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The Case of the Glamorous Ghost

(Perry Mason #47)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  735 ratings  ·  48 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 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 & relentless defense attorney? √ Check
- his sidekick Della Street: pretty secretary with unwavering loyalty& devotion? √ Check
- sidekick Paul Drake, trustworthy and efficient private detective? √ Check
- his legal adversary & nemesis Hamilton Burger, bull-headed district attorney who should know better than to lock horns with Mason? √ Check
- his law enforcement adversary & nemesis
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 de 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.
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
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.
Kieran McAndrew
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mason is hired to protect the interests of a young woman who is hospitalised after being found dancing naked in a park.

When a dead body is found nearby and his client is arrested for murder, Mason finds himself in the middle of a smuggling racket.

Fast paced and well written, Gardner is able to weave a mystery which tantalises completely.
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
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.
The usual half dressed doll in need of a good attorney. A lot of shenanigans in the courtroom. Perry keeps his clothes on. 1955. Such an innocent time. The Kardashians would put the diaphanous ghost to blushing with their nonsense. And their gems? Paltry, compared to the K theft in Paris.
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so you ask, who is Erle Stanley Gardner?? First off he was an attorney who turned to writing. His most famous character is Perry Mason. The original TV series was done from his books, with a lot of the episodes coming straight from the novels or short stories. You can find more information on Gardner here, Erle Stanley Gardner.

The Case of The Glamorous Ghost was original published in 1955 and republished in 1992. The story opens with a young woman, dressed only in a slip and raincoat, danc
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal, mystery
#46 in the Perry Mason series. It's not unusual for one of Perry's clients to lie to him, but this time he has been hired by the client's half-sister for a client who claims amnesia. He has a sympathetic doctor stash her in a sanitarium until an arrest warrant causes her to be surrendered to the police. Perry doesn't have a conversation with her until her murder trial is well underway. A new twist.

Perry Mason series - Begin with a young woman in a park at night, nearly nude. The police were call
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
When Della Street pointed out the strange headlines "Sexy Spook Startles Spooners..." in the morning paper, Perry Mason had no idea he would be in the middle of it. That is until his first visitor for the day was the half-sister of that 'ghost' and she wanted Perry to handle the case.

Seems the 'Sexy Spook', Eleanor Corbin, had gotten herself into a few strange scrapes in the past but this looked to be the worst. This time it seems that she is now Mrs. Douglas Hepner, or maybe not. A convenient
Carol Evans
Feb 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The Glamorous Ghost was what I expected - an interesting court case, some good dialogue, a slightly convoluted mystery. The Glamorous Ghost is like a break, it's light short, fun, easy to read. Of course, things look dismal for Perry Mason's client, but he keeps grinding away and in the end we're not surprised that she gets off. He may push some of the grayer areas of what is, but he does it with style. The action keeps moving throughout the story; it's sharp and quick, there's no place where it ...more
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-mystery
This book was first published in 1955,and is part of the Perry Mason series. I've read others in this series, and usually enjoy them. This was another that I enjoyed, even though I had a pretty good idea of who the murderers were about 2/3 of the way through the story.

Perry becomes involved in this case when a well-dressed woman, Olga, comes in and asks him to identify and protect her half sister, Eleanor, who seems to be suffering from amnesia. Olga feels sure that the amnesia is fake, and that
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gardner-read
A typical, good Gardner's mystery. What is special about this novel is that the court action starts at around 40% of the book. Unfortunately it is easy to crack and there is not that much detective work done nor ploy twists. The defendant is again kind of not present, she gets arrested, but she neither hired Mason nor has done anything herself to try to resolve the problems. She claims to suffer from amnesia, therefore she is in no position to say anything to anyone.
Doug Dams
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Perry is asked to help a wealthy family keep their name out of the newspapers when their daughter is found wandering a public park semi-nude. There's the usual client hiding the facts, a case of amnesia and the family dynamics are thrown for a loop when a murder occurs. An odd family provides plenty of twists and turns in this story. It's told at a good pace and it keeps you interested.
Sep 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Perry Mason mystery in which the lawyer manages to win another case. In this one, his client is suspected of murder and, as usual, gets his client acquitted while also solving the case. There's some humor at the beginning with the circumstances that gives the novel its title.
Kunal Sen
Oct 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
My first Perry Mason: a book that still smells of my father's book-shelf from home and in my mind, is still nestled between 'Freedom at Midnight' and 'Shall we tell the President?'- just like it was all those years ago.
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