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The Case Of The Footloose Doll (Perry Mason #55)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  445 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Engaged to a dynamic young go-getter on his way up the corporate ladder, secretary Mildred Crest was riding high. Until her prince charming embezzled company funds and skipped town, leaving Mildred with nothing but a ring on her finer and egg on her face. Now all she wants is to start life over again. And when a fateful drive leads to the death of a lone hitchhiker, Mildre ...more
Published by William Morrow (first published 1958)
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Dec 20, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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#56 in the Perry Mason series. A young woman is living under an assumed identity having made off with the other woman's purse after a fatal auto accident. She goes to Mason when she is accosted by a blackmailer. After there is subsequently a murder she is accused and Mason defends her. DA Hamilton Burger is particularly vicious this time around swearing in support of a near-sighted eye-witness' testimony in direct conflict with that of Mason's secretary, Della Street. Surprise after surprise get ...more
I really enjoyed this Perry Mason book. It seems like a straightforward mystery but grows more complicated as the story continues, and the courtroom scenes are the best part.

A young office worker named Mildred finds out on the same day that her boyfriend is breaking up with her and that he was an embezzler. Distraught and mortified, she goes for a drive and picks up a hitchhiker named Fern Driscoll. They end up in a car accident and Fern dies. Mildred takes on her identity, wanting to disappear
Victoria Mixon
At first I thought this must have been one of his early books because, even though there is a whole series of exciting developments in the first few pages, they are all introduced along the lines of, "And then the really big blow fell."

But that was only in the first few pages. And they really were exciting developments.

The rest of it's a classic Perry Mason/Della Street/Paul Drake adventure, complete with burning cars and the right kind of coincidence (the kind that makes things worse for the ch
J.L. Rallios
Oct 11, 2015 J.L. Rallios rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun Perry Mason mystery in which the famous lawyer extricates his client Mildred Crest with brilliant deductions and a strategic courtroom defense from the consequences of her own impulsive deceptions. The mystery-part was lightweight (overall predictable), but there was a twist at the end that was surprising and satisfying. A fast, entertaining read that I highly recommend for Perry Mason mystery lovers like myself.
Les Anderson
Jun 17, 2016 Les Anderson rated it it was amazing
Gardner sure did a good job of making the defendant sympathetic. Right from the beginning, I felt empathy for her. What a great twist to the ending too, never saw it coming.
Mar 12, 2015 Freya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The story was engaging but not simple at all. Lots of twists and complications. The solution of the mystery came out of the blue. Didn't see this one coming!
Reading the entire series. This was a good one, I did not know who it was until a few pages before it was revealed.
Michele bookloverforever
good story but Mr Gardner left a loose thread dangling from a tightly woven plot. just who was the corpse?
Rupesh Goenka
One of ordinary & weakest murder mystery of Perry Mason series.
Jan 03, 2009 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My mission for the summer was to try to read all the Perry Mason novels...I didn't make it, but I did read quite a few. Some people find them too simplistic (relationship-wise) and want more from Perry and Della than a peck on the cheek. I actually prefer that the mystery take front and center. Of course, these are very formulaic, but I like them anyway. You really know what to expect. And this outing is no different- Perry defends a woman accused of 2 murders, and of course the evidence is stac ...more
Doug Dams
In this story, a woman is jilted by a boyfriend who is also an embezzler. She tries to find her boyfriend but gets arrested for murder. Perry has to solve two cases; the embezzlement and the murder to get his client free. He ends up finding the embezzler boyfriend which leads to the motive for murder. The case keeps you guessing and the court room action surprises you at the end. A typical Perry Mason book with beautiful women in danger and Perry Mason trying to stay one step ahead of the police ...more
Jan 12, 2010 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Perry Mason mystery I've ever read. Of course, I kept seeing Raymond Burr as Mason during his scenes. Loved the show. This book was a corker, too, by the second half where most of the action moves into the courtroom. Yep, Paul Drake and Della Street are there, too. Della even takes the witness stand. Two or three neat twists are dropped in at the end. I suppose it was a formula ESG used, but it's entertaining and fun to read. That's all I ever wanted from Perry Mason.
Dec 20, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read.
Sep 28, 2011 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perry Mason mystery in which the lawyer manages to win another case. In this one, his client is suspected of murder and, as usual, gets his client acquitted while also solving the case. Case involved identify confusion, murder and black mail.
Vincent Darlage
Not the best Perry Mason novel, but it sufficed. It had a nice wrap-up at the end that made the novel better than it otherwise had been. It's nice to see such a strong conclusion to an otherwise lackluster novel.
Jeffrey Marks
Jun 15, 2011 Jeffrey Marks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, but with a somewhat expected, but still out of the blue event at the end.
Aug 28, 2011 Jure rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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