I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason by Susan Kandel A Cece Caruso Mystery (Book 1) (William Morrow, 2004), 288 pages
All Cece Caruso wants to do is figure out how to wrap up her biography of Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of Perry Mason. To do so, however, she must work through a few distractions, both personal and related to the book.
I picked up this book after being bombarded with tremendous reviews about the most recent book in the series, Dial H for Hitchcock.
And isn’t the title awesome?!?
Cece is a vintage-fashion clothes horse; as such, much of her internal dialogue and off-topic activity revolves around dressing herself in clothes with the right labels and feel. This may be my least favorite part of the book.
Still, I’m really looking forward to reading more Cece Caruso stories. Caruso is a broken, wounded character — and a writer. These are all good things. In other respects, she’s basically the typical amateur sleuth, making stupid mistakes, not putting 2 and 2 together. But she’s definitely endearing. The story is good, too, centering around a classic writer and that writer’s long-standing character. I do wish I’d read more Perry Mason books before reading this one, but I don’t think my understanding of Kandel’s book is hampered by my ignorance — perhaps only the depth of my appreciation.
Side note: I love the cover for the hardcover (above) so much better than the one on the paperback! What do you think?
Other books starring Cece Caruso
Not a Girl Detective
Shamus in the Green Room
Dial H for Hitchcock
About the author
Susan Kandel was an art critic for the Los Angeles Times for 5 years. She and her family live in West Hollywood, California.
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I received this book as a gift.