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The Case of the Gilded Lily

(Perry Mason #50)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  407 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Stewart G. Bedford loves his wife Ann, and cooperates with blackmailer Binney Denham. But he wakes from a drugged drink to find Binney shot, his gun missing, and his blonde escort "Gerry, for short" missing. Binney claimed an accomplice, and somebody beats up Gerry. California lawyer Perry Mason, secretary Della Street, and PI Paul Drake team up for answers.
Paperback, 188 pages
Published September 12th 1985 by Master Mind Books (first published 1956)
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Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me ask you a trick question: what is the world's most dangerous job? How many of you came up with the right answer - blackmailing?
This thankless job without a doubt make people's lives very short regardless of whether they are professionals or amateurs. However I am getting ahead of myself.

Steward G. Bradford was a wealthy businessman who bought himself married a trophy wife.
Trophy wife
It seemed the marriage was reasonably happy: the guy got himself an easy on the eyes companion and his wife changed
Not one of my favourite Perry Mason mysteries, but decent enough.
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
I didn't see the end coming. This one was one of the better Perry Mason's I have read. A combination of a difficult client, an interfering Secretary, lots of instances where it seems Perry is on the wrong side of the law and a conclusion that's a bolt out of the blue. This was a good one!
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First sentence: Stewart G. Bedford entered his private office, hung up his hat, walked across to the huge walnut desk which had been a birthday present from his wife a year ago, and eased himself into the swivel chair.

Premise/plot: The first four chapters introduce us to the major players, and in addition gives us a glimpse of the crime scene. Perry Mason enters into the novel in chapter five--after the crime has been committed but before the police have been called.

The basics: Stewart G. Bedfo
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
THE CASE OF THE GILDED LILY. (1956). Erle Stanley Gardner. ***1/2.
This was a cleverly devised case for Perry Mason, where he had to rely on his ability to judge people by their behavior. It also involved a rather complicated maneuver with fingerprint evidence, gathered in a case of attempted blackmail. Gardner managed to spend more than the usual amount of time developing his characters in this story – to the point where we ended up relying almost solely on the representation of their honesty to
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Too convenient an end. All nicely tied up. But this is one of those books where Mason plays around with the evidence, luckily which turns out alright at the end.
The only good part was the lovely court room argument back and forth, over technicalities.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
Sandy Chris
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ingenious. I loved every page of this book.
Sovana Dash
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Came across this book through a friend of mine and I'm so glad I did. Finished it within half a day. Couldn't leave the book unless until the law page. A must read.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Loved this series as a teenager; can't remember much of this but know it wasn't one of my favs
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gardner-read
Gardner decides to start this book more like a novel with setting up the background of the crime. A rich businessman is called on by a stranger in a matter of most importance. It turns out to be a classical, but clever blackmail. The action is described in a real time manner, so the reader readily follows the action. The famous lawyer is nowhere to be found as yet. When a murder is committed, naturally, the rich man runs for help to Mason's office. I noticed certain similarities in both men and ...more
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, legal
#51 in the Perry Mason series. An oddity in this series entry is that Perry Mason doesn't appear until page 58. The first four chapters are spent setting up the blackmail scheme and getting Perry's client on the hook for murder. Perry pulls his usual courtroom sleight-of-hand, in this case what appears so much like falsifying evidence that he has secretary, Della Street, concerned about his ethics. An entertaining read where Perry vindicates his client in spite of efforts by the client's secreta ...more
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it
I didn't see the end coming on this one. I thought I finally had one figured out, but I guess that's why they call it a mystery.

The story starts out slow and you have to get through 60 something pages before you even get to Perry Mason. I know it's important but still a little tiring. And I wonder why the guy bothered to hire a lawyer if he was so bound to do things his way anyway?

Wasn't sure about some of Perry's hijinks this time around, was glad to see Della questioning him. I think he was
Victoria Mixon
Nov 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Oooh, Perry Mason really pushes his luck this time. And Gardner, once again, helps by forbidding the characters to ask him the questions that would turn his deliberate legal sleight-of-hand into a felony. Suddenly I do not want to know that lawyers pull these stunts to keep murderers from being prosecuted, as though justice were nothing more important than a poker game.

Also, my solution was way better, even though at the end I could see it was the red herring Gardner dragged across the path of a
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-mystery
The Perry Mason mysteries are a very easy read that make it a good summer time mystery. What I liked about this was that there was not a pile of bodies, just the one murder. Also while I thought I had things figured out the murderer was not who I expected it to be and did not die. A great old style whodunnit book.
It's like a trip back to the 50's - the lovely Della and the clever lawyer and his sidekick. What a fun little read. You would not be able to write this book today -- too many stereotypes and cliches. I found three of these Perry Mason's in my daughter's library. They were original copies. Quick and fun reads. Damn! Perry Mason was pretty smart.
Elizabeth S
Dec 19, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-mystery
Not my favorite of the Perry Masons. Begins with the client being blackmailed, and that gets rather tedious and annoying. The end discovery of the real killer is, of course, surprising. But the legal, courtroom stuff wasn't as interesting as in other Perry Mason books.
Aug 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Typical Perry Mason mystery. Mason is called in to defend a wealthy lawyer accused of murder after having been been blackmailed. The usual Mason slight of hand skirting close to the edge of the law along with the detective work of Paul Drake enable Mason to successfully defend his client.
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
an absolute thriller and makes for a very enjoyable read as Perry Mason gets down to solving another mysterious criminal act in the town, this time embroiling his own wife.

the book has the reader hooked on as Perry unravels the mystery and puts the puzzle pieces together.
Paul Jellinek
Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
If you love the old Perry Mason books (and I do), this one doesn't disappoint. My favorite part is always when Perry takes Della out for a juicy steak.
Vincent Darlage
Mar 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Very enjoyable read. The courtroom scenes were shorter than usual, but it was fun throughout.
Les Anderson
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fairly typical Perry Mason mystery. It shows what a good judge of character Mason is.
Jeffrey Marks
Jun 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Fairly simplistic plot for a Mason book, and a fairly easy solution given the set-up.
Feb 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, gave-up-on
I used to enjoy Perry Mason books when younger. Reading this now all I can say is poorly written, lame and boring.
This case felt stiff to me. I found little interest in the characters and Perry Mason seemed harsh and unscrupulous.
Dec 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Another classic Perry Mason novel...A quick, short read, that has the normal who dunnit and classic Mason and Della Street combo...
Jun 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: gardner
Readable but not up to par. Nice twist and all but the main plot using second set of fingerprints to confuse witness not the best denouement.
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