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The Case of the Blonde Bonanza

(Perry Mason #67)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  479 ratings  ·  41 reviews
It's Dianne Alder's ravishing looks that catch Perry Mason's eye, but it's her ravenous appetite that piques his professional interest. It seems the beautiful blonde has entered into a curious contract - one that requires her to gain a little weight, and lose a lot of money.

Harrison T. Boring claims he's grooming Dianne to be a new high-fashion mannequin - and Mason thinks
Paperback, 182 pages
Published June 1994 by Ballantine Books (first published March 1st 1962)
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Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Della Street was visiting her aunt and invited her boss for the weekend hoping the guy would finally get a long-due break. To bait a hook she promised Perry Mason a mystery; the mystery he got. There was a curvaceous blond on the beach where Della was spending her leisure time.
Curvaceous blond
The blond would get a suntan and go to the nearest restaurant to get lunch. The amount of food she would consume boggled the mind. After her substantial snack she would weight herself on a nearby scales and go back to sun
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raymond Burr played Perry Mason during the original series on CBS (1957-1966) as well as the made-for-TV movies (1985-1995) intended as a continuation. Although the original CBS program was filmed in glorious black-and-white, all the telemovies were filmed in living color. Hal Holbrook and Paul Sorvino appeared as friends and fellow attorneys on the TV movie series.

Richard Anderson played Lt. Steve Drumm in the last season of the original 'Perry Mason'. Monte Markham was Mason in a reboot, 'The
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Promised myself at the beginning of the summer that in my reading I would recreate the weekday late night lineup of the MeTV network. Chief among my targets was Perry Mason. This was a quick, fun read, mainly because it was driven by dialogue, and it didn't take much imagination to hear the voices, see the faces, of Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, and William Hopper during the adventure. I know I've seen the episode this novel was turned into, but that was a while ago (and I'm usually drifting off p ...more
Ann Johnson
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
My mother-in-law is downsizing and getting rid of dozens of books, including a whole stack of Perry Mason books. It was a quick, fun read.
Tony Boskovich
As Perry Mason novels go, this is not the best by a long shot. A very long introductory premise, and then a solution in just a few pages. Given the timing of this novel and the fantastic success of the TV show, I think Mr. Gardner whipped this out under time pressure. In any event, for a reader who is delving into Perry Mason for the first time, this is not the book to start with.
Mar 07, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading Gardner's Perry Mason books off and on for many years. Many years ago, I was an intense fan of the series, and read them all, at least once. Now, after a lot of water over the dam, I'm looking at them again.

Those who are used to really fine mystery writers may find the writing style here a bit stiff and mechanical. Nonetheless, I still love the general setting: the characters of Perry, Della, Paul, Lt. Tragg, and Hamilton Berger. That, and the ingenious plots, are why I read Pe
Robert A Keene
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This 1962 Perry Mason was a pretty good read, the ending has a good twist. I did enjoy where the Blonde Bonanza, Dianne Alder, had to put on weight as part of her contract eating steak, potatoes, creme and finishing the meal with Apple pie a-la-mode and 2 candy bars. And Della goes on a two week vacation, amazing.
Charline A Wells
Perfect as always

You gotta love Perry Mason. He has always been the best! Wish I could hire a real one just like him. He always knows the right thing to do and he always wins. He’s my hero.
Sandy III
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Nice, quick read. I don't always love courtroom stories, but this throwback (1960s) one had its entertaining moments. I liked it early, felt like it dragged a bit in the middle, and then the courtroom portion was rapid fire. ...more
Kieran McAndrew
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On a rare weekend off, Perry Mason is intrigued by a beautiful woman who is eating to improve her curves. A dubious contract soon leads to murder and Mason's mystery blonde is accused.

Gardner's novel moves with pace, but still manages to lay the correct foundation for an intricate whodunnit.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: patc-box
I didn't like how the story started. half way through I started to get into it. but that didn't make up for it. ...more
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting and gripping case. Although, initially I thought this is a rare case where no one dies, midway through the book, I saw the error of my surmise.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quick read. (Remember two stars means ‘it was okay’) The book’s Perry Mason is a bit different than the TV show version. Couldn’t imagine Raymond Burr on a beach wearing swim trunks.
Tonya Fowlkes
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm loving these Perry Mason novels! Finished this one in one day! ...more
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The end was unexpected.
Dr Hanif Hassan Barbhuiya
It's an average read. ...more
Published 1958.

This was a clever story that uses a few twists to keep me guessing in this simple story that is not quite that simple.

💥 Recommended.
Book collector
There are too many books to do individual reviews for so this is an author overview really. The star rating will give an idea of my feelings on the individual books.

Erle Stanley gardner was one of my father's favourite writers. He had a virtually full collection of the books. I was aware of the books mainly through the TV series of Perry Mason but started to read the novels shortly before my father passed away. Since then I've read all of the books and enjoyed them. I can't say gardner is a favo
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stars: 4 / 5
Recommendation: For everyone who have fetish for courtroom drama, this is the lawyer's case files that one would definitely have to read.

Perry Mason in The Case of The Blonde Bonanza is the 67th installment in the Perry Mason series by Erle Stanley Gardner first published I 1962.. The name surmises what the plot would be about - indeed its about a blonde and a bonanza.

Vacationing at Bolero Beach with her Aunt Mae, Della Street gets obsessed watching a young model-shaped woman eating
Sreedhar Pothukuchi
Another of below-average anti-climactic Perry Masons. Just a few hours of court-room action, in the last few pages. Easy to read and forget though.
Again the usual Perry Mason formula with a little twist on the end..not theusual suspect.
Female in peril, accused of murder, the murderer is usually either the witness giving the ' nail in the coffin' evidence against Perry Mason's client..or has very close ties to the murderer. Perry Mason solves it on the fly and in cross examination brings out the bombshell that proves the witness is lying and gets a confession.

The misogyny present with the era does start to weigh on you if you start readin
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal, mystery
#67 in the Perry Mason series. This 1962 series entry starts with secretary Della Street being on a two week seaside vacation; this is the first vacation I can recall Della having since Perry took her on a cruise in The Case of the Substitute Face (1938). This turns out to be a fun tale of the missing heir scam. Recommended.

Perry Mason series - FLASH... Mason gives Della Street two weeks’ vacation! That is, it was supposed to be a vacation, but Della turned it into a busman’s holiday. Target of
Jun 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very fun book, and a very novel take at crime fiction. If you are looking for the lighter kind of crime fiction, with less brutality and more quirks, this is for you.
Perry Mason is a criminal lawyer, with Della Street, his secretary, forming the detective and the side-kick. They encounter a hot blonde, who has been asked to put on weight to start a new trend. This sounds so absurd, that Mason does not believe it. With time, the real mystery behind it unfurls, which is actually as unre
Rebecca Mulligan
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Model and a Murder

Perry, Paul and Della are at it again in this wonderful mystery. This time, Perry and Della run into a beautiful young woman who is attempting to gain 10 pounds for a modeling contract. The terms of the contract are suspicious and. Perry is on the move. Of course, the writer of the contract, who attempted blackmail, is murdered and. Perry's client blamed. Before the plot comes together, murder, blackmail, bigamy and assorted other crimes will come into play. Of course, all co
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Although lighter in plot and characterizations than the mysteries that were written earlier in the Perry Mason series, and consisting of a mystery that is more formula than novel, this story is nevertheless quite amusing. The author's use of wordplay in naming its characters, and his hommage to classic mysteries in the names of some key characters and its plot make it fun to read this book. ...more
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-or-5-stars
This one started with an interesting puzzle. That is, a woman happily gaining tons of weight which puzzles Mason to no end. Of course it turns somehow into a murder, and I have to admit I didn't guess who the guilty party was at all. He/she wasn't on my short list or even my long list. ...more
James Vest
Slow to develop, the tempo from mystery to crime to case seemed stacked so heavy in the initial phase that the court case feels so fast, climaxing in a decision that makes the earlier parts of the book not just a red herring, it makes them feel like a waste of time.
Nov 02, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I used to love Perry Mason mysteries. Fast reading, relatively clean. The bad guy always gets caught. I'm just listing the ones I recognize, I may have read others. ...more
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the humor, twists and turns!
Charanjeet Arora
The build-up is good but the ending comes just too suddenly.
At best a good time-pass. Not the best of Perry Mason
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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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