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The Case of the Perjured Parrot (Perry Mason Mysteries (Perry Mason #14)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  535 ratings  ·  33 reviews

POLLY WANT A KILLER

Did the wealthy Fremont C. Sabin divorce his wife before his untimely death? That's the multimillion-dollar question. And the right answer will mean a windfall for either the dead man's angry son or headstrong widow. Each has accused the other of destroying Sabin's willand murdering Sabin. But with no document declaring who the affable eccentric intended
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Mass Market Paperback, 10 pages
Published January 12th 1987 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1939)
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Gerry
Who would have thought that there could be a full length mystery with the central character being a parrot? Erle Stanley Gardener obviously did, for he has produced 'The Case of the Perjured Parrot', which does just that ... and it is a good and relatively convincing storyline throughout.

There's a marriage that doesn't appear to be all it purports to be, a family saga bubbling away, a totally unexplained murder, a somewhat naive librarian, some misguided police officers and to cap it all a parro
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DavidO
Perry Mason books are a bit like a box of cookies. You start off thinking you'll just have one (cookie/chapter). But then it's goes down so easy that you decide to have just one more. Pretty soon the whole box/book is done, and you're left lying there confused and delirious from your binge.

This was a pretty interesting case, with a parrot that kept naming the murderer. I can't really go into more detail without spoilers.

There was one particularly interesting twist at the end I didn't see coming
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Melody
The first Perry Mason mystery I've read. Perry is a bit omnipotent. It doesn't take but a tiny corner of a clue to give him an answer. Some of the twists seem manufactured and my god women are built to suit a whim. But a fun read. A quick read. And who doesn't want to read about a parrot?
Panu Mäkinen
Harmittaa. Ahmaisin kirjan yhdessä päivässä. Näin jännittävää tarinaa olisi nautiskellut pidempäänkin. Dekkarissa keskeisessä osassa oleva eläin on useimmiten kiehtova hahmo, kuten koira Agatha Christien Mykässä todistajassa . Tässä tarinassa Perry Mason saa tutkittavakseen murhan, johon liittyy turhan suulas papukaija. Tapahtumat etenevät vauhdikkaasti ja dialogi on nokkelaa. Perry Mason ratkaisee tapauksen kuitenkin aivan liian nopeasti; viides tähti olisi irronnut, jos lukija olisi saanut he ...more
An Odd1
Prolific Erle Stanley Gardner wrote this in 1939, so Perry Mason, smooth suave cool collected handsome long-legged lawyer would smoke. Emotional lovely secretary Della Street would be compliant with steak dinners, dancing, and hiding out suspects in her apartment. Resourceful PI Paul Drake would have eyes, ears, Yankee guns, and strong arms everywhere. The series has stock cast, revolves around suspect, details of crime. Like real Gardner, fictional Perry demands the trickiest challenges, mostly ...more
Ankita Anand
In the Case of the Perjured Parrot, an eccentric millionaire was found dead in a mountain cabin - shot in the chest and his parrot Casanova loose from its cage. The story revolves around his widow and his son’s battle over his assets with Mason and detective Paul Drake looking into the man’s curious dealings.

As the parrot in the cabin is discovered to be fake, a foul-mouthed imposter planted by the murderer, the real Casanova is found in the house of one Helen Monteith, repeatedly squawking the
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Ryan G
As The Breaking Point was my last Mary Roberts Rinehart book of the year, The Case of the Perjured Parrot is my last Erle Stanley Gardner book of the year. Which means, for now, it's time to bid a farewell to Perry Mason. Hopefully he will be around next year as well, but if not, I will have this and the other books I have read over the last two years, to console me.

Little know fact about me, I hate birds. I'm not talking about loons, swans, eagles, falcons, or even ducks; you know the kind that
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Bob
This is the fourteenth Perry Mason novel, written in 1939. It is one of the absolute best.

The earliest novels have a distinct "film noir" feel. By 1939, Gardner was transitioning into his mature period, when most of the best ones were written. The mood is different: Gardner (and his alter ego Mason) are no longer the angry fighter; he is more mature and reflective, with a warmer style. Later on, after the TV series became a hit, the books became more mechanical in tone, with few descriptive phr
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Rusty
A very private millionaire found murdered in a remote fishing cabin. A parrot to which he was attached. A woman who had fallen in love with him for who he was knowing nothing about his wealth. A son who wants to know what happened to his father. These statements briefly summarize the case facing Perry Mason. The woman is accused of murdering but Mason believes her when she says she didn't. The man she knew whose photo was in the paper was known to her by a different name.

As the case unfolds Maso
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Mary Helene
Dec 10, 2012 Mary Helene rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary Helene by: my father
Shelves: mysteries
My father was interested in reading the very first Perry Mason mystery and we think this was it. (Ryan pointed out to me - I don't know Ryan, but he seems to know what he's talking about - that the first Perry Mason was The Case of the Velvet Claws.) He pointed out to me that the language is different, but he couldn't quite say how. I think it reads like a radio script myself.

Published in 1939, there's a quote which seems descriptive of today's economy.
"You might be interested in his economic p
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Tony
Gardner, Erle Stanley. THE CASE OF THE PERJURED PARROT. (1939). ***1/2. This is another case for Perry Mason and his usual staff: Della Street, his secretary, and Paul Drake, a detective that Mason uses for gathering information on cases. This one concerns the murder of a wealthy industrialist in his mountain cabin. He was in the middle of a divorce from his wife, and, thinking that it was final, had married a librarian with whom he had fallen in love on a fast trip to Mexico. What makes the cas ...more
Thom Swennes
When a recluse millionaire is found murdered in his fishing cabin, Perry Mason is contacted by the victim’s son to represent his interests. A blue jay, wire, deserted cabin and a mysterious woman all tie together to lead the reader on a memorable forensic journey. As the circumstantial evidence gathered, like clay pigeons on a white picketed fence, against the spinster librarian Helen Monteith, Perry Mason prepares to shoot them down, one at a time. When compared to novels of a more recent date, ...more
Amy
Discovered this on a low cost Kindle book site and decided to give it a try. Of course, like most folks I grew up watching Raymond Burr as Perry Mason and thought he was a rather stick in the mud. Ha! This book shows us the depth of his character and dry sense of humor. I recommend this book to anyone who like a good mystery and although written in the 1930s the story has held up.
Chazzi
Can a parrot be a witness in a murder case? What is it he says that makes the D.A. want him for a witness?

Did the old man have two wives? Was his divorce final on the first one? Was his marriage legal to the second one? Why did he have two different names?

These are some of the questions that come about in this case when Charles Sabin asks Perry Mason to find the murderer of Fremont Sabin.

Perry, Della and Paul, once again find, themselves untangling the many threads that form this web of mystery
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Stven
Another sparkling Perry Mason story, this one from 1939. The parrot gimmick is central to the plot, and ESG waxes philosophical about the pursuit of money, the shortsightedness of politics, and the interpretation of circumstantial evidence.
Divya
Loved this book! Must have read it at least 30-35 times.
It was one of the books I could smuggle into my room before the ICSE boards, half my study leave was spent in relieving the "aha" moment, the other half re-reading the first 3 Harry Potter novels!
I read this when I was a teen, it was one of the first books that introduced the "big, bad world" to me!
The legal jargon, the witticism, the skirting-the-edge of legal maneuvers, the dignified lady in love victim.......i could go on & on. Even
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Ed
#14 in the Perry Mason series. Hi-jinks as usual as Perry plays parrot, parrot, who's got the parrot.

Perry Mason series - Did the wealthy Fremont C. Sabin divorce his wife before his untimely death? That's the question. And the right answer will mean a windfall for either the dead man's son or headstrong widow. Each has accused the other of destroying Sabin's will--and murdering Sabin. But with no document declaring who the affable eccentric intended to leave his fortune to, Perry Mason faces a
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Christine
A parrot makes a perjurer of himself...

But, to the parrot's credit, that's only after the murderer trains the parrot to incriminate the wrong person. The murderer teaches the parrot to say, "Put down that gun, Helen. Don't shoot...Squawk, squawk...My God, you've shot me."

Sounds pretty incriminating for Helen, doesn't it?

Perry Mason, assisted by Della Street, his secretary, and Paul Drake, a loyal detective, solves this who-done-it. Along the way he's challenged by a zealous sergeant, a two-fac
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G
A nice quick read, even if a bit tiring at parts. Reaching the end of the book, you can't put it down. There was a couple of remarkably good quotes that are certainly making it to my all time favorites. The characters aren't deeply explored and developed, but then again, that isn't the premise of the book. The premise is to tell a story, and it does so, giving some beautiful insights on poetic thoughts from time to time. The ending is both fabulous and surprising, and it leaves a good taste in y ...more
Ming Siu
Brilliant plotting, with some unexpected, excellent quotes on greed and the justice system. Still a great read after almost 80 years.
Chade66
This is the first Perry Mason book that I have read. As it happened, this weekend in my area there was a Perry Mason marathon going on! Whoever cast Raymond Burr as Perry Mason was brilliant. He comes across just the way. Interesting that something is going on with Della, that I always suspected and it shows a little in the book. Paul Drake is more separated from Perry than he is in the show. Having his own company rather than being part of Perry's office.

Quick read, fun for a spring afternoon.
Donna
Sep 03, 2009 Donna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Perry's TV fans
Shelves: mystery
I think I liked this book mainly because of how it compared to the TV episode of the same title. It's interesting to see how the screenwriters chose among the different elements in the book and decided what to keep and what to change.

The point of the mystery is that once a person draws a conclusion about what "must have happened" they make all of the circumstantial evidence fit that story. Even Perry gets caught in that trap. Pretty good, huh?
Evelyn
It is always a delight to read a Perry Mason mystery especially when an animal plays a critical role in the solution of a murder. The mysteries are well written and to be savored. The plots and the characters are deftly drawn and there are no lose ends when you finish the book.
Felicia
If you read one Perry Mason book, you might what to choose this one. I thought it was quite enjoyable with a good resolution. More interestingly, there are some brief mentions of politics and the Great Depression, which add some nice flavor.
Rebekah
I knew it! I knew that would happen!
Anyway, the plot was really intriguing especially at the end. Nonetheless, I still don't understand why the murderer did it...
R.L.
The last of the pre-1940 Perry Masons that I have. Maybe next year I'll tackle the 1940s.

Good read with a (view spoiler)!
Cindy
I liked it. It had some clever twists to the plot and an ending that surpised me. I'd definately read more of his books.
Dfordoom
Gardner's early Perry Mason novels are great fun. This one dates from 1939, and yes it really does feature a perjured parrot.
Ewoton Kinyanjui
the book is simply marvellous. it is the kind of book one should read when looking for some twists and turns
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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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“You might be interested in his economic philosophy, Mr. Mason. He believed men attached too much importance to money as such. He believed a dollar represented a token of work performed, that men were given these tokens to hold until they needed the product of work performed by some other man, that anyone who tried to get a token without giving his best work in return was an economic counterfeiter. He felt that most of our depression troubles had been caused by a universal desire to get as many tokens as possible in return for as little work as possibly - that too many men were trying to get lost of tokens without doing any work. He said men should cease to think in terms of tokens and think, instead, only in terms of work performed as conscientiously as possible.” 3 likes
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