Great Old-School Mysteries: The Perry Mason Novels

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Sometimes it's easy to forget that some of our favorite television shows started off as books. Sometimes we even forget that those books existed. I recall being thrilled to happen upon a copy of the original M*A*S*H novel by H. Richard Hornberger a few years ago. Litlove had a similar experience recently when she came across a stack of Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason novels at a local bookshop. These sound like the perfect books to curl up with on a rainy summer day. -- Karen

"This was good stuff, if you like the old Golden Age style (and I really do), all puzzle, all panache, not much gore. The pace was fierce, with twists and turns and liberal scatterings of red herrings, and at the centre was Perry Mason, nominally a lawyer but far closer to a detective, one of the old school heroes who was indefatigable and relentless in his pursuit of the criminal. He reminded me very much of the British Paul Temple from the same era. Forget your Wallanders and your Morses, back in the 1930s and 40s there was enough blackness in the world for these men to distinguish themselves by being clever, brave and tenacious. "

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Credit Image: Raymond Burr with Ina Victor. (Perry Mason) © Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com

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