All that writer Cece Caruso -- a 39-year-old former beauty queen from New Jersey -- really wants to do is finish her biography of Erle Stanley Gardner so that she can finally stop obsessing about Perry Mason. Well, that and find a 1970 silk chiffon Ossie Clark to add to her collection of vintage clothing. And fix the broken front doorknob on her West Hollywood bungalow. But first she has to help save her daughter's foundering marriage, which is more than Cece could manage for her own.
Everybody's got problems. In a last-ditch effort to kick a bad case of writer's block, Cece pays a visit to a prison inmate who had once corresponded with Gardner, pleading his innocence. Her impetuousness lands her smack in the middle of a case worthy of Perry Mason himself -- a double-edged mystery linking a forty-year-old murder to one where the body is still warm. Propelled by tenacity, curiosity, a sense of humor, and an understanding of human nature's dark side, Cece will channel the inner sleuth she never realized she possessed to find a killer who is all too real -- and all too close.
I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason is hip, sexy, and smart. Susan Kandel has created an unforgettable cast of characters planted firmly in terra California. Join Cece as she breaks into crime scenes, outfoxes lawyers, rekindles a romance with a police detective, and -- oh, yes -- finally makes her peace with Perry Mason.
©2004 Susan Kandel (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
The young guy and the t-shirt moment.
Yes, she seemed to get the right essences of the character and story.
Yes, normally...but had to break it down and do bits at a time due to commitments.
I really enjoyed this book.
A great cast of characters, well researched, plotted and written.
I look forward to listening to more of the Cece Caruso mysteries, read by Dina Pearlman.
"I Dreamed I Married Erle Stanley Gardner"
I really enjoyed this novel's references to Perry Mason books. I have always been a huge Perry Mason fan, and I was gratified to learn so much about Erle Stanley Gardner. The author had really done her research on ESG. She also gave me a great sense of place regarding Southern California (I'm on the East Coast).
Like other reviewers have mentioned, there wasn't much "mystery" in this this title. I figured out "who done it" long before the sleuth did, but she is still charming. I could have used fewer references to vintage clothes, but I became intrigued by the heroine's love interest, and I'm looking forward to listening to the second book in the series.
"Great Light Listening"
For all of those who grew up with Nancy Drew, this is a perfect mystery.
"I wanted to like this book"
I love the Perry Mason series. The idea of a mystery revolving around Stanley Gardner was interesting. This book was not. It was slow and not very interesting. I finally skipped to the end to find out that I was right about the villain. I'm not going to but any more in this series.
"Too many details."
Too many details about clothing and scenery made it difficult to enjoy the story. I wanted to like the characters, but I couldn't with this book.
I could not continue to listen because the narrator butchered the English language. For one example: "rich as Cro-ee-tious" for Croesus? Seriously!!!
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