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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (March 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060581069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060581060
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,647,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This lively and slightly idiosyncratic heroine, the sometimes exotic California surrounds, and the complicated plotting make this series debut essential.” (Library Journal)

“Thumbs up to newcomer Kandel’s series for its snappy dialogue and carefully worked-out plot.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“A well-spun plot and clever writing.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Cece Caruso is the new girl on the mystery block, and is she ever a hoot....lively reading.” (Rocky Mountain News)

“This first novel straddles, rather elegantly, the genres of ‘chick-lit beach book’ and ‘smart mystery.’” (LA Weekly)

“This is a book that would make Perry Mason proud.” (Mystery Scene)

About the Author

Susan Kandel is a former art critic for the Los Angeles Times. She has taught at New York University and UCLA, and served as editor of the international journal artext. She lives in West Hollywood, California, with her husband, two daughters, and dog.


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I look forward to reading the other books in this series.
Tracy L.
My only problem was that I got a bit confused by all the different characters in the book and at times couldn't keep them straight.
Penny Nichols
The writing is good, the locale is really well described and the characters are interesting.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Nusz VINE VOICE on August 31, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
CeCe Caruso is a writer, specifically a writer of biographies. Currently, she's working on piecing together the fascinating tale of the life of Erle Stanley Gardner, the creator of the Perry Mason series. She inadvertently comes across a murder-mystery of her own when going through some of Gardner's old files.

CeCe stumbles her way through a muddled confusion of suspects, innuendo and out-and-out blackmail, trying to find the answer to the question of who killed whom, and for what reason, all the while attempting to hold together her own somewhat odd, and oh-so-human life.

Along the way, CeCe becomes attached to a younger man, struggles to work out the mystifying possibilities of her daughter's husband's before-marriage wild oats, solve the problem of the slimy, and pesky, snail intruders in her yard and, last but not least, finish the Gardner biography in time to give it to her editor.

I DREAMED I MARRIED PERRY MASON is a romp that reader's of chic-lit and women's fiction won't want to miss. Filled with unpredictable, down-to-earth characters that grab your attention and make you feel like you're right there in the moment, living their slightly twisted lives right along with them. Author Susan Kandel has given the leading characters quirky little traits that add depth and a deliciously humorous bent to the tale. Readers will have no trouble relating to slap-dash, sometimes-messy, vintage-clothes-loving CeCe. Nor will they have a problem connecting with beautiful big-hearted Lael, CeCe's best friend. And, they certainly won't find it hard to imagine CeCe's attraction to `tall dark and handsome' Burnett.

Susan Kandel's I DREAMED I MARRIED PERRY MASON is truly one of the most entertaining books I've read this year.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janet Lee Wolfson on December 31, 2005
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What a great little book. The title is a little misleading because Perry Mason never makes an appearance, instead it is the story of an Erle Stanley Gardner biographer getting caught up in an old murder mystery. I thought the story jumped around a little too much sometimes, but overall it was very good and I thought the premise was unique.

If you like this kind of mystery, I would also recommend Harley Jane Kozak's books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CaseyMalden on September 12, 2007
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Move over Stephanie Plum. Kandel's heroine, Cece, is Italian (in name only) instead of Polish; but she's got big hair, she's tall and her boyfriend is a policeman. Well, if the formula works, why change it? Cece has left New Jersey for West Hollywood and she's prettier than Ms. Plum,and thinner,too. But, like Stephanie, Cece lives on a diet of junk food.

The mystery is solved and the culpable meet their fate all in the space of two pages. Considering the book is 280 pages long, she could have dragged out the climax for a few more pages. Unlike Evanovich, the prose doesn't ring true. Evanovich manages to make the most outlandish characters seem plausible--maybe because she feeds into our dearly-held stereotypes. Kandel always seems to be trying to hard to make her characters loveable eccentrics, but they aren't believable for a minute. Still, I couldn't put the book down.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kellytwo on July 4, 2005
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When I was thirteen, my Mama took me to our local library and introduced me to her favorite authors. These were the acknowledged masters of the "Golden Age of Mystery Novels"-Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, Ngaio Marsh, Rex Stout, Dorothy Sayers, Erle Stanley Gardner, Mary Roberts Rinehart, etc. They kept me busy-and reading-for a good many years. In fact, I still go back to them, with great anticipation, and am seldom ever disappointed. Even the occasional anachronisms are fun!

How then, could I pass up "I dreamed I married Perry Mason"? I couldn't, it's that simple. I rather like the trend of using real (older) characters in new books, as long as it's done in a sensible fashion. Here, the author really does a great job of telling us more about the man, Erle Stanley, and his various series of books. I loved the Donald Lam/Bertha Cool books as much as those about Perry Mason and Della Street. I knew nothing about the earlier books, which makes me want to go find them.

CeCe Caruso is a delightful, mature lady-not an oldster, by any means, but not a young chick, either. Thank goodness! She's bright, and insecure, and persistent-admirable qualities, all. Her love of vintage clothing is an added fillip. One wonders which of today's fashionistas will be so celebrated in 40 years as the great names of the previous century.

CeCe has a career, too, as a biographer whose books are actually published. Good for her! When she gets stuck mid-way through her 6th book-about Erle Stanley-she stumbles over an intriguing letter to the Court of Last Resort, an offshoot of Gardner's early career as an attorney. The clues to the mystery involved are scattered throughout, but not blatantly displayed, leaving the reader to wonder a bit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K.E. Fuhrmann on October 26, 2006
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A friend gave me this book because I'm a fan of the Perry Mason books and because I live in Ventura (where the book takes place, and where Erle Stanley Gardner, the author of the Perry Mason books, practiced law himself).

For some reason I found it annoying at first and put it down. Then one night, desperate for something to read, I picked it up again and thoroughly enjoyed it. Her breezy writing style is entertaining and it's good for the kind of light, pleasant, undisturbing story that is nice to read before bed. The dialogue was witty and the main character spunky and fun to hang out with. The plot got a little thick, but she was canny enough to provide recaps along the way so that one didn't get lost. The character is interested in vintage clothing and I found that an interesting side plot.

Her depiction of Ventura was accurate and insightful.

I would read another book starring this character.
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