Order of Erle Stanley Gardner Books
Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) was an American author of detective fiction. He was best known for creating the Perry Mason character and also wrote Cool and Lam series as A.A. Fair as well as the Doug Selby series. Before getting into writing, Erle was working as a lawyer, so he began writing stories for pulp magazines in his spare time. Eventually, he gave up practicing law in order to move to writing in full-time. Gardner was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and also won an Edgar Award.
Erle Stanley Gardner’s writing career began in 1923 in pulp magazines, but his first novel was The Case of the Velvet Claws (Perry Mason’s debut). The novel was published in 1933. Below is a list of Erle Stanley Gardner’s books in order of when they were first published:
Publication Order of Perry Mason Books
Publication Order of Perry Mason Collections
|The Case of the Murderer's Bride and Other Stories||(1955)|
|The Case of the Crimson Kiss||(1970)|
|The Case of the Crying Swallow||(1971)|
|Four Cases of Murder: Starring Perry Mason||(1989)|
Chronological Order of Perry Mason Books
The Case of the Crooked Candle occurs after The Case of the Drowsy Mosquito. The Case of the One-Eyed Witness is set between The Case of Negligent Nymph and The Case of Fiery Fingers. The Case of the Burning Bequest takes place between The Case of the Irate Witness and The Case of the Fenced in Woman. The short story collection The Case of the Crimson Kiss is set between The Case of the Lonely Heiress and The Case of the Vagabond Virgin. The collection The Case of the Crying Swallow is chronologically placed between The Case of the Fan Dancer’s Horse and The Case of the Lazy Lover.
Publication Order of Doug Selby Books
Publication Order of Terry Clane Books
Publication Order of Donald Lam & Bertha Cool Books
Publication Order of Gramp Wiggens Books
Publication Order of Standalone Novels
Publication Order of Short Story Collections
Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books
|Hunting the Desert Whale||(1963)|
|The Hidden Heart of Baja||(1964)|
|The Desert is Yours||(1966)|
|Drifting Down Delta||(1969)|
Notes: The Donald Lam & Bertha Cool series was written as A.A. Fair. The Case of the Burning Bequest was written by Thomas Chastain, based on the work of Erle Stanley Gardner. The Bigger They Come was also published as Lam to the Slaughter. Give ’em the Ax was also published as An Axe to Grind. Shills Can’t Cash Chips was also titled Stop at the Red Light. The D.A. Calls It Murder was originally published as This is Murder.