Perry Mason

87 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 853 ratings

The Case of the Velvet Claws 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.

©1945, 2011 Erle Stanley Gardner (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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  • Book 1

    • The Case of the Velvet Claws

    • Perry Mason Series, Book 1
    • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The true Perry Mason, hard boiled detecting at its finest!

    • By Michael on 01-05-18

    Regular price: $19.99

  • Book 2

    • The Case of the Sulky Girl

    • Perry Mason Series, Book 2
    • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    Frances Celane has good reason to pout. Thanks to a provision in her late father's will administered by her uncle, she's caught in the middle of a family feud between matrimony and money. If she chooses marriage, she loses a million. But beautiful young Frances has a strong will of her own that she's not afraid to use. One way or another, she means to hear wedding bells and cash registers making beautiful music together. Her first move: hire Perry Mason to orchestrate things.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another classic hard boiled mystery

    • By Michael on 01-12-18

    Regular price: $19.99

  • Book 3

    • The Case of the Lucky Legs

    • Perry Mason Series, Book 3
    • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    Young Marjorie Clune's best asset is her greatest misfortune: a pair of exquisite legs. They attract the perfect heel, a self-professed movie promoter named Frank Patton, whose scam seems even more flawless than Marjorie's lissome limbs. When the hype clears, the local chamber of commerce is many dollars poorer, Marjorie's been hung out to dry - and Patton's been found with the knife of Marjorie's lover implanted in his chest....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent listen

    • By Jan Nassif on 09-11-18

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  • Book 4

    • The Case of the Howling Dog

    • Perry Mason Series, Book 4
    • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 24

    Compared to a juicy murder trial, a case of feuding neighbors isn't exactly Perry Mason's cup of tea. But Arthur Cartright insists that Mason is the only one who can muzzle the howling hound that's driving Cartright crazy. But Perry doesn't realize just how crazy until he meets his client's neighbor. Clinton Foley says Cartright is barking up the wrong tree with his canine companion - and swears that the man is dangerously insane to boot.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Perry Mason Mystery

    • By Dennis on 10-19-17

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  • Book 5

    • The Case of the Curious Bride

    • Perry Mason Series, Book 5
    • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    After con man Greg Moxley married Rhoda Lorton, he took her money and flew - only to have his plane crash. Years later, Rhoda weds millionaire scion Carl Montaine. But now Moxley has turned up alive and well...with plans to pocket the Montaine fortune - or else make Rhoda's bigamy public. Desperate to protect the good name of Montaine, Rhoda seeks out Perry Mason. But before Mason can reel in Moxley, somebody murders the scheming blackmailer.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Perry Mason Gumshoe Lawyer

    • By Chris T on 09-19-17

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  • Book 6

    • The Case of the Counterfeit Eye

    • Perry Mason Series, Book 6
    • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Wealthy businessman Hartley Bassett has killed himself. There's a typewritten suicide note and three guns lying near his body. But for Perry Mason, that's evidence overkill. He knows there has been trouble in Bassett's life. His wife wants out, his stepson hates him, an embezzler can't pay him back - and there's the man with a glass eye who hired Perry Mason even before his glass eye went missing and was found in the hands of the deceased.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Easy listen, like an old movie

    • By Chris Geschwantner on 02-01-17

    Regular price: $19.99

  • Book 7

    • The Case of the Caretaker's Cat

    • Perry Mason Series, Book 7
    • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    In his will, Peter Laxter guaranteed his faithful caretaker a job and a place to live...for life. But Laxter's grandson Sam says the deal doesn't include the caretaker's cat - and he wants the feline off the premises by hook, crook...or poison. When Perry Mason takes the case, he quickly finds there's much more at stake than an old man's cat - a million dollars or more to be exact....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of my favorites

    • By Doug on 05-20-18

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  • Book 8

    • The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece

    • Perry Mason Series, Book 8
    • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 16

    Who killed Philip Rease? Peter Kent was known to be a sleepwalker and a bloodstained knife was found under his pillow. There were people who would like to see Peter Kent out of the way, but would they frame him for murder? And would that explain the reason for Rease's death? It was another case full of traps for Perry Mason.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As usual, much better than the TV episode.

    • By Evie on 04-06-17

    Regular price: $19.99

  • Book 9

    • The Case of the Stuttering Bishop

    • Perry Mason Series, Book 9
    • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Julia Branner insists her marriage was sabotaged by her millionaire father-in-law, who forced her to give up her baby girl for adoption. Now, years later, a young woman appears, claiming to be Julia's long-lost daughter. But Julia insists the heir-apparent is a fake - and vows to keep the family fortune from falling into the wrong hands.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best!

    • By Evie on 04-12-17

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  • Book 10

    • The Case of the Dangerous Dowager

    • Perry Mason Series, Book 10
    • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    When Matilda Benson solicits the help of Perry Mason, her request seems simple enough: cruise to a gambling ship moored just beyond the twelve-mile limit and buy back the IOUs signed by Miss Benson's niece. But after Mason reaches the floating casino, he discovers problems aplenty - most notably the ship's owner with a bullet hole through his head. Strangely enough, Matilda and her niece are also on board that night...when someone tosses a gun over the railing. Does Perry Mason's client have something to hide?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • No court today for Mason

    • By Stephen W Osborne on 02-14-18

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  • Book 11

    • The Case of the Lame Canary

    • Perry Mason Series, Book 11
    • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 18

    The extraordinary Perry Mason never handles straightforward divorce cases, but this one is an especially strange bird. Rita Swaine is dating her sister's ex-boyfriend. Her sister, Rosalind, is married to shady insurance adjuster Walter Prescott, who's got dollar signs in his eyes and ice water in his veins. When Rita's beau gallantly steps in to warn Rosalind about her heinous husband's designs, Prescott hatches a plan to prey on them all...by suing for big profit.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Perry Mason seen the way the author created him.

    • By Chris T on 05-09-17

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 12

    • The Case of the Substitute Face

    • Perry Mason Series, Book 12
    • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    While enjoying a leisurely ocean cruise in the company of secretary Della Street, Perry Mason is approached by passenger who is worried about the wellbeing of her husband. Not long afterward, her husband is seen jumping off the ship, an apparent suicide - but when the body is recovered, it turns out that he was shot. Accused of murder, the wife puts her fate in the hands of Perry, who in the course of piecing things together unearths the fact that the husband had once accepted a huge bribe while serving on a jury.

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  • Book 13

    • The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe

    • Perry Mason Series, Book 13
    • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    After her well-to-do Aunt Sarah is caught shoplifting, Virginia Trent is convinced she needs to seek psychiatric help for kleptomania. So why does Virginia turn to legal eagle Perry Mason? Because a cache of valuable diamonds - left in Sarah's care - has suddenly vanished into thin air. Virginia thinks Sarah swiped the stones, but gem dealer Austin Cullens begs to differ. In fact, he's prepared to forgive and forget - until he is mysteriously murdered and Sarah is caught running from the crime scene.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, lousy narration

    • By Stephen W Osborne on 01-13-17

    Regular price: $19.99

  • Book 14

    • The Case of the Perjured Parrot

    • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 25

    Did Wealthy Fremont Sabin divorce his wife before his untimely death? That's the multimillion-dollar question. And the right answer will mean a windfall for either the dead man's angry son or headstrong widow. Each has accused the other of destroying Sabin's will - and murdering Sabin. But with no document declaring to whom the affable eccentric intended to leave his fortune, Perry Mason faces a prickly puzzle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent.

    • By ah on 03-28-18

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 15

    • The Case of the Rolling Bones

    • Perry Mason Series, Book 15
    • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 14

    Years ago Alden Leeds found a rich vein of gold in the Klondike. Now his greedy relatives fear he's planning to throw his fortune away on a gold-digging spouse, Emily Milicant. So to prevent the two from joining in holy matrimony, they commit their affluent kin to a sanitarium on a trumped-up charge. Then Leeds escapes, only to end up in the company of Emily's blackmailing brother, John, a manufacturer of fixed dice, rolling bones that always come up seven.

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  • Book 16

    • The Case of the Baited Hook

    • Perry Mason Series, Book 16
    • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Who was that masked woman? That was the question plaguing Perry Mason. No one loves a good mystery more than Mason - but being asked to represent a client who is concealing her identity, not to mention the particulars of her case, has given even the legendary legal eagle a case of ruffled feathers. Yet the intriguing cloak-and-dagger tactics have Perry hopelessly hooked. As for the silent siren behind the mask, is she heiress Byrl Gailord or penniless Adelle Hastings?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Trouble With Greed

    • By Darian on 10-13-18

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  • Book 17

    • The Case of the Silent Partner

    • Perry Mason Series, Book 17
    • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 15

    Successful florist Mildred Faulkner finds that the flower business is no bed of roses when arch-competitor Harry Peavis secretly buys stock in her small, family-owned business. To keep from being muscled out of her own company, Mildred goes to Perry Mason. But the legal eagle is stymied when Mildred's company is plundered by her brother-in-law to pay off gambling debts. The money trail leads to a nightclub hostess and her boss. When both are found dead, the trail of evidence leads back to Mildred.

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  • Book 18

    • The Case of the Haunted Husband

    • Perry Mason Series, Book 18
    • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 15

    Aspiring actress Stephane Olger just wants to be in pictures. But she may end up in mug shots instead when she gets herself caught up in a crime. Shortly after quitting her job and moving to Hollywood, she is picked up by a well-dressed man while hitchhiking. The man loses control of the car and they end up in a horrible accident. Both Stephane and the driver escape unscathed but the strange man flees the scene leaving Stephane to face a charge of manslaughter.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very good

    • By Ladybug Lady on 06-29-18

    Regular price: $19.99

  • Book 19

    • The Case of the Empty Tin

    • Perry Mason Series, Book 19
    • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 21

    A spanking-new tin can, secretly placed among the rows of Mrs. Florence Gentrie's preserves, contains not a speck of food - but it does carry one very damning clue to a murder that took place right next door. Such an unsavory discovery in such an unlikely place can't help but pique the curiosity of a dedicated mystery hunter like Perry Mason.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Performance

    • By W. Abbott on 10-26-17

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  • Book 20

    • The Case of the Drowning Duck

    • Perry Mason, Book 20
    • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    A dead man in the kitchen, gas fumes permeate the house, a duck seems to be drowning in the fishbowl, but it didn't die. Maybe that fact has something to do with murder? John L. Witherspoon, a wealthy patrician, is loath to let his daughter marry Marvin Adams, the son of a convicted murderer, something Marvin's mother managed to keep a secret - until now. To set the love-struck lass straight, Witherspoon engages Perry Mason to weigh the 20-year-old evidence that sent Marvin's father to the gallows, and prove that the young man is kin to the murdering kind.

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