The Case of the Singing Skirt
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The Case of the Singing Skirt (Perry Mason #58)

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Ellen Robb does more than just sing for her supper -- she also dances and sells cigarettes in a two-bit gambling parlor in a one-horse town. But when she hits a sour note with her scheming employer by refusing to help fleece a fat-cat customer in a crooked card game, she finds herself out of all three jobs. That's when she sings her song of woe to Perry Mason, who promises...more
Mass Market Paperback, 198 pages
Published April 22nd 1992 by Fawcett (first published 1959)
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Kurt Reichenbaugh
I have this one in a two-fer with The Case of the Black-Eyed Blond. Singing Skirt is entertaining enough. Two too many guns get involved in a murder, and Hamilton Burger raises hell in the court by complaining that every time Mason gets his hands on murder weapons he "juggles them around and just confuses everyone!"

No shit, Counselor!

Ellen Robb worked as a singer and cigarette seller at a gambling hall in the small town of Rowena. When she refuses to take part in a plan to cheat a customer who likes her, the hall's owner George Anclitas comes up with a ruse to frame her for stealing. Robb asks Perry Mason for help, and he takes on the case. Mason helps Ellen Robb beat the stealing charge, but she comes back for more help. Mason's attempt to save her the second time may cause him to lose his license, but he's determined to wo...more
A casino singer finds herself out of work, accused of something she didn’t do, and all because she refused to cheat a customer. Desperate for help and worried about her personal welfare, she approaches renowned defense attorney Perry Mason. He initially helps her get her job back, and things seem ok for a time. But a regular customer has fallen hard for her, and the man’s wife isn’t exactly thrilled about that. She approaches the casino owner, demanding her money back—the money her husband has l...more
Rijo John
Nice plot - solves too easily without hassles
The case is interesting enough, but a bit of an eye roller with some of the unlikely things that happen. Sadly the interesting part of the case was just some window dressing (the gamblers) while the murder was the main focus.
Lee Ann
Fast paced, well-written, clever – ESG relies too much on the deus ex machina to clear everything up – Hamilton Burger would be more of a foil if he were less of a caricature. Thrift store find
Jeffrey Marks
Very noir for a Mason book. Brings back memories of Gardner's pulp days with a city run by the grifters who have set up a gambling operation in town. Of course, Mason prevails over them.
Elizabeth S
One of the better Perry Masons. Has several interesting legal points, nice case-work, and not as frustrating as some Perry Mason stories.
Mike Jensen
Gardner has lost it by the time he churned out this sorry Perry Mason novel. It is better to get the palgue than to read this book.
Vincent Darlage
I last read this twenty years ago. It's still quite the page turner. I wasn't sure how Perry was going to get out of it this time.
I'm currently pretty close to the beginning, but I really like mysteries and I loved watching Perry Mason as a kid.
The first Perry Mason book I read..Was quick to read and had a certain amount of suspense..
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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...more
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