Sunday, May 15, 2022

Robert Ellis: May 15th Book Contest Winners!


May 15th Book Contest Winners!


Congratulations to Jessie Y. from Oxnard, CA, and Wes C. from New York, NY, for winning this week’s FREE BOOK CONTEST! Signed copies of CITY OF STONES, Book 4 in the Detective Matt Jones Thriller series, are on their way!

This contest has been running on the 1st & 15th of each month since August 2018, and I love it! For more info, go to my website or send an email to Be sure to write BOOK CONTEST in the subject line!

Thanks to everyone for your gracious support of my work!

Link to City of Stones on Amazon



Saturday, May 14, 2022

Robert Ellis: On Perry Mason, the TV Show



I have always been a fan of Dick Wolf’s amazing television series Law and Order and Law and Order: Criminal Intent. And I’m well aware that many people who know what they’re talking about would say that the best writing here and now has nothing do with books or movies and is entirely wrapped up in today’s cable series. I might even agree with them, except to say that ...

Perry Mason and Della Street

The best television I’ve watched in years are reruns of the original Perry Mason series, produced by CBS television, and starring Raymond Burr as Perry Mason, Barbara Hale as Della Street, William Hopper as Mason’s PI, Paul Drake, Ray Collins, who’s absolutely wonderful, as Lt. Tragg, and William Talman, equally as wonderful, as the DA, Hamilton Burger. The series was broadcast between 1957 and 1966 and has lost nothing over all this time. As a matter of fact, I think it’s aged like a bottle of wine, and plays better today than ever. In terms of pure storytelling, I can’t remember ever sitting before a television and ending every episode by being blown away. The key word I keep hearing myself repeat is, “Wow? Do you believe they did that?"

Just as telling, in 2020, HBO released a highly anticipated remake of Perry Mason. I’ve heard good things about the cable series but have yet to watch it. What struck me most when I read about the HBO project was that the producer made a key story change. Perry Mason would no longer be a defense attorney in the courtroom. Instead, the character would be turned into a private investigator. When the producer was asked how he could do such a thing, his response was awesome. He said, Perry Mason, the television show, was so influential to the history of the genre and so perfectly made, I didn’t want to mess things up!

Perry Mason can be seen for free on IMDb TV, which is now FreeVee, a free streaming service from Amazon. It can also be watched for free on Pluto.TV.

Link to the FreeVee Stream

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The photo below is Perry Mason with Lt. Tragg in Episode 29: The Case of the Hesitant Hostess.





Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Robert Ellis: The Lost Witness is FREE


The Lost Witness is FREE

Good News for Lena Gamble Fans! The Kindle edition of The Lost Witness, Book 2 in the Lena Gamble thriller series, is FREE, but only until midnight on Wednesday! In a Starred Review Publishers Weekly called The Lost Witness,Scorching. Deliciously twisted.” And from Booklist another Starred Review, “A killer crime tale with riveting characters and relentless twists.” Or, as a reader on Goodreads put it, “Wow! My new favorite crime book!” Enjoy the read! FREE until Wednesday!

Link to a FREE copy of The Lost Witness