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The Case of the Irate Witness

(Perry Mason #85)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  293 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Contains four short stories:
The Case of the Irate Witness,
The Jeweled Butterfly,
Something Like a Pelican, and
A Man is Missing.
ebook, 192 pages
Published March 18th 2000 (first published September 1st 1973)
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Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
First things first. At this point I am positive my friends became annoyed with reading my non-stop reviews of Perry Mason series. Rejoice my dear friends and followers as this book contains very last story of the series. The drinks are on you!!!
This is book 85 of the series. Yes, I read them all and I have my reviews to prove it. I already feel like I am missing some important part of my life.

The book contains four short stories; not a one of them is long enough to qualify to be a novella.

May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection! One short Perry Mason mystery-ette, and three other short mysteries, each with a different investigative character. This was actually my first introduction to Lester Leith, and I enjoyed him (and his story) enough that I will seek out some of his other heists!

I was actually really surprised, because the Jeweled Butterfly did not read like an Erle Stanley Gardner story, and I don't mean that in either a good or a bad way, simply that it had a different tone a
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
#85 in the Perry Mason series. 4 novelettes including Author Gardner's only short story featuring Perry Mason. The stories originally appeared between 1942 and 1953 before being collected in this 1970 compilation. In addition to Perry Mason, Lester Leith is a protagonist who has appeared in other works by Gardner. Stories are all different but enjoyable.

Contains four short stories: 1. 'The Case of the Irate Witness (1953),' After being stopped at a police roadblock checking on a robbery in Jebso
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This book contains 4 stories, one short story and 3 novelettes, only one of which is a Perry Mason story. It was interesting to see the same attention to small details in the other stories leading to solutions to the puzzling mystery. The publisher's note indicates that The Case of the Irate Witness is the only short story that features Perry Mason, but still has the famous court room scene. ...more
Bailey Marissa
(3.2) (Again, I didn't read the whole book, just the Perry Mason story)

Perry's goodness gets him involved in a trial, where he proves the client innocent due to looking at the situation logically.

Recommended 11+ for robbery and maybe some language
The case of the irate witness

A story with a ghost client. I know it's probably just an abundant first draft of an idea, but still... While getting on his weekend getaway, Mason gets pulled over and ID'd due to a bank robbery that occurred in the city he was driving though. Rumor has it that he's defending the robber, so randomly, the famous LA lawyer decides why not? No one hires him and we don't even meet the defendant, but who would care? There's typical Gardner court action, everything is ver
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NOT the only short story!

Per Wikipedia, there are 4 short stories featuring Perry Mason by Erle Stanley Gardner:

1) The Case Of The Crying Swallow published in The American Magazine, August 1947

2) The Case Of The Crimson Kiss published in The American Magazine, June 1948

3) The Case Of The Suspect Sweethearts published in Radio And Television Mirror, May 1950

4) The Case Of The Irate Witness published in Collier's, January 17, 1953

All have been published in short story anthologies in hardcover and/
Misti Hamby
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
The story line is magnificent, it has all the right ingredients for a fiction.
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Four good who done it novellas, only the first of which is a Perry Mason Story.
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Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The characters were fleshed out just enough without any extraneous information to slow down the narrative.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A nice collection of interesting suspence stories. Every story was gritty, logical and gripping.
Reviews by Jacqulyn
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the plot.
Jeff J.
A collection of short stories by Gardner. The sole story featuring Perry Mason was pretty weak.
Debopriyo Moulik
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
The book has mediocre mysteries. They are not overly complicated though the resolution is muddled.
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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
Elizabeth S
Dec 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: n-mystery, z-2011, c-adult
Even though I liked Gardner's Perry Mason novels, I enjoyed these short stories a lot more. I guess Gardner's short story writing style fits my tastes better.

Published posthumously, this is a collection of four of Gardner's short stories. The first, The Case of the Irate Witness, is a Perry Mason gem. Short, quick, and clever.

Next we have The Jeweled Butterfly. It is longer, more of a novella, and features an amateur female detective, Peggy Castle. "What," you say? "A female detective?" Yes, y
Dominique Petersen
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book has 4 stories. Only the first one, "The Case of the Irate Witness" starred Perry Mason, Della Street and Paul Drake, so it was quite interesting to read 3 different stories by the same author. I really enjoyed them all. ...more
Dhiraj Sharma
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Well lets just say that I find the full fledged novels of Mr Gardner better than this short story collection.
The short stories are good but none that you would remember. His novels are more engrossing and this collection hasn't got Perry Mason and Della Street to keep you hooked.
Vincent Darlage
Sep 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Short and to the point... It was a pretty basic story - and felt more like a plot synopsis than a short story.
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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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