The Case of the Curious Bride by Erle Stanley Gardner

First published in 1935 The Case of the Curious Bride is the 5th Perry Mason book by Erle Stanley Gardner.

Synopsis extracted from the back cover:

An attractive young woman calls at Perry Mason’s office to inquire if a friend can marry again without getting a divorce as her husband had been presumed killed in an air accident seven years previously. Mason sees sinister implications and as a result of his investigations – helped by his secretary Della Street – dramatic developments lead to a court case in which the tables are turned on the police.

My view:

There are plenty of twists and turns in this mystery surrounding Rhoda Montaine, who is accused of murder and it certainly looks as though she is guilty.  I found it very puzzling. I also thought it was unsatisfactory as Perry Mason resorts to trickery, fooling everyone. At times I was at a complete loss to understand what he was doing and why. It all becomes clear at the end, but I found it far-fetched.

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Penguin Books 1960 (first published by Cassell 1935)
  • Source: I bought the book
  • My Rating 2/5
  • Challenges: Mount TBR, What’s in a Name 6 (a book with an emotion in the title)

6 thoughts on “The Case of the Curious Bride by Erle Stanley Gardner”

  1. I am so intrigued with older murder mysteries, time certainly have changed. I find myself sometime saying just text them, why travel to the other side of the mountain to see if they are home. Could you imagine if Perry were to do some trickery today, the hardened criminal would walk, and probably sue the state for wrongful arrest and get a million dollars.

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    1. Irene, I think that was the problem with the book for me. I found it hard to accept that he could get away with what he did. As he says:
      ‘My methods are unconventional. So far they’ve never been criminal. Perhaps they’re tricky, but they’re legitimate tricks that a lawyer is entitled to use.’ I wasn’t so sure!

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  2. I’ve never read any of the books but I do remember when Perry Mason was the much watch programme on a Friday evening. Perhaps I should forgo the written version to keep my earlier memories intact?

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    1. I think I would keep your memories intact, Alex. I’ve read two other Perry Mason books, which I liked more than this one. I’ve got one more book and after that I don’t think I’ll bother with any more.

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  3. Margaret – Sorry to hear you didn’t like this one particularly. Mason does get away with things that in real life, a lawyer really couldn’t do. In that sense I agree that some of the novels are over the top. I like his courtroom presence, but I can see your point quite clearly.

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  4. I’ve never read any of the Perry Mason mystery novels but it was my mom’s favorite TV show. I remember in the last months of her life we discovered reruns of those shows daily on one channel and we watched them together on her bed. We grew closer than we ever had been during those months and I treasure the memories which are so wrapped up in Perry Mason reruns.

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