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Master defense attorney Perry Mason is hired by a young woman to protect her scandalous and headstrong halfsister, Eleanor Corbin, from the consequences of her last escapade. Reissue....

Title : The Case of the Glamorous Ghost
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ISBN : 9780345437860
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Number of Pages : 232 Pages
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The Case of the Glamorous Ghost Reviews

  • Evgeny
    2019-04-13 19:17

    "If there's something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Perry Mason!"This is not the exact quote, but it is highly appropriate nonetheless. Perry Mason, Della Street, and Paul Drake play the Ghostbusters long before the original movie was filmed. First it was a newspaper story that caught Parry Mason's attention. Apparently the evening before a couple was was having a romantic evening in the secluded spot; nothing inappropriate as the book was published in 1955. Suddenly a dancing woman appeared wearing a see-through coat and almost nothing else looking almost like a ghost, a glamorous ghost. It was implicitly given to understand that the ghostly woman looked much better than the one with her boyfriend - not to mention the advantage in clothing (of the absence of such to be exact). The boyfriend seemed to forget about his company, so the woman was forced to grab the first heavy object under her hand and give a chase to the so-called ghost. She failed, but later the police found a woman still dressed the same way suffering from amnesia. No sooner Mason finished reading as a half-sister of the yesterday's ghost came asking to protect her relative from whatever trouble she as as it seems the woman whose name was Eleanor Corbin always played an amnesia card when she was in trouble. This time according to some signs the trouble had to be of the epic proportions. It turns out quite soon "epic" had not even begin to describe the said troubles. In some of the Mason's cases (usually the best ones) it is impossible to understand what is going on. Things happen and they seem to be related as they happen to the same group of people, but how exactly they are related and that is their purpose are completely unclear. This case belongs to the same category. Things became clearer fairly fast: right in the second half. Still some confusion is always welcome in a good mystery - and this series almost never fails to be good. The rating is the usual 4 stars. P.S. Something finally occurs to me, after only 47 initial books of the series. If you are a DA and Perry Mason is nearby is would be a great idea to go to the latter and ask if your next suspect is Mason's client. If so start looking for another suspect right away and avoid future embarrassment. This is a good advice even if I was quite slow to come up with it.

  • Kurt Reichenbaugh
    2019-04-09 20:07

    I've been in a reading slump lately and started this one on a plane ride from Wisconsin. It turned out to be a pretty good one. Sometimes the plots get crazy in Erle Stanley Gardner's books, but this one clipped along at a good pace. The case concerns a young woman found wandering in a park, nearly naked and claiming to have amnesia. Of course there is a body discovered in the same park. Luckily for the young woman in question, she's an heiress and is possibly married to the murder victim. Unluckily for her, there are a number of witnesses and circumstantial evidence pointing the finger of guilt her way. There is also a subplot involving smuggling gems. A good one.

  • Tony
    2019-04-03 15:20

    THE CASE OF THE GLAMOROUS GHOST. (1955). Erle Stanley Gardner. ***. A woman enters Perry Mason’s office and engages him to represent her sister. She doesn’t know what for yet, but she is sure that her sister is in the soup this time. Turns out that her sister was seen coming out of the woods wearing a sheer nightgown, covered only by a raincoat, waving at a couple parked nearby in a car – smooching. The young lady parked in the car with her boyfriend, thinking that this lightly clad woman was trying to entice her date, took after her with a tire iron. Our vision in sheer got away, but was later picked up by the police. She can’t remember what happened that night, or, even who she was. We know; she is the sister of Mason’s client. Later, a corpse identified as her boyfriend – or, possibly husband – was discovered nearby in the woods where she had been cavorting. He had been killed by a bullet through the back of his head. Mason has his hands full with this case; it has open-and-shut written all over it.

  • Richa
    2019-04-16 20:32

    Too dramatic. I somehow saw the end. It took too long for Mason to see it though.

  • Bob
    2019-03-20 20:12

    I've been reading Gardner's Perry Mason books off and on for many years. Many years ago, I was an intense fan of the series, and read them all, at least once. Now, after a lot of water over the dam, I'm looking at them again.Those who are used to really fine mystery writers, such as Ross Macdonald, may find the writing style here a bit stiff and mechanical. Nonetheless, I still love the general setting: 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 1950 are the best. This one was written in 1955, and it shows. While the plot is ingenious and complex, the book overall has flaws. The writing is competent but lacks the flair of those written before 1950. The plot has a few odd features.The story begins with a young woman named Olga consulting Perry about a sensational story that has just appeared in a newspaper. A young woman dressed only in a diaphanous nightgown was attracting a lot of attention the night before in a local park. She claims not to remember anything. This "glamorous ghost" is named Eleanor and is the half sister of the woman who has called on Perry. Olga is positive that there is nothing wrong with Eleanor's memory, that she is faking because she is mixed up is something really bad. Perry arranges to get Eleanor to a private mental hospital.Before long a body is discovered in that same park, near where Eleanor was dancing in the moonlight. It turns out to be one Douglas Hepner, who Olga says they met on a recent voyage to Europe. It turms out that Eleanor was more than friends with Hepner, and he was murderd with Eleanor's gun. She is arrested.Soon we meet two other young women who know Hepner, Suzanne and Ethel. Hepner was engaged in a rather odd profession. He was a detective of sorts, traveling to Europe to catch jewel smugglers. We also meet a supercilious apartment house manager, and Hepner's mysterious "mother" who lives in Salt Lake City. The situations are quite complex, yet there really are not very many suspects for who could have done it. But how does all this fit together?There are extensive courtroom scenes, among the most of any Perry Mason novel -- maybe even too much. Hamilton Burger is at his sputtering best.Excellent Hamilton Burger, no Tragg, very little Holcomb. Good use of Della and Drake.For once, Perry is not in a dangerous predicament for his own career. Recurring themes: Della is used in a decoy ruse, which may put her in jeopardy. Sisters, one sane and responsible, one a bit "flighty". Use of private mental hospital. A supercilious character.Recommended for the plot.Questions: (semi-spoilers)1. Did the murderer know that Eleanor would walk close to the body? How?2. Why did the "mother" in Salt Lake play dumb when Perry first calls her, telling him about Suzanne?3. When Perry is first interviewing Suzanne, who calls her to report that Hepner is dead? The police wouldn't have.4. Why Salt Lake City? Why not some place much closer to LA, like San Bernardino or Santa Barbara?5. Why have two hideout apartments in LA? (in the Titterington Apartments).

  • ben
    2019-03-25 20:22

    I thought I had this one figured out the entire time but once again I was proved wrong and when the evidence was revealed I don't know how I missed it as the whole thing is widely used in popular crime TV nowadays. The legal battling and other excitements within this novel were enough to warrant four stars even if the conclusion I expected from the time it began to flesh itself out was the true one - but with the final reveal I had to give this five stars. Possibly the best Perry Mason novel I have read this far.

  • Lorilee
    2019-03-27 12:34

    Good, reading the whole series.

  • Ruth
    2019-04-03 16:12

    classic perry mason quick light read

  • Vincent de Paul
    2019-03-30 19:17

    Eleanor.... a good character

  • Larry Farlow
    2019-04-02 12:32

    I'm familiar with Perry Mason from the old TV show but this is the first of Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason novels I've read. The novels are bit more "hard boiled" than the TV show was (Della Street actually says "damn" a few times) but I'm sure that's due to the standards for television at the time. I did figure out who the murderer was before the end but not much before. The court room scenes are well written and as dramatic as those in the TV show but the novel format allows them to be more detailed and well developed since everything doesn't have to be wrapped up in an hour. Overall a great read and a good mystery.

  • Serena
    2019-04-02 19:22

    My Rating System:* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

  • False
    2019-04-10 19:06

    The usual half dressed doll in need of a good attorney. A lot of shenanigans in the courtroom. Perry keeps his clothes on. 1955. Such an innocent time. The Kardashians would put the diaphanous ghost to blushing with their nonsense. And their gems? Paltry, compared to the K theft in Paris.

  • Brenda
    2019-04-15 12:06

    Okay, so you ask, who is Erle Stanley Gardner?? First off he was an attorney who turned to writing. His most famous character is Perry Mason. The original TV series was done from his books, with a lot of the episodes coming straight from the novels or short stories. You can find more information on Gardner here, Erle Stanley Gardner.The Case of The Glamorous Ghost was original published in 1955 and republished in 1992. The story opens with a young woman, dressed only in a slip and raincoat, dancing in the dark where a young couple is sitting in a car. It goes downhill from there for the young lady.It's a typical Perry Mason novel. His client is a trouble maker, a young wild girl. She's motherless and just does as she pleases. Her older half-sister is concerned for her and some of the problems she has caused. The young lady states she has amnesia, but no one believes her. Does she have amnesia? The reader isn't quite sure until the end.Mason's client lies to him, lies to her family and is keeping a secret. And then there is the amnesia. And the jewels? Who do the jewels belong to? Where did they come from? Should Mason bring them out into the light?And of course, what good is a Mason novel without the playful banter between him and his secretary, Della Street? It's been a decade or so since I've read a Mason novel and forgot how well these two characters interact with each other. She calls him Chief all of the time in story. If you've watched the old TV series, 1957-1966, then you can see Raymond Burr, actor, as Perry Mason [Raymond Burr Vineyard] and Barbara Hale as Della Street []. Although in this particular story Paul Drake isn't in it much, there's more Della Street, you can still see William Hopper as the character.The novel is one of the best one. Some of the earlier ones are better, but from the 1950's this is one of the better ones. If you want a light read, with some great character interaction, then this is the novel for you. Give it a try. Gardner's books are not like the gritty, in your face, gory books that are written today. But they are fun to read and a lot of them keep you guessing. I love the way this one ends.

  • Ed
    2019-03-26 18:21

    #46 in the Perry Mason series. It's not unusual for one of Perry's clients to lie to him, but this time he has been hired by the client's half-sister for a client who claims amnesia. He has a sympathetic doctor stash her in a sanitarium until an arrest warrant causes her to be surrendered to the police. Perry doesn't have a conversation with her until her murder trial is well underway. A new twist.Perry Mason series - Begin with a young woman in a park at night, nearly nude. The police were called and find an apparent amnesia victim. Della Street shows Perry Mason this article, and tells him the half-sister wants Perry to represent Eleanor Corbin, that young woman. The half-sister warns Perry that Eleanor must be in another jam after taking off with Douglas Hepner two weeks ago. Eleanor met Douglas on a return cruise from Europe, their family is wealthy. Eleanor tells Perry that she married Douglas, they were in an automobile accident, and she remembers nothing. But Douglas has disappeared and can't be found. The investigation finds out a number of hidden facts in the background of this newly married couple. But were they in fact married? Other statements don't check out, and lead to new people who are connected to this pair. Soon a dead body shows up, and the found evidence points to Eleanor. Her story sounds incriminating, her only witness is the murder victim! Perry figures out the loose ends, and unravels the mystery to free his client.

  • Chazzi
    2019-04-16 20:10

    When Della Street pointed out the strange headlines "Sexy Spook Startles Spooners..." in the morning paper, Perry Mason had no idea he would be in the middle of it. That is until his first visitor for the day was the half-sister of that 'ghost' and she wanted Perry to handle the case. Seems the 'Sexy Spook', Eleanor Corbin, had gotten herself into a few strange scrapes in the past but this looked to be the worst. This time it seems that she is now Mrs. Douglas Hepner, or maybe not. A convenient case of amnesia makes thing foggy.Douglas Hepner seems not to be what he purported to be when he met and courted Eleanor on a cruise ship crossing the Atlantic. There are some strange and mysterious things in his background. What about his "mother" who lives in Salt Lake City? And his work with the customs department involving smuggling?These are just two of the characters in this twisting tale of intrigue, murder and secrets that sends Paul Drake, Perry Mason and Della Street on the hunt for the truth.Classic Perry Mason!

  • M. Ashraf
    2019-04-05 12:26

    رواية جميلة جدا , و بالرغم ان بداية نشرها كان في عام 1955 الا اني وجدتها تصلح لاي وقت , و كثير من الافلام ذات الطابع الجنائي و القضائي اعتمدت عليها في كثير من النقط و التقاصيل و بعد ان قرأتها اكتشفت انها تحولت الى مسلسل تلفزيوني بعد ذلك :) و ان شخصية بيري ماسون من الشخصيات الشهبرة جداPerry Mason A master attorney works difficult criminal cases for his clients.The show first air was 1957 and it lasted for 9 seasons till 1966 , so it seemed it had a huge success those days .The Case of The Glamorous Ghost was aired in season 5 , Episode 19 on the 3rd of Feb. so I will watch it and compare it with what I just read :) , I wish it be as good :) Perry Mason Imdb

  • Marj
    2019-04-02 16:16

    This book was first published in 1955,and is part of the Perry Mason series. I've read others in this series, and usually enjoy them. This was another that I enjoyed, even though I had a pretty good idea of who the murderers were about 2/3 of the way through the story.Perry becomes involved in this case when a well-dressed woman, Olga, comes in and asks him to identify and protect her half sister, Eleanor, who seems to be suffering from amnesia. Olga feels sure that the amnesia is fake, and that Eleanor is pretending to have lost her memory to cover up for some jam she's gotten herself into.This story was a well-written mystery that I enjoyed.

  • Carol Evans
    2019-04-03 13:29

    The Glamorous Ghost was what I expected - an interesting court case, some good dialogue, a slightly convoluted mystery. The Glamorous Ghost is like a break, it's light short, fun, easy to read. Of course, things look dismal for Perry Mason's client, but he keeps grinding away and in the end we're not surprised that she gets off. He may push some of the grayer areas of what is, but he does it with style. The action keeps moving throughout the story; it's sharp and quick, there's no place where it slows down too much.You can see my whole review at Carol's Notebook.

  • Anna
    2019-04-02 19:08

    A typical, good Gardner's mystery. What is special about this novel is that the court action starts at around 40% of the book. Unfortunately it is easy to crack and there is not that much detective work done nor ploy twists. The defendant is again kind of not present, she gets arrested, but she neither hired Mason nor has done anything herself to try to resolve the problems. She claims to suffer from amnesia, therefore she is in no position to say anything to anyone.

  • Doug Dams
    2019-04-18 18:25

    Perry is asked to help a wealthy family keep their name out of the newspapers when their daughter is found wandering a public park semi-nude. There's the usual client hiding the facts, a case of amnesia and the family dynamics are thrown for a loop when a murder occurs. An odd family provides plenty of twists and turns in this story. It's told at a good pace and it keeps you interested.

  • Kunal Sen
    2019-04-07 16:29

    My first Perry Mason: a book that still smells of my father's book-shelf from home and in my mind, is still nestled between 'Freedom at Midnight' and 'Shall we tell the President?'- just like it was all those years ago.

  • Pat Flewwelling
    2019-04-01 13:07

    Actually four and a half. Loved the characters - villains and otherwise - but there were a couple of final chapter surprises that felt like a writer's afterthought, and not like a previously overlooked clue. Otherwise, my favourite Perry Mason book so far.

  • George
    2019-04-11 12:26

    Perry Mason mystery in which the lawyer manages to win another case. In this one, his client is suspected of murder and, as usual, gets his client acquitted while also solving the case. There's some humor at the beginning with the circumstances that gives the novel its title.

  • Pia Menezes
    2019-03-30 17:29

    A crazy mystery which is really confusing but hilarious at the same time. its nit always easy to find a good mystery with comical parts and this one had them both in equal doses and went really well together

  • Scoats
    2019-03-28 18:29

    Another masterful Perry Mason mystery. Great plot, great characters, great pacing, and a great solution. 5 stars.

  • 4cats
    2019-03-23 19:36

    Easy, enjoyable, legal crime thriller's featuring Perry Mason, Della Street and Paul Drake. Formulaic fun.

  • Giridharan
    2019-04-13 18:25

    The case was fairly straight forward from the beginning and I felt the ending could have been worked on a little bit better. It was very quick.

  • Rijo John
    2019-04-06 17:34

    Pretty good mystery - keeps us guessing till end and more odds against him.

  • Monica Willyard
    2019-03-27 12:31

    Misdirection, memory loss, murder, and missing jewels make this a delightful mystery. I learned something new about our legal system with every Perry Mason novel I read. I really enjoyed this one.

  • Pete Roman
    2019-04-18 15:29

    gahhhhh a very very good book! Can't put the book down. I had to read fast to know what happened to Eleanor. :)