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  1. The eleventh Donald Lam and Bertha Cool novel begins with a client who wants the detective agency to undertake a task that he will not stoop to do himself. The client, Harry Sharples, is one of two trustees who administer a trust with two beneficiaries. One of the beneficiaries, Sharples says, is an intelligent, responsible young woman who can be trusted with the money the trustees dole out to her. The other is a young man who is anything but responsible and who will gamble or otherwise fritter [...]

  2. Yet another complex whodunit starring Donald Lamb, the pint-sized detective with the “big” brain and his outsized, money-loving business partner Bertha Cool. Beginning with an innocuous inquiry into a hocked pendent, the pace picks up fairly fast with an unexpected murder, the mysterious appearance of dazzling precious gems, and of all the unusual characters, a pet crow with a penchant for glittering objects. In almost “Bond” style, the scene shifts to Colombia with its twisting mountain [...]

  3. Better than Try Anything Once, but still not really in the top drawer of the A. A. Fair books. Note to self: This is the one about the Colombian emeralds.

  4. My second Gardner book, it's better than the first one I read. The story has several twists and turns, and is paced well. I quite enjoyed it.

  5. The investigative team of Bertha Cool and Donald Lam is one of the more interesting ones in literature. Bertha is a large woman whose appetite for money exceeds all of her other cravings and Donald is a genius at solving crimes. Unlike other detectives, he relies on thought and anticipation rather than the power of firearms. While he is similar to Perry Mason in that he skirts the edges of the law, generating hostility from police officers, unlike the Mason stories, the hostility between the law [...]

  6. Erle Stanley Gardner wrote the Cool and Lam detective series under the pen name A A Fair. This thirty-book series was published between 1939 and 1970 ( not counting the Knife Slipped which was a recently published list novel). It features a mismatched odd couple of detective partners, greedy overweight dense Bertha Cool and the slightly built, clever deduction-making Donald Lam.This plot is a bit contemplated and involves such things as seductive heiresses, emerald mining in South America, thiev [...]

  7. This book was originally published in 1953 and is part of the Cool & Lam series written by Erle Stanley Gardner. I like Bertha Cool and Donald Lam and I like this series. OK, it's a bit dated by today's standards but I enjoyed this back in the 1970s and still enjoyed it this time around. The story is convoluted and all does not become clear until right at the end but Gardner is a witty writer whatever name he chooses to write under. Just go with the flow and admire how smart Donald Lam is!

  8. Wonderful PlotThe characters are brought along and developed brilliantly. The book is a pleasure to read even more than 50 years after it was written. Gardner as A A Fair created a dynamic pair with Cool and Lam.

  9. GoodNot in the league of other Lam and Cool but anyway good entertainer. It sometimes unnecessarily drags on. And we get a feel that Mr. Gardner was not sure how to end the book.

  10. A trip to Bogota and Medellin, Columbia?!? Gardner is dangerously close to jumping the shark with this one.

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