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Nero Wolfe
We're curious if any other mystery buffs are addicted to Rex Stout. Is Wolfe truly an olympus of detection - compared with say, Poirot or Maigret?

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Dave Rotthoff - 09:04pm Jul 16, 2001 PST(#114 of 128)

I must confess I found the three Goldsborough books I could stomach reading to be poor immitations of the master, at best. The same is true with the current A&E series when compared with the 1980's series that lasted just a single year. Perhaps this is due to William Conrad's superb rendition of Wolfe. Didn't discover Wolfe and Archie until about 1957, when I was in high school. Today, my collection of Wolfe books is a prized possession I wouldn't part with. They are enjoyable to re-read; an evening spent with Wolfe and Archie is still an evening well spent.

Doug - 01:28pm Jul 29, 2001 PST(#115 of 128)

If any one is interested in the Nero Wolfe series from the 80's, starring William Conrad as Nero Wolfe, please checkout my website at:

And I also have Meet Nero Wolfe, the 30's movie starring Edward Arnold and the 1977 TV movie, Nero Wolfe, starring Thad Mayer.



Rhonda Struthers - 04:19pm Aug 10, 2001 PST(#116 of 128)

I was amazed that the Nero Wolfe series played so close to the original. Chaulkin is Him. Archie is Him. The yellow chair, the brownstone: excellent. In my humble opinion the orchid room would have been bigger to warrent a gardner. Anyone who reads novels , use their imaginations cannot imagine the intent the authors true manisfistation . I applaude the series, and lookforward to more episodes.

nart - 02:02pm Oct 21, 2001 PST(#117 of 128)

I have been reading and re-reading Nero Wolfe books since I was 9 years old. Needless to say I was thrilled when A&E began showing the series. Although they have made some "misses," the stories come through beautifully, which is what I was after. (In other words, I will take my Wolfe anyway I can get him!) :)

mrs.mystery - 02:37pm Nov 20, 2001 PST(#118 of 128)

I've read alot of the series' books,but like MC BEATON better.Being a woman I can relate to her.I also read KATY munger .I like overweight women charaters.If anyone knows of others to write me

Missy Sweesy - 08:53am Jul 15, 2002 PST(#119 of 128)
Life has a way of finding you, no matter how artistic a sneak you are.---Keeper proverb---Thief: The Dark Project.

Did everyone see the latest Nero?? Fergus??? LOL I don't have any of the books they've done except for The Golden Spiders, so I didn't know that was coming. Is Fergus in this book???

Claudia Reynolds - 09:02am Jul 18, 2002 PST(#120 of 128)

I have all but one book of Rex Stout's involving detectives. They are candidates for re-reads every so often and each time are enjoyable. The dialogue is good, the plots clever and the main characters fun. I love Wolfe's attitudes and Archie's flippancy. And as good as the A&E productions are, though a little over the top at times, the books are better. If anyone wants a little taste of earlier, but not too much earlier, times - try them out.

Mario Silva - 02:11am Jul 20, 2002 PST(#121 of 128)

I couldn't agree more with Claudia, Wolfe's books are a must and they resist quite well the reread proof, an excellent sign. The dialogue is among the best, incisive, lively and intelligent, its quality is not very distant from the great Dashiell Hammett. And Nero Wolfe is a character! His best books are before 1960 though.

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