A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
6/14/192? S.S. Van Dine's first murder
June 14 192?The Benson Murder Case begins on this date,
with the death of the aforesaid Mr. Benson. It is the first novel
written by Willard Huntington Wright, under the name S.S. Van Dine.
Published in 1926, the book made Philo Vance one of the most popular
series detectives of the era. The novel was inspired by the real-life
death of Joseph Elwell in 1920. It was made into a movie starring
William Powell in 1930.