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charge or a warrant except at Wolfe s instigation was an intolerable insult to his pride his vanity or a warrant except at Wolfe s instigation was an intolerable insult to his pride his vanity his sense of the fitness of things So as was to b Seeking for a way to cool off my brain from Social Physics I followed a suggestion from GoodReader Bill Kerwin and eturned to Rex Stout Stout paired Arthur Conan Doyle s lazy deductive powerhouse Mycroft Holmes with Raymond Chandler s hardboiled Philip Marlowe to create dynamic detective *DUO NERO
*wolfe and archie *AND ARCHIE *Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin s the near 300 pound gourmand who stays and thinks and cultivates orchids in his New York brownstone while sending Archie about to do all the legwork The mysteries are narrated by the wisecracking Goodwin who lives and Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds regularly exchanges teases with his brilliant boss Between the publication of Fer de Lance in 1934 and the author s death in 1975 Stout cranked out 48 of these books and stories many of the books being anthologies of two or three shorter works such as Black Orchids the first of the two books anthologized hereThanks to the tone and freuent florid fooded fetish flourishes all are fun toead With few exceptions the plots are literary Oreos irresistible in the moment but ultimately forgettable To keep myself from forgetting here s a uick synopsisBlack Orchids 3 stars anthologizes two shorter mystery stories The first of these introduces one of Wolfe s future aristologist friends while placing all of our heroes uncharacteristically outside the brownstone downtown at the Flower Show This provides the locus for an open air euivalent of the locked Is That Even a Country, Sir! room mystery a victim killed discreetly but in plain sight with no obvious access to the perps That said the mystery is about the who than the how and we learn a bit of horticultural lore Pretty entertaining but theeader is kept intentionally in the dark to allow for a big うそつきリリィ 3 [Usotsuki Lily 3] reveal The second story seeks to unravel the untimely demise of an event planner from tetanus This story is less satisfying than the first in that itelies on the unexplained behavior of multiple suspects to establish The Prince red herrings and drum up suspense view spoilerBasically it makes no sense for Janet to entertain Archie s impromptu visit after her boss has died or for Dr Brady to titrate manure The timing of Larry s turf digging is merely convenient to the plotting hide spoile. To a plot as dark as any orchid Wolfe has ever encounteredTHE SILENT SPEAKERWhen a government power broker scheduled to speak before an influential group of millionaires turns up dead Nero Wolfe grudgingly takes the case even as his own financial affairs teeter towarduin Soon a second victim is discovered a missing stenographer's tape causes a panic and a dead man speaks after a fashion As the business world demands answers the great detective baits a trap to net a killer worth his weight in gold.
Rex Stout ↠ 8 summaryThem etc Archie indulges him in this fully expecting Wolfe to try something to get themAnother exhibit at the show features a couple acting out a summer picnic the man is okay and the woman is so striking that Archie immediately starts calling her his fiance Judging by the crowd that assembles at the time each day where the man naps and she washes her feet Archie s not the only one smittenNow is the time where I mention that as this is a Wolfe story someone gets killed Hewitt is tangentially associated with killing enough to scare him into being open to some pressure from Wolfe egarding the hybridsThings Lifting remain lighter for a little while but then as I said they get dark and morally murky Even so aollicking good Mathruhridayam read that ends too soonThe second story has it s moments too Bess Huddleston a party planner for the obscenelyich is being blackmailed and comes to Wolfe for help Years before Huddleston had insulted Wolfe s dignity by trying to hire him to play detective at a party she ended up settling for Inspector Cramer nevertheless Wolfe takes the case and sends Archie to her home to investigateHuddleston s home and the inhabitants thereof are some of the strangest a eader will encounter anywhere as is the method of murder and attempted murder that Archie stumbles intoUnlike Black Orchids this one was just short enough to emain entertaining Oh I should mention that both Fritz and Wolfe end up taking guidance in the kitchen from a female suspect that alone makes this worth the timeLines that struck me as insightfulfunnyrevealingwhatever from Black Orchids I do not deny that flowers are pretty but a million flowers are not a million times prettier than one flower Oysters are good to eat but who wants to eat a carload Archie speaking to Wolfe Will you kindly tell me I euested why the females you see at a flower show are the kind of females who go to a flower show Ninety per cent of them Especially their legs Does it have to be like that Is it because never having #Any Flowers Sent To #flowers sent to they have to go there in order to see any Rose Lasher speaking of Archie That ten cent Clark Gable there that thinks he s so slick he can slide uphill And Archie s eaction her cheap crack about me being a ten cent Clark Gable which was idiculous He simpers to begin with and to end with no once can say I *resemble a movie actor and fi they did it would be apt to be Gary Cooper than Clark *a movie actor and fi they did it would be apt to be Gary Cooper than Clark from Cordially Invited to Meet Death Wolfe At no connoisseur of the whodunit could possibly esistBLACK ORCHIDS Not much can get Wolfe to leave his comfortable brownstone but the showing of a are black orchid lures him to a flower show Unfortunately the much anticipated event is soon overshadowed by a murder as daring as it is sudden It's a case of weeding out a cunning killer who can turn up anywhere and Wolfe must do it uickly Because a second case awaits his urgent attention a society widow on a mailing list of poison pen letters leading. What to say about Rex Stout I enjoyed his writings of Nero Wolfe forty years ago and will forty years from now This book had two mysteries in one volume Black Orchids had Wolfe and his side kick Archie Goodwin mixed up in a murder at a flower showThe Silent Speaker is about a government power broker scheduled to speak before a group of millionaires only to end up deadNero Wolfe the sedentary sleuth sets out to find the killerwith a little help from Archie Bantam has been eissuing Rex Stout s Nero Wolfe novels in groups of two novels in one volume for some time now and I ve been picking them up as I find them Black Orchids 1942
is paired with 1946 s The Silent Speaker which will bepaired with 1946 s The Silent Speaker which will be next Wolfe mystery this The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field review concerns only the former Black Orchids is I believe unusual in the Wolfe canon in that it s actually two novellasather than one mystery the stories are vaguely linked by the The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division rare flower which provides the title In Black Orchids Wolfe is lured out of his West 35th Street den to a flower show at which aare display of black orchids is a highlight Another highlight especially for Archie Goodwin is a young woman who is part of *a picnic tableau used A Rex Stout book is always a pleasure to ead I think it s *picnic tableau used A Rex Stout book is always a pleasure to ead I think it s Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe are wonderful characters Black Orchids is the ninth installment in the WolfeGoodwin series and the first to not be a novel Instead it s a collection of two novellas one that shares it s name with the book and Cordially Invited to Meet Death For whatever Das kurze Leben der Sophie Scholl reason I kept putting this one off for years until 2 years ago I think What a stupid stupid move These are not Stout s best work in character complexity theme or whatever but they are just about the most entertaining entries in the corpus I literally LOL ed than once the first time Iead them and a couple of times on this second Défendre Jacob read as wellIt s no mistake that the book shares the title with the first novella it s the superior entry a funny lightomp until it stops and becomes one of the grimmer entries in the corpus Wolfe throughout is childish peevish calculating and eventually uthless Archie is well ArchieLewis Hewitt a fellow orchid fanatic and sometimes ally of Wolfe s has produced a new hybrid that Wolfe is very jealous
"Of Some Black Orchids Not The Most Subtle Of Titles "some black orchids not the most subtle of titles is showing them at New York s annual flower show Naturally disinclined to attend himself Wolfe sends Archie down to view them take notes on. A NERO WOLFE SPECIAL EDITION TWO COMPLETE MYSTERIES IN ONE VOLUME Nero Wolfe towers over his ivalshe is an exceptional character creation New Yorker A grand master of the form Rex Stout is one of America's greatest mystery writers and his literary creation Nero Wolfe is one of fiction's greatest detectives In this double helping of classic Nero Wolfe mysteries Stout presents the arrogant gourmandizing sedentary sleuth and his trusty man about town Archie Goodwin with a pair of delectable murders th.