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The Works of Erle Stanley Gardner

November 04, 2008 by sdc

During the Nov/Dec 2008 hiatus between meetings of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, we encourage regular attendees to participate as a group in a virtual way. While we may not have an actual meeting scheduled during these two months, we want to use this blog to keep everyone active with their mystery reading and discussions.

We encourage Just Desserts participants to read a book by Erle Stanley Gardner (the creator of Perry Mason, as well as many other novels) at some point in November or December 2008, then come back here and leave a comment about whichever ESG book they read, as a comment post in response to this message.

As a bit of background, here are some links to Erle Stanley Gardner information:

We look forward to seeing your comments here over the course of the next two months!

Scott C. - Just Desserts coordinator

Tagged in: Just Desserts, mystery, discussion group, Erle Stanley Gardner, hiatus,

Comments 3

Roger Way said:
Hello and happy holidays to all our group members! I read Erle Stanley Gardner's "The Case of the Ice-Cold Hands". What fun! The story moved rapidly, with lots of catchy dialogue and interesting situations. Chapter Two has a very amusing scene in Perry Mason's office with Perry, Della Street and Paul Drake.

I nearly didn't check out this novel because the jacket flap description made me aware horse racing was involved. I don't take well to stories involving horse racing, but I'm glad I ignored my intuition. This was a very enjoyable read. I recommend it highly!

My thanks to Scott for the links to the excellent web sites about ESG and Perry Mason.

See you in January!
Barbara Rixstine said:
I re-read my favorite, the Case of the Terrified Typist. The books are dated, of course, but for anyone who's seen all the Perry Mason tv shows and can put the actors into the book, they're still good. Thanks, Scott.
Cathy said:
Sorry I didn't post this earlier. I read The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll. I picked this up at the library sale. A woman runs away from her life, picks up a hitchhiker who is killed in a car accident. She is suspected of killing the hitchhiker whose identify she has stolen. I had heard that the Perry Mason in the books was a harder type and they softened him up some for the television series. In this book, Mason uses Della to plant evidence to confuse the police. I enjoyed the book although I am not sure I feel a need to read the series. I had heard about the author's involvement with the Court of Last Resort. I read a book (don't remember the author), but the character wrote biographies of famous mystery writers including Earl Stanley Gardner.

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