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The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (Perry Mason Mysteries (Fawcett Books)) (original 1936; edition 1988)

by Erle Stanley Gardner

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Title:The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (Perry Mason Mysteries (Fawcett Books))
Authors:Erle Stanley Gardner
Info:Fawcett (1988), Edition: Reissue, Mass Market Paperback
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The Case of the Stuttering Bishop by Erle Stanley Gardner (1936)



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Can a bishop stutter? Both Perry Mason and Della Street have their suspicions when one that does stutter show up and talks to them about an old murder, a very rich man and a girl that may or not be a heiress. Things get just more complicated after that.

Years ago a marriage was dissolved after a murder charge was leveled against a woman for what looks like an accident. Two girls claim to be the heiress of a huge estate. And then the man that owns it and that plans to give it to one of them gets killed. And our favorite lawyer is in the middle of the whole thing.

Old secrets, detectives that are not bothered to cheat their clients (unlike Drake and his men) and the usual clever thinking by Perry save the day - as usual. But the story makes a lot more tweaks and turns than usual and at the end that is one of my favorite stories so far in the series - everyone seems to be trying to either frame someone else or lie about something (and occasionally kill someone). ( )
1 vote AnnieMod | Jun 16, 2016 |
Another good story. Perry cuts a few corners -- keeps things interesting. I'm interested to know how the character evolves. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 18, 2014 |
An action packed Perry Mason mystery, with lots of sensational stuff even before getting to the court room. Perry Mason is approached by a bishop to act on behalf of someone else about an inheritance of some sort; the bishop stutters, which seems inconsistent with his vocation. In chasing up the background to this case, Perry gets in very, very deep and really has to work hard to avoid any kind of charges being brought against himself. Things get pretty convoluted, and there are a lot of people muddying things along the way. Very entertaining, all kinds of small clues, a variety of characters, some impressive bluffing, some rival detectives (with some desperate methods), and several close shaves. Everything is revealed by the end, so there is no sense of the being cheated out of a solution. ( )
  Flit | Dec 28, 2009 |
This book is taking main characters and the Perry Mason formula, putting in a bottle, shaking it up and spill it out on the pages of a book. Not your typical Perry Mason title. One of the most adventerous titles in the series. ( )
  seki | Jun 13, 2009 |
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Perry Mason's eyes came to a hard focus on the figure which paused uncertainly in the doorway of his private office.
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Julia Branner insists her marriage was sabotaged by her millionaire father-in-law, who forced her to give up her baby girl for adoption. Now, years later, a young woman appears, claiming to be Julia’s long-lost daughter. But Julia insists the heir-apparent is a fake—and vows to keep the family fortune from falling into the wrong hands.

Abetted by a bishop with questionable credentials, Julia plans to expose the imposter. But things take a devilish turn when the curious cleric vanishes and Julia’s father-in-law is murdered. Charged with the killing, Julia turns to Perry Mason. But with overwhelming odds against him, Perry may not have a prayer...
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