Perry Mason
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


The Case of the Velvet Claws(1933) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Sulky Girl(1933) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Lucky Legs(1934) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Howling Dog(1934) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Curious Bride(1934) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Counterfeit Eye(1934) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Caretaker's Cat(1935) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece(1936) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Stuttering Bishop(1936) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Dangerous Dowager(1937) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Lame Canary(1937) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Substitute Face(1938) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe(1938) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Perjured Parrot(1939) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Rolling Bones(1939) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Baited Hook(1940) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Silent Partner(1940) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Crooked Candle(1940) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Haunted Husband(1941) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Empty Tin(1941) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Drowning Duck(1942) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Careless Kitten(1942) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Buried Clock(1943) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Drowsy Mosquito(1943) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde(1944) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Gold-Digger's Purse(1945) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Borrowed Brunette(1946) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Fan Dancer's Horse(1947) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Lazy Lover(1947) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Lonely Heiress(1948) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom(1949) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Cautious Coquette(1949) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Negligent Nymph(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Fiery Fingers(1951) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Angry Mourner(1951) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Moth-Eaten Mink(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Grinning Gorilla(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Hesitant Hostess(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Fugitive Nurse(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Runaway Corpse(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Restless Redhead(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Sun Bathers Diary(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Nervous Accomplice(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Glamourous Ghost(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Terrified Typist(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Demure Defendant(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Gilded Lily(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the One-Eyed Witness(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Lucky Loser(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Screaming Woman(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Daring Decoy(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Long-Legged Models(1958) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll(1958) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Calendar Girl(1958) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Deadly Toy(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Mythical Monkeys(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Singing Skirt(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Waylaid Wolf(1960) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Duplicate Daughter(1960) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Shapely Shadow(1960) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Spurious Spinster(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Bigamous Spouse(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Reluctant Model(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Blonde Bonanza(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Ice-Cold Hands(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Mischievous Doll(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Stepdaughter's Secret(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Amorous Aunt(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Daring Divorcee(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Phantom Fortune(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Horrified Heirs(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Troubled Trustee(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Beautiful Beggar(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Worried Waitress(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Queenly Contestant(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Careless Cupid(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Fabulous Fake(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Irate Witness(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Fenced in Woman(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Postponed Murder(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Burning Bequest(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Perry Mason Collections


The Case of the Murderer's Bride and Other Stories(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Crimson Kiss(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Crying Swallow(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Four Cases of Murder: Starring Perry Mason(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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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Perry Mason Synopses: The Case of the Sulky Girl is the second Perry Mason novel by Erle Stanley Gardner. Frances is unable to get married due to a clause written into her late father’s will. It states that if she gets married, she will lose her more than substantial inheritance. So she decides to hire Perry Mason to find a loophole, but soon Perry ends up looking into a murder in the family…

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.

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