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The Garden Murder Case

(Philo Vance #9)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  15 reviews
In the ninth novels in the series, "The Garden Murder Case," Philo Vance investigates a murder and other suspicious events connected with the rooftop garden of the Garden's New York penthouse, where a group friends gather to listen to the result of horse races.
Hardcover, 332 pages
Published June 1st 1938 by Scribner (first published 1935)
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Bev
The setting of The Garden Murder Case (1935), S. S. Van Dine's ninth mystery novel featuring that stylish, intellectual detective Philo Vance, is a rooftop penthouse. Vance receives a not-so-anonymous phone message that piques his interest in the nest socialite gathering of Floyd Garden and his friends to listen to the outcome of horse races in the comfort of his father's luxurious penthouse. Drinks are made to order and wagers are placed to the bookies by Floyd on his direct bookie line. ...more
Kenchiin
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: classic-mystery
A nice reading.
Manuel Alfonseca
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
ENGLISH: This novel is similar to The Benson Murder Case (if not in details, in its general layout), but has a scientific flaw that made me guess who was the murderer and made it lose a lot of interest. In fact the climax at the last-but-one chapter did not surprise me at all, I was expecting it. In parallel to the murder case, there is a romantic riddle that I also guessed just before it was disclosed.

ESPAÑOL: Esta novela es similar a The Benson Murder Case (si no en detalle, sí en diseño),
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Susan
A group of idle young people gather in the Gardens' lush penthouse apartment to bet on horse races. Alerted by an anonymous phone call, Philo Vance joins them, and is present to recognize that a presumed suicide is really a murder. Is it possible that this pearl of the intelligentsia may find a normal woman interesting as something more than a suspect?
Glen
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Philo Vance investigates a murder made to look like a suicide, with a background of horse racing.

These later books in the series tend to be more somber affairs than the earlier entries, and they don't seem to feature locked room puzzles, either. Still, I quite liked it. Philo Vance isn't for everybody, I guess, as I have heard of many people who absolutely hate the sleuth.
Rick Mills
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: s-s-van-dine
The book provides some interesting insights into the horse racing world, and the description of the gathering, placing bets and listening to results on the radio is an interesting insight into the world of the 1930's. The book follows the usual Van Dine formula of the wealthy family whose members do not trust each other. When the matriarch, Martha, announces to the family that she is some annoyed and is going to change her will the next day, you just know she won't make it though the night. ...more
Mildred Cantu
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Muy buena novela policíaca. Con misterio y todo lo que hace falta.
George
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
9th in the Philo Vance mystery series set during April 13 - 15, 1935. 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 the murder and suspicious events in a penthouse. An anonymous phone call warning sends Vance to the penthouse to deal with a possible deadly situation which is a murder and other suspicious events connected with the rooftop garden of the ...more
Ronald
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
read some time in 1993
Michele bookloverforever
interesting.
Mmyoung
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Mannered, affected, not particularly well plotted and over-written.
Vikas Datta
Quite interesting.. i don't know why they pan the later ones of the series
Laura Rye
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another good Philo Vance mystery...nothing "outstanding" in this one....but a good solid story.
Donna
Dec 19, 2015 rated it liked it
A locked room mystery. Philo Vance is a bit less obnoxious than usual. Boy do these people drink a lot.
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