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I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason: A Cece Caruso Mystery    by Susan Kandel Amazon.com order for
I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason
by Susan Kandel
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William Morrow, 2004 (2004)
Hardcover
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Cece Caruso makes her living writing about dead mystery authors. In I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason, she is writing a biography of you guessed it Perry Mason. Cece is fun. She's her own woman; it's the world that's a little skewed. Cece loves vintage clothing. She not only collects it, but also wears it. I enjoyed reading about designers who were in when I was young, though it was off putting to realize that I too am vintage.

Deep into research on Gardner (he was one of my old favorites, and I think was also my introduction to the mystery genre) she stumbles across the case of a man serving a life term for a murder he claims he didn't commit. Gaining an interview with the man in prison, she becomes convinced he didn't murder his wife. But then who did? This is fun and new, and I hope it is a series premiere. Though the actual mystery moves slowly, Cece's actions and her love of vintage clothing keep the reader turning pages. The writing is tight with few extraneous asides. Cece's relationship with her daughter is real and understandable on both sides.

The tiny look the reader gets into the world of vintage clothing is an eye opener. Knew it was big but this is serious stuff. Though the title could use a little work, I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason was a fun read.

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