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Preview — The Canary Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine
The Canary Murder Case (Philo Vance #2)
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If you are a fan of the murder mystery genre -- of which I am decidedly one; Agatha Christie all day, every day -- you may e...more
My Bluefire player came with a library of public domain mystery novels, and this was my first Philo Vance story by S.S. Van Dine. It's rife with outdated conventions, stereotypes and overwhelming classism as is to be expected from a book written in 1926, with long-winded non-expositions by a charmless Peter Wimsey. Worse, the murderer's identity was glaring in a Murder-She-Wrote fashion early in the investigation, and the reader's then doomed to plod through red herrings, multiple interviews of...more
Ingenuity, creativity, learning, psychology in a novel that marked a new era. It can be said that the boom of the mystery novel of the thirties was the result of the success of this novel when it was published (in the late twenties, it pulverized sales data above).
At the end of last April, I posted on my blog Mondadori an essay on this novel:
Alla fine dello scorso aprile, ho pubblicato on Blog Mondadori un mio saggio su questo romanzo:
The book is fun to read even set as it is in the early 1920s..