The Gracie Allen Murder Case

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The zany plot follows nitwit Gracie Allen trying to help master sleuth Philo Vance solve a murder. Allen’s uncle fixes her up with Bill at a company picnic. When the two go out to a nightclub that night, Gracie inadvertently links Bill to the murder of a thug after finding the dead body and Bill’s cigarette case at the scene of the crime. While being questioned at the club, she meets Vance who’s investigating the homicide. After Gracie’s bungled attempts to solve the case, Vance decides it might be easier to have her working with him. Despite Gracie’s “help,” the two eventually find the real killer.

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This early work by S. S. Van Dine was originally published in 1938 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introduction. ‘The Gracie Allen Murder Case’ is one of Van Dine’s novels of crime and mystery. S. S. Van Dine was born Willard Huntington Wright in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1888. He attended St. Vincent College, Pomona College and Harvard University, but failed to graduate, leaving to cultivate contacts he had made in the literary world. At the age of twenty-one, Wright began his professional writing career as literary editor of the Los Angeles Times. In 1926, Wright published his first S. S. Van Dine novel, The Benson Murder Case. Wright went on to write eleven more mysteries. The first few books about his upper-class amateur sleuth, Philo Vance, were so popular that Wright became wealthy for the first time in his life. His later books declined in popularity as the reading public’s tastes in mystery fiction changed, but during the late twenties and early thirties his work was very successful.

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