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The Case of the Sulky Girl

(Perry Mason #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,462 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Unable to marry due to a stipulation in her late father's will--which states that she will lose his millions if she does wed--headstrong Frances hires Perry Mason to get around the clause, and soon he ends up solving a family murder.
Mass Market Paperback, 230 pages
Published January 13th 1992 by Fawcett (first published 1933)
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May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
A sulky girl came to Perry Mason's office. She has a fairly unusual problem. Her father left her a very big chunk of money in a trust managed by her uncle. In case she marries before she is 25, she must get the approval of the latter: he has the power of giving away all her money to charities if he does not approve her choice. Does it sound complicated?

Well, she is 24 and wants to get married right away so she wants Mason to either persuade her uncle to approve her choice, or somehow neutralize
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cops, historic, mystery, ku
this is a story that just couldn't hold my interest. Maybe it was the generation misogyny; maybe it was the pacing but it just couldn't hold my interest. This is the second Perry Mason mystery published and was strange.
Shobhit Sharad
I always imagine if Perry Mason was to be played by someone in Hollywood, it would be Matthew McConaughey. The second Perry Mason story begins again with a female client coming to him and lying, but I like the way he handles her and the different characters in the story. The rough and confident lawyer seems eager to enter my list of favourite sleuths. The story was undoubtedly good, with a touch of drama and suspense, it was a complete package.
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am pretty much addicted to the Perry Mason series. In my adolescent years I read all the books I could get my hands on in my native language (Hungarian), and was absolutely thrilled to realise how many books were there in the original.

Apart from the first book in the series, we are invariably presented with the same scenario: Perry Mason, a shrewd, astute defense attorney, specialises in apparently hopeless cases. His clients are always bang to rights, but turn out to be innocent. At the end
Andrew Caldwell
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm really loving these Perry Mason books. Fast paced, great twists and actually I'm fond of Perry Mason himself - he remains cool under pressure and puts his clients first even when what they're telling him isn't the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Though money seems to be a huge factor in determing if he takes on a case!


The first Perry Mason I read, 'The Case of the Velvet Claws', had no court scene, this did and it was terrific!
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
THE CASE OF THE SULKY GIRL. (1933). Erle Stanley Gardner. ***1/2.
This case starts out with a young woman (the sulky girl) approaching Perry Mason seeking help with a relationship she was encountering with her uncle. Her uncle – her only living relative – was also the executor of her father’s will. Her father was a wealthy owner of a successful company, but he was also a man who felt he knew what was best for his niece. Stipulated as part of the will, his niece could not inherit the residual amou
Jan C
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2017
Not sure why it took me so long to read this book. I did enjoy it.

A sassy young woman is accused of killing her uncle, the manager of her father's estate. Perry Mason takes on the case.
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: facebook-reviews
Continuing my very own "going back in time" (started in 2015) to discover old treasures like the Perry Mason Series, I raced through the 2nd book in the series.

"The Case Of The Sulky Girl" was the continued ecstasy for me in the series. It is yet another classic whodunnit. Perry Mason, a character written in 1930s, can easily be a part of 2016 and the author would need to change NOTHING (not even a word) to adjust to the advanced world since 1930s. Now, THAT, for sure is what is evergreen. The s
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: law_and_order
I wasn't aware of this wonderful series until last year, I was just browsing through the bookshelves of my college's library and I found a stack of books made up of low-quality paper, the cover was also unattractive. I picked up the first book and got it issued. I thoroughly loved the first book, fell in love with the protagonist Perry Mason (criminal defense attorney who will go beyond limits to protect his clients), Della Street (these two reminds me of Harvey and Donna), Frank Everly and Paul ...more
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't see the end coming. The solution was a surprise. Just the way I like.
Though I missed Della Street and Paul Drake. There wasn't much they were doing here... Plus, a bit too many words given to Perry Mason's posture, expression, etc.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This was one of the slightly more difficult-to-chew reads. Perry Mason novels usually have scenes where some character explains their side of the story, complete with lies and all, with Perry taking it all in. In this book, you get many such scenes, with one of them near the very beginning of the story, but all of them bombarding you with consecutive paragraphs or pages of testimony. In all these scenes, the reader is forced to focus and take in an info dump, which I thought was inorganic relati ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Secretary Della Street informs her boss, Perry Mason, that a young woman looking either scared or sulky is waiting to consult him in Erle Stanley Gardner’s second Perry Mason book The Case of the Sulky Girl. Frances Celane has been living under a trust controlled by her uncle for the last two years that gives him extreme discretion with her vast fortune. One detail is that if she marries before the age of 25, her uncle can choose to give her only $5,000 and donate the rest to charities. But the ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: perry-mason
Well, I thought I was reading the first Perry Mason case ( my printout from Fantastic Fiction) from 1997, had this listed first. The new list has ,"The Case of the Velvet Claws" as his first..&^%#@$
Oh well, they both came out in 1933! :)
My small/fragile HB copy I found, republished in 1944....survived. By, turning the pages real slow.
This is a classic whodunit, in the best of tradition. Just like watching the reruns on TV.
Lady Delacour
Perry Mason and his
people reading skills,
solve another case.
Listened with text to speech.
Clean except for mild Foul Language.
Stewart Sternberg
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I became something of a Perry Mason fan with the first novel I read some months back, but this sealed my fandom. What delicious pulpy noir.

A murdered father, a female suspect who is a certain guilty verdict, and a number of red herrings. Add to that a stock of colorful characters and economic prose that remains lively some eighty years later, and it's easy to see how this series became a favorite, even without the tv show and the dramatic theme.
Scoot over, John Grisham. Erle Stanley Gardner did it first and best. Who would have thought you could have a good mystery without over-the-top violence or sex? This is one of the first of Gardner's Perry Mason novels (the exact order of the first few is a mystery in itself, seeing that Internet sites such as Wikipedia and FantasticFiction contradict each other). And there was even some humor, such as the following exchange between Perry's secretary Della Street and Mason: "Other lawyers walk in ...more
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
The second Perry Mason mystery is a relic of its times, the 1930s. One sees the development of Perry Mason with many of the attributes of his character which would become synonymous with him in later books in the series, and television portrayals of the character. Paul Drake is also more fleshed out in this book. However, Della Street still remains one dimensional and has yet to develop the character traits that make her a standout in the books written during the 1940s. Key characters in the lat ...more
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like mysteries and pulp fiction
Shelves: 4-or-5-stars
This is pulp fiction. It's only goal is to entertain. Does it succeed? Yes. I suspect that many of the people who gave it low ratings were because it was merely only pulp fiction. Personally I don't mind. I'd rather read one of these than watch Law and Order or whatever current pulp fiction show is currently on TV because the story is better.

What's this story about? It's about a lawyer with questionable morals who protects his clients at any cost, unlike the Perry Mason of the TV show. A woman,
Kristine Hansen
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, vintage
It's been years since I picked up anything by Erle Stanley Gardener and now I'm wondering what kept me away for so long.

While the writing isn't stellar by today's standards, the story gets told and told well. Pacing is incredible - I would read what I thought was a few pages and found chapters had drifted by somehow. What amazes me is that while the legalese and courtroom procedure both could bog down the story itself, even that has a certain thrill. Is some nostalgia because I heave everything
Laurie Notaro
Funny little mystery written in the 30's. The vernacular is hysterical. Good twist at the end. Easy easy read.
B.R. Stateham
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it

This is the second novel in the Perry Mason series, and I have to say, this one excellent read. I've decided to actually do something I've never done before. Read a series starting from the first novel and going on to the next one. A major accomplishment on my part, let me tell you. Usually I start in the middle of the series and work forwards and backwards in a random fashion.

But I have to say this about The Case of the Sulky Girl. This Mason tome was light-years better compared to the first. B
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I think Perry Mason’s second case is a little less flashy than his first, I did find this to be a more entertaining and well-balanced read. The courtroom scenes are strong and though the resolution may not shock, the process getting there is interesting and clever. The ending of this novel sets up The Case of the Lucky Legs and as I seem to be getting the rhythm of these, I am sure I will be revisiting the courtroom with Perry Mason at some point soon.

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Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Every once in awhile I pick up a vintage mystery to read. I love those written by Erle Stanley Gardner. This particular novel features the intrepid Perry Mason who is to defend a spoiled, beautiful young woman who is due to inherit a fortune when her uncle deems it should be so. She acknowleges that she is labeled as "wild". Her firey temper gets her into trouble time and time again no more so than when her uncle is murdered. Of course, this volatile young woman is a prime suspect. She hires Mas ...more
William Stafford
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first Perry Mason story I've read and I have to say I enjoyed it. The titular 'sulky girl' stands to inherit big bucks provided she remains unmarried. Trouble is, she's married her boyfriend in secret and is now being blackmailed about it. Cue the murder of the man in charge of her trust fund and the scene is set for an intriguing mystery, heavy with legal procedure and culminating in a court case that dominates the last third of the book. Mason comes across as a hard-nosed, abrupt type with ...more
Henrietta Handy
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
The more Perry Mason I read, the more I want to read. Having seen the b&w series so much, I sometimes see the action in black and white and sometimes in color in my mind's eye! But, really, you can even put him in a modern setting and it would work out. The timeline of the era Gardner wrote in is also very appropriate. It's like getting a glimpse of the past, especially since this mystery was set circa 1933! Wonderful!
Khánh Hảo
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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El (book.monkey)
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the other Gardner books I've read I loved the storyline, the crime, the general plot and the conclusion. I did however find there was a lot more legal jargon in this booms than most. giving me a limited understanding of what was going on.
Shirisha Valluri
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
#CrimeFiction #Courtroomdrama
A millionaire(deceased) is survived by his spoilt heir 'Fran'Frances Calene. Fran's father's will states that if she marries before the age of 25, she would lose the inheritence and all the money would go to charity. The will is left to the whims and fancies of Fran's uncle Edward Norton who is a stickler for rules.Frances approaches Perry Mason, the lawyer who would protect the interests of his clients at any cost. The only problem is Fran is 23 but is already secre
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second book in the Perry Mason series. It is interesting to read about court room procedures in the 1930s. While the rules of evidence have changed quite a bit since then, it is still a very interesting read.
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-in-2017
pretty good story...#2 in the series. but jesus...there are a TON of typos in the kindle version.
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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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