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The Case of the Curious Bride

(Perry Mason #5)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,161 ratings  ·  110 reviews
This is a Perry Mason mystery novel.
Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 14th 1989 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1934)
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Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Curiosity killed a cat.
A curious bride

Nobody could even accuse Perry Mason's book plots of being too straightforward, or being straightforward at all. For this reason my description of the beginning of the plot might not even make sense: it looks something like following:
A complicated plot

A young woman came to Perry Mason for a consultation. She used old as the world trick saying she was making her inquiries in the behalf of her "friend". Even the most clueless reader could see through it, not to mention a hardened crimina
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first foray into the world of Perry Mason and I was pleasantly surprised.

The fifth installment in the long running Perry Mason series; a lawyer/private detective mashup of sorts, sees Perry Mason, off his own back take on a case where the defendant, at point of contact, has no idea she needed a lawyer to defend her against a murder charge. Rather, Rhoda Lorton, was asking the lawyer for help in a domestic case; her 'friends' husband had been missing, presumed dead for 7 years and no

Wham! Bam! Thank you, Perry Mason. :)

If you want someone pulling a fast legal one on your enemies, he is you man ... lawyer .... defense attorney.

It's one of the early cases out of more than 80 books and it is fast and furious.

James Thane
This is the fifth book in Erle Stanley Gardner's long-running Perry Mason series, originally published in 1934. By then, at least according to the storyline, Perry and his principal associates, Della Street and Paul Drake, were already in the prime of life and Perry had already mounted an impressive record of courtroom victories. Given that, one would assume that Perry, Della and Paul all must have been somewhere in their seventies or early eighties by the time they finally won their last case i ...more
S.P. Aruna
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After con man Greg Moxley married Rhoda Lorton, he took her money and flew the coop, as they say — only to have his plane crash. Years later, Rhoda weds millionaire scion Carl Montaine. But now Moxley has turned up alive and well….with plans to pocket the Montaine fortune — or else make Rhoda’s bigamy public. Desperate to protect the good name of Montaine, Rhoda seeks out Perry Mason. But before Mason can reel in Moxley, somebody murders the scheming blackmailer. In a case that abounds in lethal ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Perry Mason mystery and I really enjoyed it.
I can get over the sexism (a sign of the times) and the use of full names...always...and what is going on with him and Della Street? *wink wink*
The mystery was solved in a very satisfying manner and Mason's freedom from the usual methods of investigation was thrilling.
I am in awe of his manipulation/interpretation of the law and will certainly be reading more of these!
This is my Perry Mason...

Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
The first of my theme related reads this month (for my reading plans and “theme” for the month see One couldn’t possibly have Books and Lawyers as a theme and not read Perry Mason! This, one of the earlier titles in the Perry Mason series, sees yet another beautiful young woman seeking Mason’s help. When a certain Helen Crocker shows up at Mason’s office one morning seeking advice for a “friend”, it doesn’t take Mason and Della long to find out who her ...more
The Case of the Curious Bride by Erle Stanley Gardner is the 5th book in the Perry Mason Mystery series. Recently married Rhoda Montaine consults Perry Mason when her previous husband, thought to have died in a plane crash, turns up alive and blackmails her for money. When he is killed and Rhoda is arrested, Perry Mason is again in the middle of a murder case. I am slowly rereading the books in order this time and they are just as good as I remember. A fast paced mystery with plenty of twists an ...more
Amit Bikram
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better Perry Mason books, especially as it contains a courtroom scene, which Gardner is a master of. The plot is strong and there are not too many points where the reader has to suspend belief. Every proof that comes in handy at the end has been mentioned before and there is no out of the blue solution presented, which can not be said for all Perry Mason books.

The characters involved are believable, and there is a bit where Mason is able to identify the true reason behind the suspect
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The appeal of Perry Mason, his secretary Della Street and detective Paul Drake lie in their putting truth and justice ahead of money and safety and doing so with cleverness and enjoyment. Once again they put it all on the line for their client.
In the Case of the Curious Bride they take on the smugness of inherited wealth, the evil of con men who prey on women and a District Attorneys who rush to judgement. These mysteries are fun who-done-its that use deep psychological motives with the subtle
The Mustache Louie Matos
The Case of the Curious Bride is the fifth Perry Mason novel written by Erle Stanley Gardner. I admit that it has been a very long time since I have read a Perry Mason novel, but I seem to recall that his novels are very similar in several ways. Again, forgive me if I do not have this quite right, but I recall that most of the novels have Mason holding his cards close to the vest until he is in the courtroom. The courtroom is generally the setting for his big reveal. The murdered is usually some ...more
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book had the curious woman asking questions for her friend. When she leaves Perry because of his obvious disbelief, she leaves having paid for his services in advanced. Perry searches for her and only when she is about to be accused of murder of her long missing husband does he locate her. He provides some amazing lawyer tricks in the last moments to bring the truth to light.

The blackmailer is a grimy guy and really deserves what he gets. I love the way Earle Stanley Gardner writes and how
This is the fifth book that Erle Stanley Gardner has written. Definitely one of my favorites.
After con man Greg Moxley married Rhoda Lorton, he took her money and flew—only to have his plane crash. Years later, Rhoda weds millionaire scion Carl Montaine. But now Moxley has turned up alive and well….with plans to pocket the Montaine fortune—or else make Rhoda’s bigamy public. Desperate to protect the good name of Montaine, Rhoda seeks out Perry Mason. But before Mason can reel in Moxley, somebody
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 5th novel down my "journey into time" (started in 2015) to discover old treasures like the Perry Mason Series, is, once again, a complete page-turner.

"The Case Of The Curious Bride" is yet another superb thriller that pulls of a superb plot that entertains to the hilt. Perry Mason, a character created in 1930s, can easily be a part of 2019 and the author would need to change NOTHING (not even a word) to adjust to the advanced world since 1930s. Now, THAT, for sure is what is evergreen. The s
Dean Anderson
I've often watched the Perry Mason television show, but this is only the second Perry Mason novel I've read. Both the character and the story structure of the two are quite different. The television show is a traditional whodunit. The emphasis is on finding out who committed the murder (always a murder) and seeing that justice is done. In the couple of books I've read, the emphasis is on Perry getting his client off, and he doesn't seem particularly interested in who committed the murder (always ...more
Steven Walle
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I always enjoy a good Peary Mason book with all of its' cast of charictors including Della Street Peary Mason's secretary and Paul Drake Peary Mason's detective. Enjoy and Be Blessed. Diamond ...more
Mar 23, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I love social commentary, the two aspects of this book that stand out to me the most are, of course, elements of social commentary.

One, the wealthy's responsibility to do more than encourage their children to care about the family name and protecting the family wealth. They need to educate their children and make sure they're capable of handling whatever the world may throw at them. They can't protect and shield their children forever, and what type of citizens are they creating if they al
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
This was a story packed with action and court room drama and yet somehow I feel a little deprived. As if the author wrapped up the story in a hurry at the end so he could move on to the next one.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading Gardner's Perry Mason books for many years. I love the general setting: the characters of Perry, Della, Paul, Lt. Tragg, and Hamilton Burger. That, and the ingenious plots, are why I read Perry Mason.

On the whole, the ones written by about 1953 are the best. This is the fifth one, from 1934. As in all the early ones, Perry is a hard boiled agressive ingenious fighter, not the more urbane established figure of the much later TV series. It is excellent.

The story begins when a you
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being one of the earlier books in the series, Mason is still relatively fresh, more of a detective than a lawyer, there is a little distance between Della and him and he is full of tricks! Somehow, I have felt that as more books were added to the Mason Mysteries, the ingenuity slowed down. Mason was made to live up to a certain caricature of a ruthless, strong, well known lawyer; with the solutions conveniently rushed up at the very end. Almost akin to the later Poirot mysteries.
I'm on a Perry Mason kick. I was introduced to Perry Mason through the TV program starring Raymond Burr. I have read a few of the books, but thought I'd compare the episode version with the book version. Obvious why some plot lines were left out of the TV episode... but the mystery is actually pretty interesting! ...more
This was the best one yet! I never get tired of Perry.
Bailey Marissa

Only one Perry and Della moment with Paul being the biggest trolling shipper known to man after almost catching them.

Recommended 12+ for language, murder, and talks of infidelity.
Pau Gueco

Perry Mason - the most famous criminal lawyer in fiction, whose mental agility once again baffles the District Attorney's office...
Helen Crocker - a seemingly diffident soul who is most anxious to secure information for "a friend"...
Della Street - the perfect secretary, whose insight into human nature is a valuable asset to her boss...
Paul Drake - the quick-witted private detective who gets himself a job by working a hunch...
Nell Brinley - a secretive trained nurse and "a
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perry goes at it again. What a guy! If I ever need a lawyer I'm looking for him. Great stuff! ...more
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like Perry Mason. And Della. And Paul.
I liked the Doorbells and buzzers in this one. Clever one.
Another great mystery!
Annabel Frazer
I'm still a relative newcomer to Perry Mason, reading them out of order and trying to feel my way through their world. I think this must be one of the earlier ones (1935?). It certainly feels a bit eccentric in terms of the way Mason acts. He's very physical and aggressive and proposes quite reckless interventions to help people he has taken a liking to, while cheerfully plotting the downfall of those he hasn't. There's not much of an abstract passion for justice here.

The plot, about a new wife
Dr Hanif Hassan Barbhuiya
Well, aren't all of Perry Mason Mysteries explosive in one way or the other. The Case of the Curious Bride is the fifth book in the Perry Mason Series and Erle Stanley Gardner makes an absolute brilliant thriller out of it.
As for the book itself, it contains a bit more dialogue than other Mason novels I've read, I think because this is an earlier novel in the series, and it moves pretty slowly. There's a lot of care in setting up the details for later, but it's repetitive. It's like
Bryan Frazier
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this novel , and wanted to review it " Fresh , " so to speak . This is one of the earlier Perry Mason novels . Erle Stanley Gardener was still finding his way a bit in these books . The courtroom scenes are fun , and very entertaining . I liked watching Perry Mason put the smug Deputy District Attorney in his place !! ( It is a character named " John Lucas " here . Sometimes , Hamilton Burger would not be the featured adversary !! Perhaps Gardener thought that it would get redund ...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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