Cece Caruso

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 270 ratings

I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason Publisher's Summary

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.
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  • Book 1

    • I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason

    • A Cece Caruso Mystery
    • By: Susan Kandel
    • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 64

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I Dreamed I Married Erle Stanley Gardner

    • By anonymous on 01-30-12

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • Not a Girl Detective

    • A Cece Caruso Mystery
    • By: Susan Kandel
    • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Besides her beloved collection of vintage designer clothing, there is nothing Cece Caruso cherishes more than her childhood memories of Nancy Drew. Her near obsession with the fictional teenage sleuth led her to become a professional biographer of classic mystery writers. And now that she's working on a book about Nancy's pseudonymous creator, "Carolyn Keene", Cece's in heaven.

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3

    • Shamus in a Green Room

    • A Cece Caruso Mystery
    • By: Susan Kandel
    • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    Cece Caruso is thrilled that her biography of the legendary Dashiell Hammett is headed for the big screen. Rafe Simic, the actor cast as the lead, may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but the money she'll make tutoring him in the ABCs of The Maltese Falcon should be good enough to feed her addiction to vintage Yves St. Laurent. But when the dead body of one of Rafe's old flames is discovered, Cece can't help but ask questions.

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • Christietown

    • A Cece Caruso Mystery
    • By: Susan Kandel
    • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    For the grand opening weekend, Cece is staging a play featuring the beloved sleuth Miss Marple. Of course, everything goes wrong, including a leading lady who ends up dead. All is not well in Christietown; its secrets are as complicated as the truth behind Agatha Christie's real-life disappearance. The developer, an Englishman who claims to be Dame Agatha's descendent, has ruthless investors breathing down his neck.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • just ok

    • By QuiltyGrl on 09-02-12

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 5

    • Dial H for Hitchcock

    • A Cece Caruso Mystery
    • By: Susan Kandel
    • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    Cece Caruso--mystery biographer extraordinaire, vintage clothing enthusiast, and part-time sleuth—is in freefall. First, she calls off her wedding, for reasons even she can't explain. Second, her newest biography (of Alfred Hitchcock) is way past deadline. So Cece puts on a houndstooth suit with peplum and heads out to see Vertigo, only to come home with a cell phone belonging to a stranger named Anita Colby. Nothing if not a good citizen, Cece tries to return the cell phone—only to hear someone push Anita off a cliff.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable Lite Fluff

    • By Michele on 10-06-10

    Regular price: $24.95