Erle Stanley Gardner’s 28th Perry Mason novel from 1946 features one of the more bizarre beginnings in the series. An ad in a paper offers money to attractive brunettes (age 23 to 25, height five-feet-four-and-one-half inches, weight 111 pounds, waist measurement 24 inches, bust measurement 32, wearing a dark suit and a fluffy collar). …but they must stand on an assigned corner of the city at a certain time. After Perry Mason and Della Street see six of these women waiting on street corners, Mason’s curiosity is aroused.
This begins a convoluted case of impersonation, treachery, lies, and murder. Perry Mason, with the help of Paul Drake, manages to unravel the tangled web of deceit.
“The Case of the Borrowed Brunette” showed up on the Perry Mason TV series (Season 2, Episode 13) in 1959. The episode follows the novel’s plot closely (except for the ending) and produces a startling “Reveal” at its conclusion. I enjoyed The Case of the Borrowed Brunette, both the novel and the TV episode. Are you a Perry Mason fan? GRADE: B+