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Classic Mystery Book Review: The Case Of The Buried Clock

Updated on June 21, 2015
The Case Of The Buried Clock
The Case Of The Buried Clock

Some Respect, Please!

Do you like American Literature of any particular era from the New Nation through to our new Race to Mars?

Since Fiction and futurist literature is much read in the US, but not completed accepted as Literature, although it should be so accepted and admired. Our past sci-fi writers are responsible for many inventions and advances, including communications satellites (ComSats), 3D printing, and some artificial organs.

Mysteries are also enjoyed by pockets of readers dedicated to the genre and such genre also deserves more respect. Some of the greatest mystery writers of America's 20th century have been former lawyers, judges, forensic experts, and similar..

Erle Stanley Gardner invented the original Innocence Project in the early 20th century, when it was known as The Court of Last Resort. Many wrongly convicted felons on Death Row were released via his efforts and those of his partners at Esquire Magazine. By the 1970s, college sociology and law school classes across America were adopting people to free from Death Row!

Who buried the clock and why?
Who buried the clock and why? | Source

The Case of the Buried Clock

This is one of Gardner's most entertaining and intriguing books of the hundreds he wrote. These stories have been recreated on film for the cinema as well as for television series.

Collector's Edition of The Case of the Buried Clock, DVD

Perry Mason Collector's Edition (Cases of The Buried Clock and Petulant Partner)
Perry Mason Collector's Edition (Cases of The Buried Clock and Petulant Partner)

This DVD contains two of the collectible Perry Mason mysteries made from the novels and stories of the attorney-turned-writer, Erle Stanley Gardner. Garner was also a box who always fought for his clients, especially lower income Chinese immigrants who were bullied by the white culture and law.


Story Synopsis: A Story Post World War II

The story contained in this novel nearly matches the quality Gardner's best mystery: The Case of the Crooked Candle. Gardner wrote to produce entertainment and income, but these two books stand as classics of and greatest mystery stories of the world.

In The Case of the Buried Clock, is a case of intrigue and murder handed to Perry Mason, Los Angeles Area attorney.

The subject of investigation is Harley Raymond, a returning World War II Purple Heart Veteran. Home is Kenvale, California.

Raymond is worn out from war and wants time to convalesce in the peaceful atmosphere of his old hometown. Invited to stay at the isolated cabin of family friends, he finds not a peaceful mountain hideaway, but his involvement in a murder mystery. Only Perry Mason and Private Detective Paul Drake can solve it.

Adele Blane is a wealthy and influential banker's daughter and her family owns the cabin.

It appears that Adele and Harley have been more than friendly over the years preceding WWII. On one notable day, Adele and Raymond drive up to the cabin to air it out after years of standing idle. She does some spring-cleaning, while Harley falls asleep under a tree outside. he does not rest for long.

Raymond awakens to hear a ticking clock several times. Not believing there can actually be a clock buried in the woods around him, Raymond moves to another location and falls fast asleep again.

Adele finally wakes her friend and he tells her about the strange ticking clock. He cannot get it out of his mind.

A Clock Uncovered

Raymond and Adele investigate, finding a clock buried in a shallow indentation at the location where Harley had first fallen asleep. The couple re-buries the clock, both seeming disturbed by it. They look up to see Jack Hardisty, Adele's brother-in-law, who works for her father at the bank.

Jack is not liked by the townspeople for many reasons. He is superficial and manipulative - an opportunist. Adele and Raymond hide in the bushes and see Jack remove a gardening spade from his car.

Hardisty catches a glimpse of Raymond and Adele and quickly discards the spade. Adele and Raymond make a mental note of the incident. Neither Adele nor Harley particularly enjoys Jack's company, so they leave him out on the grounds alone after a few brief words with him.

A Timely Solution

Jack Hardisty is discovered dead later, and police detectives look to one suspect in his murder - his wife, Mrs. Hardisty.

The wife was seen in the area of the cabin that day and had the motivation for murder. However, suspicious falls on Adele.

Adele's father feels he needs legal help of the first order and calls in the best help he can find - Perry Mason.

Mr. Blane is sure that his daughter is innocent and wants Perry to prove it. Mason hears of the mysterious buried clock and cannot resist the challenge of solving its mystery and its connection with Jack Hardisty.

Unfortunately, the clock was moved from its original burial site and nobody knows where it went.

Private secretary Della Street and Paul Drake join Perry Mason in the case. Using Harley Raymond as an inside man, they interview and investigate a cast of intriguing characters living in the mountains surrounding the Blane cabin. They find the missing clock, learn why it was buried and by whom in order to ultimately solve the case. For details, you will surely enjoy the book.

Erle Stanley Gardner wrote 80 Perry Mason mysteries and many other crime novels and stores. He also wrote nonfiction, especially about the American Southwest
Erle Stanley Gardner wrote 80 Perry Mason mysteries and many other crime novels and stores. He also wrote nonfiction, especially about the American Southwest | Source

Erle Stanley Gardner during his lifetime was hailed as the most prolific mystery writer of all time. Gardner wrote 80 Perry Mason Mysteries alone and composed novels in additional mystery series. He also wrote hundreds of short stories under several pen names for the pulp mystery magazines, including "Black Mask." Delightfully, other authors have written about Gardner, Hammett and a few others from the pulps as a team of investigators called "The Black Mask Boys" in a series of novels.

© 2015 Patty Inglish


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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Thank you, Paula! I share your love of mysteries, which began for me about the second grade with Nancy Drew, I think. Mystery and Science Fiction are great and sometimes I can even find the genres combined. :)

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Really enjoy "mysteries..."......especially murder mysteries with some courtroom action. Read as many as I can get my my hands on. LOVE John Grishom!

      This book definitely goes on my list. Earl Stanley Gardner is an author of unmatched brilliance.

      "Perry Mason" is a blast from the past. Still remember many of those episodes. I see they are still airing reruns!

      Thanks for the great review Patty.....description enough to peak our interest....and curiosity enough to tempt us to READ it!..UP++

      Good job!...Peace, Paula

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Thanks very much for your comment, Shyron! Years ago, I thought I'd seen all the Perry Mason stories on TV reruns, but I was wrong and have enjoyed these stories ever since. I hope you like this one!

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Patty, this book review was exciting and I thought you would tell us who committed the murder, instead you made it so interesting that I want to run out and buy the book.

      Thumb-up UABI and shared

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Hi MsDora - This one is a very good read. I like to see the episodes on late-nite TV, but this one is fantastic as a book. Crooked Candle is as well.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the review! Really interesting and I would sure like to read this one. Seen many Earl Stanley Gardner's plots on Perry Mason. I bet reading them is better.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      I like Dan Brown's "Deception Point" very much, about returning to the moon and beyond for mining, but incurring spies, politics, and intrigue. Should be a movie. Thanks for mentioning those excellent authors!

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      I loved the Nancy Drew books, Patty, as well as the mysteries by Garner, Christie and later Dan Brown. Now my favorites include whatever Harlan Coben writes as well as the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child.

      Thanks for reminding me with this interesting review.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      I hope you find this book at your library, BlossomSB! It really is one of my favorites. Thanks for commenting!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I haven't read this book, but I love mystery stories, so you've whetted my appetite; I must see if I can find it at our local library.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      @Efficient Admin - Thanks for reading this Hub! I've a friend who has now collected all the Nancy Drews from the beginning. I think someone is writing some new ones.

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      Efficient Admin 2 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      When I saw this title I immediately thought of the Nancy Drew series I read as a kid - those were some awesome books to read! Thanks for sharing this interesting hub.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Friends and Mystery Lovers! -- Thank you for such nice and edifying comments.

      I used to read Nancy Drew books at lunchtime after walking the 1/2 block home for lunch in grades 1-6. Those hours were some of the best in my childhood.

      Gardner's Donald Lam-Bertha Cool books about crime and private investigation are good to read as well. Bertha is always exclaiming "Fry me for an oyster!" Some of those books are hard to find and a few Perry Masons have escaped me as well.

      I'm still looking for good modern day mysteries, but MJ Trow, writing from the Isle of Wight is very good. He previously did a series starring Inspector Lestrade, also. One about the inspector involving himself in a circus is very fine.

      Whom do I really like? - Yesteryear's Albert Campion, created by Margery Allingham. On her death, her husband finished a few of her books and on his death, a member of the fan club finished writing those books.

      Rex Stout books entertain me. In a TV pilot, Wm Shatner played the male secretary/investigator - I'd like to see that!

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Earl Stanley Gardner was such a prolific author. I am in awe of authors who year after year can entertain many people all over the world. Agatha Christie and John D. MacDonald in the mystery genre and Louis L'Amour, in the western genre. Good to find you are also a mystery fan.

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      kbdressman 2 years ago from Harlem, New York

      I love good mystery books! I really enjoyed the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books as a preteen and Agatha Christie and Dan Brown as a teenager. I hate to admit I haven't read many good mysteries recently. I think it's time for that to change! I'll have to check this book out when I go to the library next. Thanks for the great hub!

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      @Kathleen Kerswig - Thanks for sharing and voting, Kathleen! I had the same experiences as a young girl! Glad to meet another mystery lover, especially Perry Mason. What fun!

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      Kathleen Kerswig 2 years ago

      I love mysteries. I have since I was a young girl. I would go to the library every week and I would take out books that always had a mystery theme, sometimes with a romantic side story. And, coincidentally, Perry Mason was one of my favorite lawyers. Thanks for sharing. Voted up! Blessings!