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The Gracie Allen Murder Case

S.S. Van Dine

The Gracie Allen Murder Case

Philo Vance #11

$ 9.99
Gracie Allen breaks the Philo Phormula in a number of ways. First is the title: It’s the only book in the series to modify “Murder Case” with more than one word, much less with the name of a character. And then there’s that character: Gracie Allen was a very real, much-loved comedienne in the 1930s, famous for her double act with George Burns, and in fact the plot revolves around her (though in the book she works at the In-O-Scent perfume company, rather than on the radio). Gracie’s centrality is no accident: Van Dine wrote the story as a vehicle for Allen, and actually created the novel only after the film had come out.

So do all these departures pay off? We’d be lying if we said that Gracie is the strongest title in the series. However, Van Dine does a surprisingly good job of translating Ms. Allen’s delicious Ditzy Blonde persona to the page, and she makes a charming foil for Philo’s ever-present erudition.

Who's likely to like this: Fans of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction

2021 • Fiction/Mystery • 256 pages • ISBN: 9781631942068

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