Greene Murder Case Decent Potboiler

The Green Murder Case presents Philo Vance one of his most perplexing mysteries. Two women are shot, one fatally, in a New York mansion where four adult children and one adopted daughter live with their invalid mother, according to the terms of the father’s will.

The police think it was a robbery gone wrong. A brother of the murdered woman doesn’t believe that theory. Neither does Philo Vance, wealthy New York aristocrat and amateur sleuth.

Before long the brother is murdered, then a second brother.

By then, Vance and his friend the DA know the murders are being committed by someone in the household — and everyone seems to have a motive.

Could the “paralyzed” mother be the culprit? Or perhaps the doctor, who is treated almost as a member of the family? The butler? The cook?

S.S. Van Dine sprinkles clues and red herrings throughout the novel so readers can make some headway toward solving the mystery.

Despite its age, the novel doesn’t appear terribly dated. Van Dine translates any essential foreign quotations for the benefit of those whose Latin and German is rusty.

Vance is less obnoxious than usual in this case, making the novel a pleasant read.

The Greene Murder Case
By S.S. Van Dine
Grosset & Dunlap, 1928
388 pages
1928 bestseller #4
My Grade: C+
© 2008 Linda Gorton Aragoni

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I make big ideas simple for learners. In eight sentences, 34 words, I taught teens and adults to write competently. Now I'm writing guides to turn willing volunteers into great nursing home visitors.

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