The Case of the Mischievous Doll (1963)

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ISBN: 184232084X
ISBN-13: 9781842320846
Published: 1963
Pages: 194
Publisher: House of Stratus
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The case of the Mischievous Doll by Erle Stanley Gardner: A Perry Mason Mystery. From the back and front cover: "I'm going to represent you," Perry Mason said, "but I want to point out that some of the things you've been doing are not going to be conducive to securing acquittal." "What of it?" she answered. "It's my body and I like it and it's beautiful." "You don't need to argue with me," Mason replied. "I'm simply telling you that many a person has violated the moral code and then been unfortunate enough to be charged with murder." "You want to present me to the public as a big hearted young woman who acts on impulse, and is sometimes misunderstood, but at heart is rather demure?" "Yes." "To hell with it," she said. "I'm not going to change my personality just to beat a murder rap." Perry Mason sighed as he picked up his brief case. "I was afraid you'd have that attitude." "I've got it," she told him. "And now you know."... "You are not qualifying as an expert mathematician, Lt. Tragg." "Well, I'm an expert in the field of criminal investigation and I can make the ordinary mathematical calculations." "Exactly," Perry Mason said, " and you can twist them so they suit your purpose. You could say, for instance, that there are only two sexes; therefore the fact that the decedent was a female gives us a one out of two chance; that only about one-tenth of adult females are within this age bracket, therefore you have a factor of twenty to one; that only one in twenty have that coloration of hair, so you multiply and get a factor of four hundred to one; and-" "That's not fair," Lt. Tragg interrupted. "It's your line of reasoning. Can you state beyond a reasonable doubt that the body was that of Dorrie Ambler?" "No." "That's all, Lieutenant," Mason said politely. Which scored a point for Perry Mason in "The Case of the Mischievous Doll" (originally published by William Morrow and Company) but left a lot of points unsolved in this most complicated murder mystery. -- From Amazon.com Product Description
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