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The Casino Murder Case (Philo Vance #8)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  84 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
A vintage (1934) Philo Vance mystery.
Paperback, 283 pages
Published 1992 by Scribner Book Company (first published 1934)
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Kenchiin
Jul 07, 2015 Kenchiin rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic-mystery
Woaaah. A perfect mix of mystery and action! Really short, tho.
George
Jan 06, 2016 George added it
8th in the Philo Vance mystery series set during October 15 - 18, 1934. Vance, an independently wealthy college educated, amateur detective, uses his deductive skills and psychological knowledge to help his New York City District Attorney friend to unravel a murder and the attempted poisoning of others. The murderer has laid a convoluted plot which Vance is unable to unravel. As usual, the action is set in New York City. Vance’s methods are unconventional and go against the more rigid police ...more
Glen
Mar 07, 2015 Glen rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
A lot of people dislike Philo Vance because he is a foppish snob, but I can get past that and read these on their own merits.

I can't say this is one of the best of the series, but I enjoyed it.

When Vance is sent a letter claiming something terrible is going to happen to a family that has too much money and too little sense, he witnesses the man get poisoned.

Instead of a complicated locked room mystery, we get a time alibi novel. Not bad with some then current facts about the state of science on
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Mmyoung
Dec 03, 2010 Mmyoung rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Warning--although the murderer is not identified by name in this review it does spoil aspects of the book.

My short review of this book:
By this point in the Philo Vance series S. S. Van Dine’s writing and plotting has degenerated in something that resembles self-caricature. The “subtle” “diabolical” and “ingenious” murder plot is laughably and unnecessarily convoluted. Vance is allowed free rein at the crime scene and with suspects in a way that would make any defense lawyer ecstatic. Members of
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Bev
Aug 07, 2011 Bev rated it liked it
I can always count on Philo Vance to deliver the goods in his detectin' (his lack of "g," not mine). The saddest part about having found & read this very hard to find Golden Age story (one of the treasure trove from this week's book bonanza) is that I think I only have two more Philo Vance stories to read before I'll be all done. Another great series finished. I'll be in the same state as when I realized I'd read the very last Lord Peter Wimsey. "What do you mean there aren't any more???" ...more
Xkander
Vance al Casinò
Signori, il gioco è fatto è l'ottava indagine (The Casino Murder Case, 1934) del classicissimo Philo Vance alle prese con un misterioso avvelenatore.
Tradizionale ambientazione a New York, stavolta con la variante del Kinkaid Casino, dove si svolgono la scena iniziale e l'epilogo.
Van Dine è un fine e colto narratore e ci propone anche una dotta dissertazione sui veleni e sugli impieghi dell'acqua pesante, che all'epoca era la scoperta sensazionale, un po' come il grafene odierno. M
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Susan
Philo Vance receives an anonymous letter suggesting that he be at an illegal casino at a certain time. When he arrives, he sees the man he was charged with watching collapse. Fortunately, the poisoning was not fatal, but he soon learns that the victim's wife died at approximately the same time, also of poison. Yes, Vance is back exploring the life and hard times of a wealthy, eccentric family. The presence among the family friends of a young chemist and mathematician gives Vance an opportunity ...more
Lisa Kucharski
Aug 26, 2013 Lisa Kucharski rated it liked it
A fun read, but the introduction tends to give away a lot of ideas so you can figure out the murderer fairly easily. That being said, it is interesting since there are a number of twists that are very interesting and help create suspense.

Lynne
Feb 20, 2013 Lynne rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Philo Vance is a famous sleuth, but not really my cup of tea. Good for people who like psychological mysteries.
Donna
Sep 21, 2015 Donna rated it liked it
Another good Philo Vance mystery. Multiple poisonings. Set up of the motive for murder wasn't that strong. I was completely misled by red herrings.
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