The Case of the Velvet Claws : Perry Mason

  • by Erle Stanley Gardner
  • Narrated by Alexander Cendese
  • Series: Perry Mason
  • 6 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Criminal lawyer and bestselling mystery author Erle Stanley Gardner wrote nearly 150 novels that have sold 300 million copies worldwide. Now, the American Bar Association is bringing back his most famous and enduring novels - featuring criminal defense lawyer and sleuth Perry Mason - in striking trade paperback editions.
Married Eva Griffin has been caught with a prominent congressman, and is ready to pay the editor of a sleazy tabloid hush money to protect the politician. But first Perry Mason tracks down the publisher of the blackmailing tabloid and discovers a shocking secret, which eventually leads to Mason being accused of murder.
This is the first Perry Mason mystery and our introduction to secretary Della Street, detective Paul Drake, and the great lawyer himself.


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I Expected Better

I once attended a lecture where the premise was -- if you enjoy detective / legal stories, there are 2 types of people -- those that love "Law and Order' and those that enjoy "Perry Mason." I fall in the L&O crowd, but my husband loves the Perry Mason series on TV. On a recent trip, I loaded up this first in the Perry Mason series for us to enjoy on the drive. Our expectations were not met.

I knew the story would be dated since this first book in the series was written in 1933, but was hoping for some charm. Nope -- the characterizations are incredibly weak and dialog is absolutely unbelievable. I thought Gardner would be a great author, but not so much in my opinion. My problems are much more than the dated format and mannerisms. His opinion of women is outrageous and during one of the witness interviews, the "N" word was used to our complete horror. We tuned out at that point. The narrator did not improve this terrible book.

Listen at your own risk.
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- L. O. Pardue "I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers."

the origin of Perry

Would you consider the audio edition of The Case of the Velvet Claws to be better than the print version?

the audio is better due to the narrator's display of the character's emotions

What other book might you compare The Case of the Velvet Claws to and why?

any Agatha Christie's mysteries

What about Alexander Cendese’s performance did you like?

the effort in displaying the emotions of the charaters

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


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- lerone

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-05-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio