Reviews of Case of the Careless Kitten, the (1942)
Review by tollbaby (2005-05-14)
A somewhat predictible Perry Mason mystery, the only real difference is that this time, Della herself is the defendent! Those who are fans of the television series, however, do not expect a kindly, bearded old gentleman lawyer and his middle-aged secretary. This Perry and Della are young, energetic, and quite obviously attracted to each other (in a Remington Steele sort of way).
The action rarely stops in this puzzling tale of kitten poisonings and mysterious bodies, secretive witnesses and forged checks. Gardner jumps from attempted poisoning to body to attempted poisoning. Although anachronistic now, the anti-Japanese sentiment evident in the story is indicative of the time period in which it was written (early forties), and there is more than a little prejudice unnecessarily shown toward one of the supporting characters.
Still in the days of female dependence ane male dominance, some elements of the story tend to grate on the nerves, but the deductive power and leaps of logic that have made Perry Mason a legend both in print and on screen are abundantly present in this short, lively read. Definitely worth picking up, if you can find a copy.