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The Case of the Mythical Monkeys

(Perry Mason #59)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  831 ratings  ·  50 reviews

Gladys Doyle's luxurious ski weekend, courtesy of her employer, takes a sharp turn for the worse when she heads home on Sunday. Heavy storms force her to seek shelter with a surly stranger in a lonely mountain cabin. Next morning there's a dead man in the bedroom, the mysterious host has disappeared, and poor Gladys's fingerprints are all over the murder
Mass Market Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 5th 2000 by Ballantine Books Inc. (first published March 1st 1959)
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Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gladys Doyle became a secretary of a bestselling author. Everything was fine and dandy until one day her boss sent her to a luxurious ski resort to represent her (the writer) in a movie rights talk. She also told her secretary how to avoid main roads not to spend to much time in the traffic. On the way back Gladys followed the directions, got hopelessly lost, and got her car firmly stuck in mud. Luckily she found a log cabin nearby.
Log cabin
The guy inside was not very hospitable (and speaking honestly G
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Read this one for a book group. It was a pretty good retro time in spite of the sexism and corny jokes.
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sure, Gardner had a "formula" behind his mystery novels; and some critics have emphasized that even in California, courts would NEVER put up with his nonsense. But, so what? -- these are still great "lite" (even if formulaic) mysteries with great characters. Always good, if simple lawyer/detective stories (courtroom versions of "cozies"). I can't resist them. So, three cheers for E.S.G.'s great escapist reads. I had to re-watch the TV (R.Burr) series version of "Mythical Monkeys," and was fascin ...more
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After a long time, a real good, meaty Perry Mason book. I really enjoyed this one. Full of intrigue, glamour, innuendoes, mystery, smart quips... everything you need in a good Mason Murder Mystery.
I was surprised to see that this is the 60th case in the series. I thought, it might have been his earlier cases, since it is kind of interesting.
Usually, it has been my observation, that when an author writes 70-90 books, in the mystery genre especially, there is hardly and novelty during the fag end
Versel Rush
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For reasons that are not relevant here, I decided to pick up an old Perry Mason book (one I haven't read in over 20 years, maybe 30) and read it again. I chose this book for no particular reason.

Even though you know how it is going to end (hint--Perry's client gets off), it doesn't change the wonderful writing of Gardner whose courtroom scenes are still hundreds of layers above Grisham.
Apr 14, 2011 rated it liked it
It's a Perry Mason. A Perry Mason I hadn't read yet. What's not to like! ...more
Kieran McAndrew
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gladys Doyle attends a meeting for her employer and is sent the wrong way on a shortcut. Stranded in bad weather, she spends the night in a cabin and wakes up to find the occupant gone and a dead body in the room.

Perry Mason soon finds himself caught up in intrigue and suspense as Gardner skillfully weaves a mystery which is guaranteed to keep readers turning the pages.
Milt Jacobs
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The one armed gardener did it. OOPS
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal, mystery
#59 in the Perry Mason series. I'm showing my age here, but as I read about the female author and her scandalous book, I couldn't help thinking of Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls (1966); maybe this 1959 mystery was an inspiration. There is a very unusual variation on Mason's usual courtroom climax; but it works and is a suitable conclusion to this complex mystery.

Perry Mason series - Gladys Doyle's luxurious ski weekend, courtesy of her employer, takes a sharp turn for the worse when she
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another of Gardner's better efforts in the Perry Mason series. Several of his usual tropes are abandoned in favor of some fresh story telling. ...more
Rupesh Goenka
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This Perry mason mystery has everything - sex, sophistication, flair & high courtroom melodrama. INTELLECTUAL & IRRESISTIBLE.
Mike Billington
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although I was a fan of the original Perry Mason television series, I had never read any of author Erle Stanley Gardner´s novels about the iconic attorney.
This year, however, I decided that I would step away from my usual habit of reading current Indie authors almost exclusively and reach back to sample writers from the past such as Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Rex Stout, and Gardner.
I´m glad I did because as much as I enjoyed actor Raymond Burr´s portrayal of Mason, I discovered in this
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Gladys Doyle answers an ad for “an experienced good-look secretary, hostess and companion, not over twenty-four, not under twenty-two, poised, close-mouthed and diplomatic.” Gladys gets the job, along with her own beautiful corner bedroom in her employer’s penthouse apartment, as it is a twenty-four-hours-a-day job.

Gladys Doyle’s is Mauvis Mean, authoress of the recent best-selling novel, “Chop the Man Down.” It is quite a racy and gritty book about a small town girl surviving in the big city. S
Greg Chandler
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
We know pretty much from the beginning that the accused is an innocent victim, guilty only of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Mauvis Niles Meade has written a sensational bodice ripper that may touch a little too closely on autobiography. To avoid an embarrassing interview, she sends her secretary Gladys in her stead, providing directions to a short-cut to help her make a hasty retreat. When the directions disappear, Galdys copies them over from Mauvis' hand drawn map, not noticing t ...more
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, california
Author Mauvis Meade decides not to go for a weekend meeting at a ski resort with a reporter and sends her secretary, Gladys Doyle, instead. Everything goes really well until Gladys drives home, and her car becomes stuck because of the mud in the forest. She walks to a cabin, seeking help, and encounters a surly man who reluctantly allows her to stay the night. To her shock, in the morning she discovers a dead body in the house, and she's the main suspect.

This is one of my favorite Perry Mason no
Charles Pehlivanian
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I can't really find fault with any of the Perry Mason titles. They are tightly-plotted, well-written gems. Some are awfully well-written. Gardner is the kind of writer who says "Della, let's go to the DA with this". The next sentence: "Good morning," stated Perry as he crossed the threshold of Hamilton's office door. No mention of the car ride, the elevator ride - not necessary. Buildup only when needed. These are quick, effortless reads, most of the plot carried by dialogue. And the plots - thi ...more
Ashwin Dongre
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
So was Gladys Doyle purposefully led to be trapped in a murder? Or was it just a coincidence? Or was it a part of a bigger plan? This is yet another novel, in which almost all the characters are equally probable murderer, they all have a grey character. And you almost miss the real clue pointing to the real murderer (I did not, ;p ). The story become quite entangled and confusing, none of the incidences match to make the whole picture. Towards the end you do start getting a glimmer of the pictur ...more
Suvarna Reddy
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Complicated yet logically simple.

Oh! I love Perry mason's way of solving murder mysteries. Earl Stanley Gardner depicts the court room scenes so well. Initially he seems to complicate all facts and characters but finally, it's just pure and simple logic. But hatsoff to the author for such real-life like novels. The twist in this story of the unsuspected Mrs.Manly finally evolving as the murderer is the highlight of the novel.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Story of a recently hired personal assistant to an author who sends her out in her place to an interview where upon coming home via a shortcut suggested by the author stumbles across a murder she is charged with.
May 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Questionable legal procedures, but Hamilton Burger’s attitude and his assistant’s tactics offset a lot of Perry’s actions. The plot is somewhat confusing, but I did pick up several key clues—even if I wasn’t able to put them together to identify the killer.
David Ong
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Monkeys scarf

It is well written by the author. He showed good deductions in the book in the ending he mixed different personalities in plot
virginia miller
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Great Story

Always amazed you how he figures things out. Love following the story line and guessing WHO. I never tire of this easy read entertaining edcape.
George Eraclides
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Another well plotted, clever who-dun-it. It hangs together better than most, and goodness, there's even a bit of tension between Drake and Mason, and Tragg and Burger. ...more
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
See no evil hear no evil speak no evil

Stayed awake the whole night gobbling this one up . Crazy crazy ride- a suspense thriller to the core .
Jeff J.
#59 in the Perry Mason series. Still processing this one. It was a bit convoluted, and I didn’t care for the denouement, but I still enjoyed it.
Sep 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
There is a lot of intrigue, mystery, a snotty author, a devious poser, and a unique scarf with a three-monkey design.

First published in 1959, this novel became an episode on the Perry Mason television show in 1960 starring Norman Fell with a moustache.

💥 Recommended.
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I've been reading Gardner's Perry Mason books off and on for many years. Those who are used to really fine mystery writers (in the literary sense), such as Ross Macdonald, may find the writing style here off-putting. It can be 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 plots, are why I read Perry Mason.

On the whole, the ones written by 1950 are the best. This one was written in
Book collector
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gardner-read
The case of artificial monkeys
The first three chapters tell a background story of Gladys Doyle, a secretary/personal assistant of a bestseller author Mauvis Niles Meade. She was sent up to the mountains with very specific instructions to meet a wolf and discuss her employer's publicity details. Though everything goes so great that she can just enjoy nice weekend skiing, she gets lost in the storm on her way back in the middle of nowhere at night. Trying to avoid freezing to death, she gets herse
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A woman acting for a romance novelist goes out to stand in for her at a boring meeting/party, gets lost on the way back, winds up stuck in the mud, and is forced to spend the night in a cabin occupied by a very unfriendly gentleman. She wakes up and the man is gone, and there's a dead body in a bed in the other room. This was a really fun, twisty plot that included the federal government and lots of Lt. Tragg, who can be one of my favorite characters (some of the best episodes of the TV series f ...more
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