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The Gracie Allen Murder Case II

Philo Vance is a noted detective in mystery fiction.  However, modern readers might find his affected speech irritating.  His tendency to use complex words, references to classical mythology, and dropping the ‘g’ off of words ending in ‘ing’ are a tad annoying, perhaps.  As I mentioned previously, having a dictionary handy is a good idea…. Read More ›

The Gracie Allen Murder Case

This is a most unusual mystery novel. In reading about the mystery genre and the craft of writing detective stories, I’ve come across mentions of S. S. Van Dine and his detective Philo Vance.  Van Dine, the pseudonym of critic and journalist Willard Huntington Wright (1888 – 1939), was an acquaintance of Burns and Allen,… Read More ›

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