My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Case of the Shoplifter’s Shoe is one of Perry Mason’s early mysteries, written in 1938.
I will always love Perry Mason but I get a kick out of his early books. They are filled with 1930’s “snappy patter.” Just think of any of the vintage Thin Man movies with Myra Loy and Wm Powell and you’ll know what I mean. (Didn’t you just love Asta?)
Anyway in these early works, Perry Mason is not the staid middle-aged lawyer with the faithful discreet law secretary, Della Street. He is a snappy dresser and an audacious lawyer and it is intimated that he and Della are more than friends. 😉
In one phone conversation, Perry calls up Della and when the phone rings a long time before she picks up, he starts with: “Having a heavy date, Della?”
She snaps back, “If this was a heavy date, I wouldn’t have even heard the phone.”
So if you love Erle Stanley Gardner and want to read how Perry Mason started out, this book is for you!
PS-I bought this one at a library book sale, an original 1938 two book cloth-covered hardback. Paid cents for it. You can’t beat a library book sale!
QUESTION: Anybody have a favorite Perry Mason episode you’d like to share?- Anybody find a great book at a library sale?-Lyn
To purchase, click here. The Case of the Shoplifter’s Shoe (Perry Mason Mystery)