Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Greene Murder Case (1928)

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Major characters:


  • Philo Vance, dilettante detective
  • John F. X. Markham, district attorney
  • Mrs. Tobias Greene, matriarch
  • Julia Greene, eldest daughter
  • Stella Greene, daughter
  • Ada Greene, youngest daughter
  • Chester Greene, eldest son
  • Rex Greene, younger son
  • Sproot, Greene family butler
  • Gertrude Mannheim, cook
  • Dr. Arthur Von Blon, family doctor

Locale: New York City

Synopsis:

It seems an intruder to the Greene home has shot and killed Julia Greene, and wounded her sister Ada Greene. Their brother, Chester Greene, asks District Attorney John F. X. Markham to investigate personally, as he feels the routine police inquiry is inadequate. Markham invites Philo Vance to come along. The intruder entered and left the home without leaving a trace other than footprints in the snow outside. The question is why the intruder - if bent on burglary - even bothered to go upstairs where the family was sleeping, when the valuables were downstairs?


As soon as the investigation begins, two more murders follow .. Chester Greene and Rex Greene. Now it seems someone is trying to wipe out the Greene family, one by one.

Review:

This is a good diminishing-pool-of-potential-victims novel as the Greenes are eliminated one by one, with no apparent motive. As Van Dine novels go, not overly complex and Philo Vance stays relatively focused without wandering off into abstract monologues on irrelevant matters too often.

Notable quotes:

"This affair is too complicated to be untangled by the unravelling of details."

"The person who sat in that library night after night and read strange books by candlelight is the key to everything."

Philo Vance: "The intruder must have left the room."
Sibella Greene: "I suppose he must have, if he's not there now."

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

How to search for blogs by topic!


Finally, and totally by accident, I have found how to search for blogs of a given topic, and how to collate new posts from them onto one page for easy reading.

It turns out that terms you add to your profile become LINKS, and you can click on them to search for bloggers using the same terms in the same boxes - whether it be interests, location, books, movies, industry, occupation. You are really searching for bloggers (not blogs about a given topic), but the result is essentially the same.

To search for a blog about a topic:

So just add your desired search term to your own profile as an INTEREST, then click on it. Or click on anyone else’s listed interest.

To collate new posts from followed blogs:
  1. Follow blogs of interest.
  2. If the blog you like does not have a FOLLOW button, copy the blog's URL to your clipboard
  3. Go to Dashboard (from some pages, the link says DESIGN)
  4. Go to Reading List (in left column)
  5. At BLOGS I FOLLOW click the pencil,
  6. Click ADD
  7. Paste in the URL
  8. On your DASHBOARD (also called DESIGN on some pages), click READING LIST.
  9. There they are!