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The Greene Murder Case (Philo Vance #3)

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Philo Vance takes a hand when, in an evening, one daughter of the Greene family is shot to death and another one is wounded. The family comprises two sons and three daughters (the youngest, Ada, is adopted) under the rule of their mother, a bedridden invalid who spends her days feeling sorry for herself and cursing her ungrateful children. The family is required to live in ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published August 1st 1980 by Scribner Book Company (first published 1928)
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Very disappointing. Van Dine's Philo Vance books were financially successful and influenced a number of other mystery writers not least of whom was Ellery Queen. The first two books in the Vance series were rather stiff and self-aware but that is not surprising. This book, the third, lacks any good excuse for its shortcomings.

The only reason the first murder was not committed within hours of its taking place was due to the fact the police did almost nothing. The simplest aspects
I'm not particularly fond of Philo Vance, but these puzzles are rather interesting. Here a most unlikable family becomes the victim of a string of murders. I guessed some of the answers, but not the whodunit.

Vance is Lord Peter Wimsey at his most obnoxious multiplied. While there are some fair- play clues, many others are held by the detective until the final reveal.

Another case where "justice" takes unusual steps.
Mike Gustin
This book seems quite derivative, drawing heavily on other mysteries. The narrator is very Watson-like & the main character, Philo Vance, is Oxford-educated and speaks like Lord Peter Wimsey. However, if you get past the rather tedious first 40 pages (and skip the lengthy German footnotes toward the end), it is a really good mystery.

Philo Vance stories were made into movies several times--most notably with William Powell in the starring role.
Maria S
really smart cool detective series looking forward to reading the rest !
L.  (I've Past 400)
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I've given it three stars because it was readable but Vance is subdued, there isn't a green carnation in sight (except by very close scrutiny of the subtext), the info dumps are notable, the identity of the murderer is obvious from the start, Mrs. Greene is beyond belief, and the promised frissons fail to materialise. How the author could have continued writing until the unsurprising denouement is beyond me.
Erika Bonaparte
This book reminded me of the old 1930-1940's black & white detective films that have given great pleasure on the years. I definitely plan to read the remaining books S.S. Van Dime wrote in this wonderful series Philo Vance ( think William Powell). Highly recommend!

Very old school. Had to keep a dictionary handy -lots off words and phrases no longer in use. A fairly unpleasant set of characters and I found it hard to be charmed by Philo Vance or his shadow, the author. A period piece.
Pietro De Palma
Without this, Tragedy of Y by Barnaby Ross (Ellery Queen) should be not. And several other novels, among which, for example, "The Death in the Dark" by Stacey Bishop (the musician George Antheil).
Philo Vance is a bit like an American version of Lord Peter Wimsey. Some people find him annoying. I think he's terrific. A fine example of a golden age murder mystery. Published in 1928
Paul Barron
Not too bad a bit of a deviation for me I particularly enjoyed the atmosphere and social commentary of 1927. Must have had an awful lot of ashtrays in those times.
Overlong and ludicrous, but of historical interest as it seems to have set the pattern for Allingham's Police at the Funeral and Christie's Ten Little Indians.
Dated but not a bad read. I do hope the New York police department was more efficient than it is portrayed in this mystery!
A great classic crime novel - great detail and use of flamboyant English makes this must read for any lover of mystery's.
Oct 02, 2007 Cindy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: vintage mystery fans
Shelves: mysteries
Just finished today - more suspenseful than some, but Philo Vance still talks too much.
Emozionante, ti tiene sospeso fino all'ultima pagina. Da leggere!
Shelli King
Very good. Had a neat little twist to it.
Michele bookloverforever
dated but interesting mystery.
Vikas Datta
Genuinely spooky...
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