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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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Jon Brigman - 09:57pm Oct 27, 1998 PST(#55 of 128)

I am a new fan of Nero Wolfe. I have been collecting the Rex Stout library eagerly but I'm having trouble finding some of the older books (and some newer ones too) Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!

Joanne - 05:39pm Nov 29, 1998 PST(#56 of 128)
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. " (Eleanor Roosevelt)

I have to be honest... The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Nero Wolfe and Archie (and I do think of them as a pair) is the setting. I can still *picture* the orchid room, the stoop (outside stairs), the office and the secret viewer. I also enjoy the banter between the two of them - I think Archie sort of keeps Wolfe from getting too big an ego (I can't see Hastings or Watson acting like that with the two biggest egos of any fictional detectives I can think of.) Suggestions on reading any of these? Not really. Just keep an open mind, go with the flow, and don't expect them to be like any other detectives you might have read.

Carol Diemer - 08:07pm Nov 29, 1998 PST(#57 of 128)
My three special angels.....

I have just recently reread BLACK ORCHIDS and A FAMILY AFFAIR. Even the second time around they were still good. I plan on digging out the rest of my collection and reread the escapades of Nero and Archie.

Heather Truckenmiller - 06:08am Dec 24, 1998 PST(#58 of 128)

Wow! A real discussion about Nero Wolfe! This was wonderful to read! Does anyone know of a Wolfe list (A group who discusses Nero Wolfe by e-mail)? Would anyone be interested in starting, or joining one?

Marsha Francis - 09:38pm Dec 26, 1998 PST(#59 of 128)

Heather - sounds like a great idea. I've never been involved in a list like that, but just send me a message, and let me know what to do...

Bunni Martin-Nichols - 02:59am Mar 7, 1999 PST(#60 of 128)

I have been reading Nero Wolfe mysteries for years and I can never get enough of him or his cohort Archie. I read each story over and over again.

Suzanne LeBarron - 03:48pm Mar 11, 1999 PST(#61 of 128)

I'm almost embarrassed to send this because my reference will be a mystery in itself; but for Wolfe fans there is something very funny buried in a book (here's the embarrassing part) whose author and title I can't remember. The book ...Magician... assumes that magic rather than science dominates society. It is a mystery set in a very different contemporary England. The different Wolfe and Archie make the entire book worth reading. Does anyone know what the book is? If not, I'll try to locate it again and give the author/title.

Mark J Tilford - 09:22pm Mar 11, 1999 PST(#62 of 128)
A Freak among freaks

Could that be _Took Many Magicians_ by Garret? (Or at least I think it's by Garret... I haven't read it myself, but I heard it had a good NW parody in it, in addition to the title.)


Suzanne LeBarron - 05:50pm Mar 12, 1999 PST(#63 of 128)

Yes, I found it in the library today classed as SF. Its TOO MANY MAGICIANS by Randall Garrett. While the alternative history rather makes it SF, only mystery readers,especially NW fans can really appreciate the characters.

Alan Krischer - 09:13am Mar 15, 1999 PST(#64 of 128)

It is a pleasure to have discovered this message board, as I have been a huge fan of Stout's work for many, many years. Addicted is probably the right word; I love immersing myself in the atmosphere of the old brownstown and stepping back into Wolfe's world.

The lead on this discussion groups asks if Wolfe is an olympus of detection like Maigret or Poirot: an appropriate turn of phrase, given the origins of Wolfe's name. I certainly believe so - I have enjoyed re-reading Stout more than any other author, and certainly enjoy his "artistry" more than the exercise of those little grey cells.

Suzanne LeBarron - 04:06pm Apr 20, 1999 PST(#65 of 128)

I've just read The Silent Speaker, a new one for me as I've been gradually buying the bantam books reprints because so many old titles are missing from libraries. While I often smile when reading Archie in this case, in a scene toward the end I laughed out loud until tears came. If you haven't read it or if its been a while, give yourself a treat.

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