Order of Perry Mason Books
Perry Mason is the protagonist in a series of detective fiction novels and stories by American novelist Erle Stanley Gardner. Mason works as a defense lawyer, but usually ends up working as a detective in the process in order to clear his client’s name. The series was adapted to the TV series of the same name from 1957 until 1966, which starred Raymond Burr. Burr also appeared in 26 television movies from 1985 until 1993. The character also appeared in several films, radioplays, comics and a second TV series.
Perry Mason made his debut in the novel The Case of the Velvet Claws, which was published in 1933. Gardner ended up writing 89 novels and short story collections featuring the Perry Mason character. His final novel in the series was 1973 – lasting 40 years – and was entitled The Case of the Postponed Murder. In addition, a novel entitled The Case of the Burning Bequest was written by Thomas Chastain, which was published in 1990. Below is a list of Erle Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason books in order of when they were originally released (as well as notes on their chronological order):
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.
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The Case of the Lucky Legs by Erle Stanley Gardner is the third book in the Perry Mason series. Frank Patton was a tall and handsome promoter, and an accomplished crook. But when Perry Mason meets him, he’s got a knife sticking out of his chest.
The Case of the Counterfeit Eye by Erle Stanley Gardner is book 4 in the Perry Mason series. Hartley Bassett is a wealthy businessman who has apparently committed suicide. There’s even a note and some guns near his body. However, Perry Mason thinks that’s too much evidence. Besides, there’s plenty of people around Bassett who had more than enough motive to off him.