- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Scribner Paper Fiction (August 1, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684182483
- ISBN-13: 978-0684182483
- Package Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,880,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Kennel Murder Case: A Philo Vance Mystery Paperback – August 1, 1984
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Van Dine tells the story in the book by portraying himself as a character who is a close friend to Vance. Always being asked to help solve crimes by the New York police, Vance watches Van Dine solve complex and interesting murder cases.
Van Dine always throws in numerous suspects. In the Kennel Murder Case, Hilda Lake is angry that her uncle, Archer Coe, refuses to loan her any more money. Coe's brother, Brisbane (very Art Deco name) hates his brother for unknown reasons. Then there is Doris Delafield who throws him out of her apartment, and (instead of the butler), there is the Chinese cook who knows and resents that Archer is selling Chinese art treasures.
Then Archer Coe is found dead holding a gun in his locked bedroom by the butler. The police first report it as suicide, but then Philo Vance investigates and discovers it was a murder. But who did it, and how did do they in a locked room with no evidence of escape?
There are more red herrings thrown in, more dead bodies. But Philo Vance with his advanced wit and knowledge solves the case.
If you can get hold of these little gems, they are great reading.
Overall, the events of the story are not very well arranged, and although the events do come together at the end, it was not in a very satisfactory manner. Other than the ingenius door lock trick, the story was not really worth the time I spent in reading it.