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The Winter Murder Case (Philo Vance #12)

3.22  ·  Rating Details ·  102 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
It was characteristic of Willard Huntington Wright, known to the great public as S. S. Van Dine, that when he died suddenly on April 11, 1939, he left The Winter Murder Case in the form in which it is published, complete to the last comma. Everything he ever did was done that way, accurately, thoroughly, and with consideration for other people. It was so with the entire ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published December 1st 1993 by Otto Penzler Books (first published 1939)
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Aug 10, 2015 Kenchiin rated it liked it
Shelves: classic-mystery
The end of a journey, that moment when you have read the whole saga and can't turn back.
Goodbye Vance <3
May 29, 2016 Raquel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mais um policial relativamente inócuo.
Carrington Rexton is a bit nervous. His son Richard has just returned from medical studies in Europe and there's a house party going on to hail the conquering to speak. So, what's making Papa Rexton nervous? Well...he doesn't quite get these young folks and there's a fellow that Richard has brought back with him who seems a bit suspicious. And...oh yeah...Rexton has a bunch of sparkly emeralds and a rare necklace that aren't exactly as secure as they ought to be.

Rexton arranges (throu
Lisa Kucharski
Aug 28, 2013 Lisa Kucharski rated it it was ok
This is the last book by SS Van Dine, and it wasn't exactly finished before he died. The preface in this book tells you that his process was to write a 10K word outline, then fill out dialogue, then a third draft to fill out the description. The book you see here is on the second stage. You have most of the info you need to get the flow of the story, but it would have been helped a great deal with the descriptive skin that holds the mysteries together.

That said, it is interesting to see his pro
Feb 02, 2013 Sharron rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I suspected this title would be dated as I last read one nearly 40 years ago and it was a bit outmoded then. Well, the intervening decades didn't improve matters. At times the dialogue recalls the witty repartee of the Nick and Nora movies starring William Powell and Myrna Loy set back in the 1930s. Not surprising actually, given the fact that this book was published in that same period. Regrettably, unlike a good wine, this series has not held up well over the years. It did, however, include ...more
Feb 19, 2016 George rated it it was amazing
12th in the Philo Vance mystery series set during January 14 - 20 sometime in the 1930’s. Vance, an independently wealthy college educated, amateur detective, uses his deductive skills and psychological knowledge to help his New York City District Attorney friend deal with the mystery. A weathly individual asks Vance to come to his Birkshires estate because he fears a welcoming home get together for his adult son might be a cover to steal his expense emerald collection. Vance’s methods are ...more
André Gomes
Começar uma saga pelo fim terá sido pouco ortodoxo. Mas foi totalmente por acaso.
Van Dine é um dos mestres da Idade de Ouro dos Policiais. Contudo, apesar da estrutura polida e delineada, não posso deixar de notar a quase total ausência de desenvolvimento das personagens.
Mas a vontade ficou... irei ler mais casos de Philo Vance.
Come Musica
Aug 09, 2015 Come Musica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un caso di duplice omicidio e di furto.
Interessante il modo in cui si svolgono le indagini.
Vance raccoglie gli indizi e il colpevole si scopre nell'ultimo capitolo, intuendolo un paio di capitoli prima.
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May 19, 2013 Vikas Datta rated it really liked it
And sadly this was the last Philo Vance left to read.... All good things do come to an end, though I did miss the chance to say formal goodbye to Mr Markham, who appears fleetingly, and the good Sergeant Heath and the other merry characters who do not appear at all....
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