The Case of the Queenly Contestant Author:Erle Stanley Gardner Perry Mason was fired! — "I'm not going to do anything of which my conscience wouldn't approve," Perry Mason told Ellen Adair. — "I don't think I want you on that basis," she said. — "You don't have to have me." — "But you've been to a lot of expense . . ." — "That," Mason said, "will be my contribution to the cause." — Ellen hesitated a moment, then ... more »said: "Here are two one-hundred-dollar bills. You may consider that the case has been withdrawn from you. The more I see of you, the more I think you will be too damned conscientious."
She stood up, head held high, queenly as ever. "Good night," she said, and swept out.« less
This is another interesting case to be solved by Perry Mason. In this one, a beautiful woman with a queenly and stately air consults him to help keep her whereabouts hidden. The woman refuses to give Perry much information but Perry helps her. In the meantime, he discovers that she was once in love with a man whose father owned the largest company in her city. She became pregnant and the son is sent abroad in hopes that the romance with be thwarted. It is and she disappears, taking another name and never returning to her hometown or keeping in touch with her parents. Of course, there is a murder of which the young woman is subsequently accused of committing. It's up to Perry to discover the truth. Did she commit the murder? Did her son commit the murder? If neither did, who is responsible?