The Case of the Runaway Corpse
DEAD MAN'S DRIVE
Her husband was stealing her money, while accusing her of a plot to poison him -- or so claims the frightened young Mrs. Myrna Davenport. She wants Perry Mason to find the incriminating note her husband left for the authorities accusing her of murder -- especially now that Davenport is dying.
Perry finds the envelope, but it's filled with blank paper. Then
It seems her husband accused her of trying to murder him. To safeguard himself he wrote a letter with proof of this to be delivered to authorities in case of his death. Mason's client asked the lawyer to get hold of the letter saying that it is all lies meant to destroy her reputation.
Shortly after Mason agreed to represent her the aunt called saying the husband died. Mason rushed t ...more
The funny Paul/Della scene is all TV and there's a lot more technical law terms and scenes in the book, but it's still a good story.
There's some hinted Perry and Della flirting which is the best, and I'm not going to lie - that's mostly why I read these books. (My ultimate OTP)
Recommended 12/13+ for murder, lawyer ta ...more
Otherwise this is a solid murder mystery that makes little sense until the end. Also included are solid characters. The settings are also ...more
A quick and easy read, try it!
This did not involve much courtroom drama. Some parts felt repetitive. Not too thick a plot. There were so many constraints in the story that only a few outcomes were possible. So the reveal was not very surprising.
A husband who died from poisoning but was subsequently seen climbing from a motel window in his night wear.
Gardner's plotting is tight and, as ever, hides the guilty party in plain sight throughout the novel and the clues are always there in twenty twenty hindsight.
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 ...more