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The Case of the Calendar Girl

(Perry Mason #57)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  375 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Contracter George Ansley skids off the road from criminal Meredith Borden, shot dead that night. He drops off Beatrice, but she kisses and distracts him with long legs. California lawyer Perry Mason finds the real Beatrice books models, including bruised Dawn, ex-wife to Frank Ferney, whose girlfriend model Loretta, claims Dawn kidnapped her and shot Meredith.
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published July 12th 1987 by Fawcett (first published July 1st 1958)
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Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contractor George Ansley just learned a valuable life lesson: sharing is caring.
I mean sharing with the right people - if you do not your life as a contractor becomes miserable and no building inspector is going to approve whatever you build. This part - about sharing with the right people - still holds true, 60 years after the book was published by the way.

The right person in this case was a so-called "public relation expert".
Public Relation
He guaranteed no inspector was going to give even a hint of troubl
Unbelievable! This is book #56 of the Perry Mason series and you'd think Erle Stanley Gardner ran out of ideas & steam, but NO SUCH THING!

There is a double twist to the story with Mason defending a client in a murder case, and once he is in the clear, he goes on defending the woman who turns suspect after the initial case is closed.

This is a very exciting read - the action grips you right at the very beginning and doesn't let you out of its clutches until the murder mystery is solved. We are bac
Newly Wardell
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could dig it. I love it when Perry blames one person to get one person off only to change his mind
A few twists on a classic Perry Mason novel - featuring a few refreshing scenes with Lieutenant Tragg, one of my favorite characters. Lt. Tragg's character as a considerate and quick-thinking policeman, devoid of political stain, is apparent in this story.
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal, mystery
#57 in the Perry Mason series. In a usual plot development from author Gardner, you have difficulty in determining the guilty party. First the Calendar Girl seems an innocent passenger, then she might be a devious driver. The car is stolen, so that doesn't help. But Perry is concerned with exonerating contractor Ansley. The courtroom scene that accomplishes that is expected, it's what comes next that distinguishes this series entry.

Perry Mason series - A contractor is getting grief from building
Bailey Marissa
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, read-in-2k17
Those Perry and Della interactions are 10/10. The plot is a crazy as usual, and still somewhat confusing until the end.

Recommended 14/15+ for language, violence, romance, and (not really sure how to describe them...) photos that aren't porn but definitely NSFW. (As usual, the book just mentions them and doesn't go into details.)
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Perry Mason and Della Street are out having a quiet dinner and a man (George Ansley) approaches them with an unusual story. He had just left a tense meeting with a crooked politician on his palatial estate and when he was on the driveway a car came from the other direction, sideswiped him and then crashed. He went to the aid of the occupants and found a pretty young woman lying unconscious and in typical Gardner fashion, her skirt was up near her hips. Thinking she is unconscious, Ansley starts ...more
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Case of Calendar Girl by Erle Stanley Gardner

One of the many court case drama of Perry Mason, this book keeps you hooked from the very first chapter. Half of the books contains the events have in one night successively, where ultimately there had been a murder.

The book is written in conversational type that helps the story move fast. And of course the dialogues are written in such manner that makes you keep guessing what had actually happened.

Erle Stanley Gardner has intelligently kept the
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would consider this among the better of the Mason mysteries. The thing that got me hooked to Mason Cases was the legal ingenuity the lawyer used to bring out the truth in the court. Here, he does it not just once, but twice! The court part was immensely enjoyable! The last star has been deducted only for the little less crunchy end. I expected it more flambouyant flourish.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 a bit dry and stilted. Nonetheless, I still love the general setting: the fast pace, 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 about 1953 are the best. This is one of the later
Kavita Srinivasan
Didn't see it coming at all! Loved the courtroom drama.
Rijo John
Two defendants handled by mason makes this unique!
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Perry Mason story, This one has a bit less out and about adventuring and much more clever courtroom maneuvers. Enthralling.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: private-eye
As far as I can remember, this is my first Perry Mason, and I have started this long series in a totally random place. Since I really enjoyed this one, I will do a bunch of the others, though reading all eighty is a bit of a tall order.

I like Gardner's clear, clean writing style. He also apparently has a gift for plot, because you can follow the timing and angles here perfectly well (not always the case with mystery novels). The court room dialogues seem pretty deft to me, though I have never he
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now this is one of the ones I'd like to have seen on the tv show, if only to see poor Della and Perry trying to scale a wall with a Doberman ready to take a bite out of them!

This had a lot of twists and turns, along with the absurdly overconfident Hamilton Burger. I liked seeing Perry work alongside Tragg, even if the alliance didn't last particularly long. The most impressive part is seeing how ESG manages to write two court scenes that aren't the least bit dry! I kept thinking about how that's
Rick Rapp
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of the Perry Mason books I've read, this was my favorite. The characters and dialogue were the most authentic and the case didn't get bogged down in minute details. I was kept guessing until almost the end, which is always a good trait for a mystery to possess. Once again, though, the characters drawn on the television show were so indelible that every time the regulars speak, I hear the actor who portrayed that character. That's not a bad thing, since those portrayals were gems all on their own ...more
Dheeraj Sankar
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perry Mason novels are always heart gripping and you just cant let the book go without turning the last page of the book.
The case of the calendar girl, one such gripping novel, neatly written and keeps you on your toes until the very last few pages of the book.

Two Defendants and a Murder Trail, enjoyed the court room drama thoroughly :)
Worth reading.. <3
James Vest
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As thrilling and satisfying a Perry Mason mystery as they come. A story so packed, that not only do Lieutenant Tragg and Mason briefly team up to gather evidence, this mystery requires two court cases to sort out the truth.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty much what you would expect. This was a blast from the past for me.

My book had last page or two torn out so that was annoying.
Lizzen Camelo
As far as novels on law go, this one was a rather quick read. Although the ending was anticlimactic, I thoroughly enjoyed the tactful parley and the blazing row. An effortless read.
I've been reading through Perry Mason's. An amateur photographer---artistic nudes! is murdered. Whodunnit. There's a great courtroom scene when the photographs are entered into evidence, and the author lovingly describes how, though nude, thoroughly artistic they are--then the judge demands to see them "in my chambers for the next 30 minutes." I made that last part up. Laughing. Gardner, you old roue.
Les Anderson
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was awesome because I don't most lawyers would defend two clients like this. It's probably one of the best written Perry Mason novels as well. Again, Hamilton Burger comes across as not too smart, mostly because he has two potential suspects and decides to prosecute one of them before clearing up the confusion.
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Some nice twists on the classic formula. (view spoiler). ...more
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like seeing justice done
This 1958 story is prime Perry Mason. Money, men who push their way to the top, dames who know the score, as much sin and corruption as in a Philip Marlowe story but a tenth the moping around about it.
Jeffrey Marks
Not the best of the Masons, the murderer can be spotted by assuming that Perry's client is innocent. However, there is a neat trick, where Perry represents 2 separate defendants for the same murder.
Vincent Darlage
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
"All of Mr. Mason's cases take peculiar turns," Hamilton Burger said angrily.

True of this story. Perry defends one defendant by throwing another person to the wolves, then defends THAT person!
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent example of a classic Perry Mason case! Super fun read for Perry Mason fans! Especially enjoyed Lt. Tragg teaming up with Perry on this one.
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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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