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The Case Of The Crimson Kiss: A Perry Mason Novelette, And Other Stories (Perry Mason #84)

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189 pages
Published (first published 1970)
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B.R. Stateham
Aug 26, 2014 B.R. Stateham rated it liked it
A novelette, one of two, out of the Perry Mason double whammy, The Case of the Caution Coquette. Not bad. Some nice courtroom scenes. Some interesting twist and turns in investigating two apparently separate crimes that wind up being just one big, complex crime.

But the ending . . .oh my gosh! The ending is so confusing and contrived it almost killed the whole story for me. Still, I like the Perry Mason novels as a whole. The orginal Mason is so different that what has been portrayed on the smal
Nov 24, 2016 Don rated it really liked it
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Good book overall. Not the best but it was a good sampling of his other works. "The Case of the Crimson Kiss" was a good case. It felt a bit rushed but a good story. I think the best story was the desert story. "The Valley of Little Fears" had great pulp characters and great style.
"Crooked Lightning" had a great build-up but the climax left me wanting and re-reading the last page to see if I missed something of if that was really the end.
"Fingers of Fong" was another good detective yarn. That o
Oct 21, 2016 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good mystery, not one of his best. Plenty of plot twists and turns, a bit short on character development because of the short length of the story. Still, it was an entertaining read, which is what Perry Mason novels are all about! (read as an additional story contained in the Cautious Coquette)
Les Anderson
Jul 31, 2016 Les Anderson rated it really liked it
Not a bad collection of stories, although it's not for everyone.

The Case of the Crimson Kiss is one of the better Perry Mason mysteries. Trust Mason to pull a rabbit out of his hat in the courtroom.

Fingers of Fong is a little odd, although it probably didn't feel that way at the time it was written. There's a bit of deus ex machina at the end that turned me off completely.

The Valley of Little Fears is great!! I love stories like this. There's no mystery here, just a well-told story about fear. I
Aug 24, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it
Early short stories of Perry Mason creator, Erle Stanley Gardner, published in the pulps, accompanying an early Perry Mason novella. Lots of fun, and for Perry Mason fans, in addition to the novella, is a 50 page private eye caper featuring Jerry Marr - read At Arm's Length and see if Jerry doesn't sound a whole lot like Perry.

SS - Features the novella The Case of the Crimson Kiss (1948) in which Perry Mason clears his client, despite damning evidence in the victim's lovenest, through the lipsti
Nov 25, 2015 Girish rated it it was ok
Imagine short mysteries with characters you read about for 2 pages before having to back them for solving the case in 30 pages. This Novelette that includes one Perry Mason caselet among 5 short stories was not really my cup of tea.

Published posthumously, the book contains early writings of mystery and intrigue which feature unlikely heroes.

The case of the crimson kiss was crisp but an average mystery. In my mind, I imagined it to be a brief for a bigger book. Fingers of Fong was weird and Vall
Ani Vardanyan
Apr 06, 2012 Ani Vardanyan rated it it was amazing
What I like about detective stories in general is that when they're good firstly they are very absorbing: getting curious you read them very fast, secondly, the language is rather simple for a non-native speaker, so you're almost never interrupted to open a dictionary, and thirdly they're just interesting and enjoyable to read. :D :)) So, this one was one of the bests!
Jan 25, 2016 Donna rated it it was amazing
A Treasury of Great Mysteries This one was my favorite. I do need to find more Perry Mason stories. I passed so many up when going to book sales...who knew I'd like them!!
May 15, 2015 Freya rated it liked it
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I particularly enjoyed the Fingers of Fong and Gardner's detailing of the Oriental society in LA. Jerry Marr also made an impact with his fast wits and smart cheeky thinking.
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I enjoyed this short little novelette. Good clean resolution.
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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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