|Title:||The Kennel Murder Case (Philo Vance #6)|
|Author:||Wright, Willard Huntington Writing under the pseudonym: Van Dine, S. S.|
|Publisher:||Charles Scribner's Sons|
|Tags:||fiction, mystery, New York City, Philo Vance (Fictitious character), Film Adaptation|
|Description:||The Kennel Murder Case is a bit of a misnomer. A dog is involved, actually 2, but they are the loose ends that need to be tied up. The case could be called- Death of Chinese Pottery Collector that pissed off his entire family and all he came in contact.
This is a locked room mystery, or in this case, bolted from the inside. The victim appears to have died from suicide. But once the door is broken down and the body is examined - Murder is revealed.
Without giving away any spoilers, the reason this is fine example of the Philo Vance stories is the crazy twists, turns, and characters that fill the mystery. Just when you think it couldn't get stranger, it does. And then you wonder - how the heck is this going to be solved. This is certainly a good one, and funnily Markham's quip near the end, enlightens Vance how the whole thing played out.
In this story, besides hearing more about Chinese Pottery history, you get to hear about Dog history and showing off the breeds. [Suggest a different description.]
|Comments:||aka Van Dine, S. S.; Philo Vance story #6|
Author Bio for Wright, Willard Huntington
S. S. Van Dine is the pseudonym used by American art critic Willard Huntington Wright (October 15, 1888 – April 11, 1939) when he wrote detective novels. Wright was an important figure in avant-garde cultural circles in pre-WWI New York, and under the pseudonym (which he originally used to conceal his identity) he created the once immensely popular fictional detective Philo Vance, a sleuth and aesthete who first appeared in books in the 1920s, then in movies and on the radio.
Wright never wanted to publish under his own name. He took his pseudonym from the abbreviation of "steamship" and from Van Dine, which he claimed was an old family name. According to Loughery, however, "there are no Van Dines evident in the family tree". He went on to write twelve mysteries in total, though their author's identity was unmasked by 1928. The first few books about the distinctive Philo Vance (who shared with his creator a love of art and a disdain for the common touch) were so popular that Wright became wealthy for the first time in his life. His readership was diverse and worldwide. David Shavit's study of WWII POW reading habits revealed that Vance was one of the favorite detectives among officer POWs.
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