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February 13, 2009

Labor of Love

Filed under: Uncategorized — ashedit @ 10:37 pm

black-eyed-blonde1Award-winning short fiction scribe and blogger, Patti Abbott, has invited me to guest-blog on her site about one of my favorite, old mystery novels. I chose The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde by Erle Stanley Gardner.

With 325 million books in global publication, Gardner is still considered one of the best-selling mystery writers that ever lived. His gum-shoe lawyer, Perry Mason, still stars on the small screen, decades after the first episode debuted. My review includes a short take on Gardner’s life and times, including highlights of his first scathing rejection letter from Black Mask, sent to him by mistake. Gardner took that lemon and made lemonade, propelling himself to best-seller status with his “whatever it takes” attitude.

Patti debuts the piece on her blog February 20, 2009. (See link to the right of this page.)


  1. Thanks, Elaine. Love that cover.

    Comment by Patti Abbott — February 13, 2009 @ 11:05 pm

  2. I’ve read quite a few Erle Stanley Gardner short stories and he’s a superior storyteller.

    Comment by David Cranmer — February 14, 2009 @ 5:41 am

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