reasonably entertaining example of its genre. The main character is a Los Angeles divorcee who has developed a career of writing biographies of famous crime writers, and in this book she's writing about Erle Stanley Gardner. Much to her surprise, this leads to investigating an actual cold-case murder.

The book can be considered a cozy, althou
Jul 09, 2013 Danelley rated it really liked it
I like this author's writing style. I think the second book in the series, Not Another Girl Detective with Nancy Drew, was better. This book had mystery but not much else. However, I think maybe she wrote this book in the style of a Perry Mason, and I haven't read any Perry Mason books yet. Maybe that's my problem. (Maybe I'll have to read some now!) I have read a few Nancy Drews and am familiar with the format. I think I'll have to try the Agatha Christie version next, I've read a lot of those! ...more
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Susan Kandel is the author of the critically acclaimed, L.A. Times-bestselling Cece Caruso mysteries, the most recent of which, DIAL H FOR HITCHCOCK (Harper, 2009) was named one of the five best mysteries of the year by NPR. Her upcoming book, DREAM A LITTLE DEATH, is the first in the Dreama Black series, and will be published by William Morrow's Witness Impulse in 2017.

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