Fay Allison, the happy bride-to-be, is going to marry the man of her dreams, Dane Grover. In rather marked contrast, her somewhat more bohemian roommate, Anita Bonsal, is having a tawdry, clandestine affair with Carver Clement, a married man (who like so many other married man involved in affairs is conducting himself in considerably less than honourable fashion). When Allison's Aunt Louise arrives to attend the wedding, she is horrified to discover both girls drugged and near death. Louise, who is familiar with the exploits of lawyer Perry Mason through her friend Della Street, asks for his help in dealing with the affair.
While THE CASE OF THE CRIMSON KISS is certainly a prime example of the B-movie type tough guy police-lawyer-criminal dialogue that Erle Stanley Gardner and other novelists of the era used to such effect and the chauvinistic treatment that all of the male protagonists exhibited towards any females who made their way into the narrative, it isn't a particularly memorable mystery. Indeed, if this was the first Perry Mason mystery that I had read, I would be wondering what all of the fuss was about. And I would certainly be questioning how Perry Mason had earned such a prominent position in history both in print and on the small screen.
Well, unlike his near invincible protagonist Perry Mason, Erle Stanley Gardner can't win 'em all! Recommended only for historical value.
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