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The Case of the Fenced-in Woman (Perry Mason #81)

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Case of the Fenced-In Woman, The: A Perry Mason Mystery, by Gardner, Erle Stanley
Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 28th 1994 by Ballantine (first published 1972)
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Mar 31, 2011 rated it liked it
disappointing Perry Mason, weak characters
Mrs. Flores
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Funny, witty, mystery. What can go grown when a model decides to take literally half your house?
James Vest
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
A slow start and bizarre setup, the plot acrobatics doesn’t really start until the courtroom, and even then, the end is a twist that rings the fabric of the story dry.
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
I've been reading Gardner's Perry Mason books off and on for decades. 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 (in the literary sense), such as Ross Macdonald, may find the writing style here off-putting. It can be stiff and mechanical. Nonetheless, I still love the general setting: the characters of Perry, Della, Paul, Lt. Tragg, and Ham
Sai Prasad Guttapalli
Morley Eden visits Perry Mason about his problem. A beautiful woman has run a barbed wire fence through the middle of his house! Morley Eden paid a contractor to build a house on a lot, but half the lot belonged to his wife, and now she has claimed her share. Chapter One explains how this happened. Perry visits Judge Goodwin to learn about his decision in this case. The Judge hopes to use this conflict against the contractor Loring Carson. Perry Mason visits Nadine Palmer to tell her about Morle ...more
Aug 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Gardner, Erle Stanley. THE CASE OF THE FENCED-IN WOMAN. ****. I always enjoy the Perry Mason novels from this author. Although this one isn’t one of his best, it is still an excellent read. The plot line is lean and devious. The characters are (almost) believable. The dialog is crisp and spare. You can’t do much better than to curl up with one of Gardner’s novels. In this episode, a man buys two lots from a builder and then has him build the house of his dreams on the property. What the builder ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal, mystery
#81 in the Perry Mason series. A Publisher's Note reads: "The manuscript for The Case of the Fenced-In Woman was one of two full-length Perry Mason novels left in Erle Stanley Gardner's pending file at the time of his death in 1970. Although the work was written a few years earlier and set aside, the publishers believe it was ready for publication. But it should be noted that the author had not done his usual final-draft polishing and checking." I kept the note in mind as I read the novel and th ...more
Les Anderson
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm nearing the end of my commitment to read the entire run of Perry Mason mysteries. it's interesting to consider the changes that have taken place over the years, especially considering the content of this story. The actions of Mrs. Carson, while enjoyed in the early 70s, would have been scandalous in the 30s, when the first Mason mystery was published. It also seems like Mason and Della's relationship has suffered from the cultural change. The boss/secretary relationship is not nearly as acce ...more
Panu Mäkinen
Jännittävä oikeussalidraama, jossa asianajaja Perry Mason puolustaa asiakastaan Morley Edeniä, jonka asunnosta löytyy murhattu mies. Alkuasetelma on eriskummallinen: Morley Eden on ostanut talon, jonka toista puoliskoa asuttaakin yllättäen myyjän vaimo. Tämä on teettänyt tontin ja talon halki piikkilanka-aidan, joka jakaa koko kiinteistön kahtia. Kun tapaukseen liittyy vielä murha, tarvitaan Perry Masonin nokkeluutta tapauksen ratkaisemiseksi.
Published after his death, a rather racy Mason with nudity, bikinis, lingerie parties, and Las Vegas hookers. A weird premise of a house and property dispute split by barbed wire.
Rijo John
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Good plot, far fetched deduction
Mar 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, audiobook
A nice little book I listened to as audiobook. A bit nerve-bending on some places as the police twists Mason in a very irritating way, but when one gets through it one is happy at the end :)
Vincent Darlage
Fun story. Perry has to go into the trial blind, not knowing the truth, but trusting his clients are actually innocent.
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
I don't enjoy Perry Mason as much as I used to :( Tragg gets on my nerves now, and Perry is not much better...
Mark Stratton
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: gardner, mystery
Not one of the better Mason novels, but we were warned that this wasn't polished by Gardner before he passed. Still, I know some writers who'd be thrilled with this as a final draft.
Hannu Vilponen
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Muy entretenido, como siempre con 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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