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The Case of the Crooked Candle

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ISBN-13: 978-0884114284
ISBN-10: 0884114287
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Aeonian Pr (December 1, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884114287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884114284
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,642,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A usual fast paced mystery that Perry Mason solves. I remember that one if the TV plots was adapted from this book. If you enjoy a fast paced mystery without a lot of unnecessary words thrown in you'll like this one.
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The Case of the Crooked Candle

A big truck came to a sudden stop and a car with Mr. Arthur Bickley and wife Sarah ran into it. This couple went to see Perry Mason. The company name can not be found. But their law firm called and offered a settlement. Perry gets his clients a much larger sum - the truck company wants a quick settlement. Perry remembers another client connected to this company (Chapter 1). Investigator Paul Drake learns some strange news about the Karakul Company. Perry wants more information. He tries to contact Fred Milfield, the owner. Perry meets his wife Daphne. Then Lieutenant Tragg shows up - Fred has been murdered (Chapter 3)! In Chapter 5 Carol Burbank drives the car to lose any tails. But she and Perry do not find her father at the motel. When they stop at a favorite restaurant they find Roger Burbank with Lt. Tragg (Chapter 6).

Perry gets Drake's report and goes to see Harry Van Nuys. He learns more about Daphne and Fred Milfield (Chapter 8). They find Douglas Burwell has left San Francisco and come to Los Angeles. They visit Douglas and get his story (Chapter 10). Then they go to visit the sheepherder living on Skinner Hills, and learn about Palermo's visit to Milfield's yacht, where the body was found (Chapter 11). When Della goes to meet Carol they meet a stranger who isn't a real friend (Chapter 13). Della shows she knows something about her rights (Chapter 14). It seems that Della's aid to Carol has landed her in hot water. Carol Burbank finally tells Perry the truth (Chapter 15). Then Lt. Tragg shows up to arrest her for Fred's murder.

The Preliminary Hearing starts in Chapter 16. This brings out all the testimony of the witnesses. A photograph shows a candle with wax on each side of the candle - it was perpendicular when burning.
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Format: Paperback
The Case of the Crooked Candle

A big truck came to a sudden stop and a car with Mr. Arthur Bickley and wife Sarah ran into it. This couple went to see Perry Mason. The company name can not be found. But their law firm called and offered a settlement. Perry gets his clients a much larger sum - the truck company wants a quick settlement. Perry remembers another client connected to this company (Chapter 1). Investigator Paul Drake learns some strange news about the Karakul Company. Perry wants more information. He tries to contact Fred Milfield, the owner. Perry meets his wife Daphne. Then Lieutenant Tragg shows up - Fred has been murdered (Chapter 3)! In Chapter 5 Carol Burbank drives the car to lose any tails. But she and Perry do not find her father at the motel. When they stop at a favorite restaurant they find Roger Burbank with Lt. Tragg (Chapter 6).

Perry gets Drake's report and goes to see Harry Van Nuys. He learns more about Daphne and Fred Milfield (Chapter 8). They find Douglas Burwell has left San Francisco and come to Los Angeles. They visit Douglas and get his story (Chapter 10). Then they go to visit the sheepherder living on Skinner Hills, and learn about Palermo's visit to Milfield's yacht, where the body was found (Chapter 11). When Della goes to meet Carol they meet a stranger who isn't a real friend (Chapter 13). Della shows she knows something about her rights (Chapter 14). It seems that Della's aid to Carol has landed her in hot water. Carol Burbank finally tells Perry the truth (Chapter 15). Then Lt. Tragg shows up to arrest her for Fred's murder.

The Preliminary Hearing starts in Chapter 16. This brings out all the testimony of the witnesses. A photograph shows a candle with wax on each side of the candle - it was perpendicular when burning.
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A routine car accident claim leads Perry to suspect some unethical real estate dealing. When he starts to look into it, one of the businessmen involved is found murdered on a yacht. Soon he finds himself in the position of having to defend a client against a murder charge.

This is a fairly good Perry Mason mystery. There are a lot of facts concerning time and tides and shifting bodies that the reader must assimilate. That can make for some heavy reading. In fact at one time, Perry shows a chart and a sketch that he had made up which I assume was done by the author to help the reader out. This time it is Della who gets in hot water while trying to help the client and is hauled off to the police station. It is things like that, those subplots thrown in, that make the Perry Mason novels such interesting reading. Then, of course, there is the courtroom scene where Hamilton Burger seems to hold all the cards but Perry still manages to come up with the correct solution to the murder at the last moment.
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I've been reading Gardner's Perry Mason books off and on for many years. Many years ago, I was an intense fan of the series, and read them all, at least once. Now, after a lot of water over the dam, I'm looking at them again.

Those who are used to really fine mystery writers (with the emphasis on "writer"), such as Ross Macdonald, may find the writing style here off-putting. It can be stiff and mechanical. Nonetheless, I still love the general setting: the characters of Perry, Della, Paul, Lt. Tragg, and Hamilton Burger. That, and the ingenious plots, are why I read Perry Mason.

On the whole, the ones written by 1950 are the best. This one was written in 1944, during Gardner's War Period, when several of the very best ones were written. They tend to have a different flavor than the ones before 1940 or after 1947. They are more mellow than the stories written before 1940, with less of a film-noir feel. There are occasional references to war related events, such as soldiers home on leave or rationing. There is mention here of food rationing, but it does not play a big role in the plot.

This book has one of the most complex plots of any Mason story -- and that is saying something. In the hilly outskirts of Los Angeles, a car is hit by a truck carrying Karakul sheep. (I had never heard of this breed; it's interesting to look it up.) The truck driver refuses to let the car driver write down the truck's license number, even stealing a note pad. When that car driver comes to Perry Mason, Mason begins a unique case. He soon realizes that the sheep business is just a front for something else: someone, actually two partners, is buying up a lot of land supposedly for raising sheep but really for oil.
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