FFB: The Case of the Vagabond Virgin

this is the 113th in my series of seldom read or forgotten books

The Case of the Vagabond Virgin by Erle Stanley Gardner © 1948, this edition 1953, Pocket Book 1953 mass market paperback, mystery – Perry Mason # 32

vagabond virginI took a break from reading general fiction and short stories to indulge in this one. Always quick reads, these have just enough twists to keep me alert. Even when I guess what’s coming, it’s fun to see how it plays out.

Addison, partner in a large department store, is returning from a business trip. He gives a ride to an innocent young girl, and when he finds out she has come a very long way and has no money he helps her out by giving her some cash and arranges for a hotel room for her. Later that day she is picked up by the police and charged with vagrancy. The tycoon wants Perry to get her out of jail, which he does.

A day or two later, a man goes to Addison’s office and says a gossip columnist will print a comment suggesting Addison has set the girl up in a love nest situation unless he pays to suppress the story. Consulting Mason, they decide to trick the blackmailer. Then Addison’s business partner is found murdered…

As usual, there are several possible suspects for the crime, and it’s up to Mason, with the able help of Paul Drake and Della Street, to uncover the killer. Good courtroom scenes in this one. Another enjoyable outing with Mason and team.

This was broadcast on the Perry Mason television series as Season 1, Episode 9 – “The Case of the Vagabond Vixen” on November 16, 1957.

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5 Responses to FFB: The Case of the Vagabond Virgin

  1. Richard, like you, I often take a break from reading general fiction and short stories to read books like Perry Mason and that also includes Mack Bolan, Phoenix Force, and The Terminator series among others. I have also rediscovered the novels of Alistair MacLean.

  2. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve never read a Perry Mason novel but am a fan of the television show. Watched it in syndication growing up and will still occasionally catch an episode on free television and will get caught up in it, formula and all.

    Love the alliteration in the title. “Vagabond Virgin”…it practically sings.

    It is fun to take a break now and then and read things like this that you know will push all the right entertainment buttons. Certain kinds of science fiction do that for me.

  3. cgramlich says:

    Growing up in the country like I did, with no access to bookstores, just the library, there seem to have been huge gaps in my youthful reading. I never even remember seeing an Earl Stanley Gardner book

  4. I think ESG’s best works were published in the 1940s and 1950s. There’s a big fall-off in his later books.

  5. Jeff Meyerson says:

    I’ve read most of the Masons from the ’30s and ’40s but apparently not this one.

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