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The Case of the Glamorous Ghost

(Perry Mason #47)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  865 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Master defense attorney Perry Mason is hired by a young woman to protect her scandalous and headstrong halfsister, Eleanor Corbin, from the consequences of her last escapade. Reissue.
Paperback, 232 pages
Published February 29th 2000 by Fawcett Books (first published April 1st 1955)
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Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"If there's something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Perry Mason!"
This is not the exact quote, but it is highly appropriate nonetheless. Perry Mason, Della Street, and Paul Drake play the Ghostbusters long before the original movie was filmed.

First it was a newspaper story that caught Parry Mason's attention. Apparently the evening before a couple was was having a romantic evening in the secluded spot; nothing inappropriate as the book was published in 1955. Suddenly a dancin
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
The trusted (and not-so-secret) & perfect Perry Mason formula:


- MC Perry Mason: handsome, astute, indefatigable and relentless defense attorney? √ Check
- his sidekick Della Street: pretty secretary with unwavering loyalty and devotion? √ Check
- sidekick Paul Drake, trustworthy and efficient private detective? √ Check
- his legal adversary and nemesis Hamilton Burger, bull-headed district attorney who should know better than to lock horns with Mason? √ Check
- his law enforcement adversary and
Kurt Reichenbaugh
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I've been in a reading slump lately and started this one on a plane ride from Wisconsin. It turned out to be a pretty good one. Sometimes the plots get crazy in Erle Stanley Gardner's books, but this one clipped along at a good pace. The case concerns a young woman found wandering in a park, nearly naked and claiming to have amnesia. Of course there is a body discovered in the same park. Luckily for the young woman in question, she's an heiress and is possibly married to the murder victim. Unluc ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it
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, such as Ross Macdonald, 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
Saptarshi Chakraborty
Surely this great person, who was a lawyer by profession (& so were his most famous creations) and was a crime writer by passion (or the other, whatever you say) has very little influence in India (direct; there are a lot indirect influences) unlike Agatha Christie or Conan Doyle. Let me start by saying that his amazing creation Perry Mason series is cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as No. 3 bestseller of all time. Not only this, this man was responsible for the imprisonment of one of ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too dramatic. I somehow saw the end. It took too long for Mason to see it though.
Vincent Paul
Eleanor.... a good character. This was the first ever (too bad it was number 47 in the series) book of Erle Stanley Gardner, and I loved it, so much.

Though some think they saw a ghost, it was a real, live woman in the (mostly exposed) flesh flitting through Sierra Vista Park. Eleanor Corbin has a taste for trouble—and a talent for getting out of it using the most outrageous means to cover her tracks. Now her scandalized half-sister, Olga, fears Eleanor may be using lascivious antics to camoufla
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought I had this one figured out the entire time but once again I was proved wrong and when the evidence was revealed I don't know how I missed it as the whole thing is widely used in popular crime TV nowadays. The legal battling and other excitements within this novel were enough to warrant four stars even if the conclusion I expected from the time it began to flesh itself out was the true one - but with the final reveal I had to give this five stars. Possibly the best Perry Mason novel I h ...more
Aug 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy-mystery
classic perry mason quick light read
Sep 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Good, reading the whole series.
Aug 26, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Tim Deforest
Jul 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Perry Mason/Della Street/Paul Drake triumvirate continues to reign supreme in this novel. The three characters mesh together perfectly as Perry is asked to represent a woman who claims to have amnesia after being found running around a neighborhood with very few clothes on. An investigation soon turns into a murder case and Perry at first looks like he's sunk. The evidence against her is strong and even he doesn't believe her obviously contrived amnesia story. Unfortunately, when she finally ...more
Sharon Ouderkirk
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novel is one of the more rollicking, exciting Perry Mason novels. It begins with a naked woman dancing in a park late at night, covered only by a diaphonous robe. She is taken into custody, and claims amnesia. Unfortunately, her alleged husband has been murdered, and it doesn't look good for her. She is a beautiful young woman, with a long history of madcap scrapes, and even her sister, Olga thinks she is lying.
The case builds against her, and it looks airtight. Mason is facing his first lo
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The case against Erle Stanley Gardner is that he writes about stick characters, and at this point in time, his attitudes toward women seem archaic.

I am also fascinated by the number of times his character stop the action to light a cigarette. This reminds of Nick and Nora Charles constant flow of martinis and Maigret's regular visits to cafes where he can sip Bols or clavados. Everyone needs a small vice, I guess.

The redeeming features for me are the ingenious criminal schemes piled one on top
Larry Farlow
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm familiar with Perry Mason from the old TV show but this is the first of Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason novels I've read. The novels are bit more "hard boiled" than the TV show was (Della Street actually says "damn" a few times) but I'm sure that's due to the standards for television at the time. I did figure out who the murderer was before the end but not much before. The court room scenes are well written and as dramatic as those in the TV show but the novel format allows them to be mor ...more
Brent Butler
Apr 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
This isn't one of what I call the "fair mysteries", in that I don' think enough clues are given for the reader to figure it out before Mason drops a couple of bombshells, but it's still a great read. The mystery is complex and as dark as ever for Mason's client. A couple of the cross examinations are wonderful.

The novel contains two examples of amnesia. Mason's client claims amnesia over a two-week period, and Gardner himself exhibits amnesia over the rules of Discovery. It doesn't matter, it's
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Case Of The Glamorous Ghost (1955) It’s been a long time since I’ve read one of the Perry Mason mysteries, and I was totally engaged. It was just as I remembered it, but I was engaged right from the beginning, from the (predictably) alliterative “hook” situation, to the comfortable team work of Perry, Della, and Paul, the frenetic pacing built around legal manipulations, the switch from a seemingly hopeless legal conundrum, to that final moment when Perry turns Prosecutor Hamilton Burger to, ...more
Andy Davis
Oct 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
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James Vest
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the longest Mason stories and one of the best of the series. Perry takes the case of a young woman with amnesia. Little does he know she will soon become the defendant in a murder case so complex that he arrives to court with little to no idea what actually happened. Perry must do his best work to keep his clients hopes alive, scraping together clues long after the prosecution has rested its case.
Dr. Sabarish
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense-read
Another great Perry Mason story. This was a little too dramatic. As a reader, you start suspecting almost the same solution, but couldn't find a way of connecting all dots. For me this is one of the most liked one in the series. Rate 5/5 ...more
Michael McManus
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant read, and I must say the tv series is so close to the books with all the great characters. The Case of the Glamorous Ghost is my fave to date. Read it in less than two days. Fast paced and a great ending.
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.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Erle Stanley Gardner’s writing. This is a very interesting and twisting crime story that will keep you guessing.
Amal Vinod
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome thriller ..
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
Rather a convoluted plot but full of the usual Perry Mason formula in which he sails close to the wind but ultimately, triumphs.
Dr Hanif Hassan Barbhuiya
Good but not among the best ones.
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: dead-coed-novel, have
Perry Mason novels make for entertaining pulp. Light and generally inoffensive, and great when you need to escape to a world where the truth is paramount and justice is always served.
Patrick Whitehurst
Mar 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
First Perry for me! Fun and noirish in a legal setting with a few surprising turns.
Shocking. Just shocking!

Rob Leininger
Sep 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent Perry Mason mystery by Erle. Well worth a read, but it's not easy to get hold of this novel. I got it in an Omnibus that contained seven Perry Mason novels. ...more
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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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