restricted access An unsigned review of The Canary Murder Case, by S. S. Van Dine
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270 ] An unsigned review of The Canary Murder Case, by S. S. Van Dine London: Benn, 1927. Pp. 288. The Monthly Criterion: A Literary Review, 6 (Oct 1927) 377 Several months ago we praised very highly the same author’s first book, The Benson Murder Case. The Canary Murder Case is equally good.1 It is a book to be recommended to the small, fastidious public which really discriminates between good and bad detective stories. For the guidance of this small, fastidious public, we would say that Mr. Van Dine has not yet writtenanythingtoequalthebestworkofeitherMr.FreemanorMr.Crofts; but that he is easily level with Mr. Lynn Brock and Mr. J. J. Connington.2 Our only reservation in praise of this book is to say that its method too closely resembles that of the author’s first book; and that there is one small but vital point which can only be described as mechanical. But the poker game scene near the end of the book is really brilliant. Notes 1. This review is attributed to TSE by the editors. TSE reviewed Van Dine’s The Benson Murder Case (1926) in “Recent Detective Fiction” (1927), describing it as “the best of this group” of seventeen novels. 2. In “Homage to Wilkie Collins” (1927), TSE reviewed R. Austin Freeman’s The D’Arblay Mystery (1926) and listed without mention The Dangerfield Talisman (1926) of J. J. Connington, pseudonym of Alfred Walter Steward (1880-1947), chemist and author of seventeen detective novels (3.13). In “Recent Detective Fiction,” he described Freeman and his disciple Freeman Wills Crofts, acclaimed for The Cask (1920), as “our two most accomplished detective writers.” Lynn Brock, pseudonym of Allister McAllister (1877-1943), created the detective Colonel Lysander Gore in numerous novels beginning with The Deductions of Colonel Gore (1924). ...


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