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The Case of the Mischievous Doll

(Perry Mason #71)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  354 ratings  ·  24 reviews
A mysterious young woman, Dorrie Ambler, wishes to prove her identity to Perry Mason. She wants him to witness her appendectomy scar, claiming she has a double. The double turns out to be Minerva Minden, madcap heiress of Montrose. Mason has his work cut out for him when his investigation leads him to a dead man in an apartment building.
Paperback, Large Print, 266 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Dales Large Print Books (first published January 1st 1964)
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Gene
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A woman named Dorrie Ambler came into Mason's office with a very unusual problem - this was actually the reason Mason decided to see her as he really hated normal routine. She wanted Mason to check her identity explaining that somebody might try to impersonate her in the future. So she showed her California's driver license with her fingerprint (do they still require it in the Sunny State?) asking to compare the print with the original - finger that is. She also showed him and Paul Drake invited ...more
Richa
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too confusing to begin with, the case gets neatly explained by the time Mason figures out the real story. One thing that I haven't yet been able to understand, is the relevance of the term 'mischievous doll' in the title. ...more
Bailey Marissa
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, read-in-2k17
This is definitely one of the crazier cases, so buckle up. A few Perry/Della moments, and some nice Paul/Della friendship moments.

Warning: this book has a 37 page courtroom chapter with no breaks. THIRTY. SEVEN. I love the courtroom scenes and how Gardner makes them flow but that was ridiculous.

Recommended 14+ for language, murder, violence, mentions of affairs, a crazy client, and Paul/Della flirting (that never amounts to anything because he knows Della <3 Perry).
Bob
Sep 24, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading Gardner's Perry Mason books off and on for a long time. Those who are used to really fine mystery writers may find Gardner's writing style a bit stiff and mechanical. Nonetheless, I still 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 around 1953 are the best. This one was written in 1963, in the latter part of the long run of the TV serie
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Kieran McAndrew
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a woman comes to visit Perry Mason believing she has been hired to act as a double for an infamous socialite, Mason soon finds himself involved in defending the socialite on a charge of murdering her double.

Gardner spins an intriguing and colourful tale which, as always pulls readers along as he develops the mystery with his reliable skill.
Rich Harvey
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Perry Mason's client fears she is being positioned as a patsy for another woman's hit & run crime. They look alike, they act alike (sort of, like the Donna Reed Show) ... the resemblance is close enough that Mason begins wondering who he's actually representing. Accompanied by private detective Paul Drake, his investigation takes him all across town picking up leads, and coming within arm's reach of a killer.

The first and second third of the book represents the legwork and the interviewing. The
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Ed
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal, mystery
#69 in the Perry Mason series. Dorrie hires Perry Mason to protect her from becoming the victim of a frame-up. She is concerned that look-alike Minerva is going to have her identified as the driver in a hit-and-run. She has Perry view her appendectomy scar as a means of identification. After a private detective is murdered and a woman's body, identified by fingerprints as Dorrie, is discovered, Miranda is arrested for the murder of the detective with the murder of Dorrie pending. Perry agree to ...more
Erskine
Not spectacular, but reasonably entertaining.
Abby Chantelle
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i like the style of these books.but sometimes you can't guess why this happen?how this happen?and how did she/he knows exactly you get this result ................ ...more
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A mysterious young woman, Dorrie Ambler, wishes to prove her identity to Perry Mason. She wants him to witness her appendectomy scar, claiming she has a double. The double turns out to be Minerva Minden, madcap heiress of Montrose. Mason has his work cut out for him when his investigation leads him to a dead man in an apartment building.

I kept thinking I had read this book, but later I realized it had many components of other Gardner books: the innocent female potential victim, Paul Drake PI eat
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Vintagebooklvr
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
3 1/2 stars. A mystery full of twists and turns. Very clever. I just didn't connect with the characters. It is also very reflective of its time, though it doesn't have blatant prejudices that make you cringe. You are aware of them, particularly the attitude towards women. I don't think it would be popular today. ...more
Cheryl
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
love Perry Mason
PoligirlReads
Just alright. It was plenty (too?) convoluted, but the reader at least had an opportunity to solve the case (unlike a previous book in the series).

Sandy Chris
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And, wow. How many times have I felt that Mr. Mason was in soup but he gets out brilliantly all the time.
Book collector
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
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Doug Dams
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an intersting story with the twist being mistaken identity. Perry's client is accused of murder, but the body is missing. Perry uncovers the victim, the murderer and the true crime in the courtroom and is accused of tampering with evidence. This is a neat twist. The story is fun to read and moves at a quick pace. ...more
Les Anderson
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Probably one of the most mixed up cases in the Mason series. Again, Perry Mason is the only one who notices the important clue but this time the clue comes before the murder even happens. There's also a good lesson here about police officers and criminals. I'm still not sure how Hamilton Burger continues on as District Attorney. This is possibly one of his most embarrassing defeats. ...more
Susan
Strange case with a truly strange and oddball client.

💥Recommended.
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Mike
Mar 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great dialogue. He is able to tell so much of the story from dialogue.
Vincent Darlage
A rather convoluted tale, but interesting.
SciFiOne
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-mystery
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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.

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