The Benson Murder Case - A Philo Vance Story


Read by Kirsten Wever

(4.3 stars; 12 reviews)

The Benson Murder Case – A Philo Vance Story is the first of a series of twelve popular mysteries set in New York during the Jazz Age. S. S. Van Dine is the nom de plume of prominent art critic, and member of New York’s avant-garde, W. H. Wright. He rapidly became one of the country’s best-selling authors and the series remained immensely popular for decades, as Philo Vance was featured in dozens of movies, plays and radio shows.
Van Dine’s novels marked a sharp departure from earlier detective fiction. To begin with, the hero represents the antithesis of the familiar hard-boiled detective. He is an eccentric and volatile loner; a highly erudite aesthete; a debonair bon vivant; a fop. Indeed, Van Dine even flirts with his hero’s sexuality where, for instance, a friend tells Vance: “I trust you won’t wear your green carnation,” – then the symbol of homosexuality. Moreover, Philo Vance approaches crime from a totally new standpoint, more or less ignoring the sorts of evidence and inference generally used to solve mysteries. His perspective is primarily psychological. Thus, he tells his friend Van: “The truth can be learned only by an analysis of the psychological factors of a crime, and an application of them to the individual. The only real clues are psychological—not material.” (The author casts himself in the role of the narrator, “Van,” Vance’s old college friend, now his lawyer, advisor and general agent.)
Within minutes of viewing the scene of the crime, Vance throws out veiled hints and innuendos that he knows who murdered Alvin Benson. D. A. John Markham good-humoredly ignores these intimations and soon finds there is enough evidence to make an arrest, when Vance convinces him that his suspect could not possibly be guilty. After developing a strong evidential case against someone else, Vance proves that this second suspect, too, must be innocent. And so, it goes with several more suspects. In the end Vance identifies, and explains how his reasoning immediately pointed to, the actual murderer. (Summary by Kirsten Wever) (10 hr 38 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 - Philo Vance at Home 28:03 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 2 - At the Scene of the Crime 28:28 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 3 - A Lady's Hand-bag 24:15 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 4 - The Housekeeper's Story 24:17 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 5 – Gathering Information 22:36 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 6 – Vance Offers an Opinion 26:12 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 7 – Reports an Interview 31:59 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 8 – Vance Accepts a Challenge 28:52 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 9 – The Height of the Murderer 21:18 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 10 – Eliminating a Suspect 21:22 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 11 – A Motive and a Threat 26:10 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 12 – The Owner of a Colt-.45 18:19 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 13 – The Grey Cadillac 19:37 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 14 – Links in the Chain 17:03 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 15 – Pfyfe – Personal 25:40 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 16 – Admissions and Suppressions 28:30 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 17 – The Forged Check 23:38 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 18 – A Confession 21:31 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 19 – Vance Cross-Examines 28:21 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 20 – A Lady Explains 23:43 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 21 – Sartorial Revelations 26:20 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 22 – Vance Outlines a Theory 32:48 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 23 – Checking an Alibi 31:07 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 24 – The Arrest 30:30 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 25 – Vance Explains His Methods 27:24 Read by Kirsten Wever

Reviews


(5 stars)

second chapter was such bad sound quality, that I had to skip it. but over all a perfect Readers, making listening to this book a very relaxing and enjoyable experience! thank you!

good mystery


(5 stars)

well-defined characters and excellent reader