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A Crime Classic a Day (8)

Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance, A Nero Wolfe Mystery, New York, Pocket Books, 1941

The  first ten Nero Wolfe books were published by Farrar & Rinehart, a New York publishing company founded in 1929. 48 more words

Book Covers

I Went Down to the Chelsea Drugstore*

You probably visit them without even thinking about it. Perhaps you have a cold, or need a headache remedy. If you’ve been to see a doctor, you may have a prescription. 1,117 more words

Agatha Christie

Open the Bag

Recently, I watched many of the A&E adaptations of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe novels. One of the main characters—Archie Goodwin, a private investigator played by Timothy Hutton—said a phrase over and over: “Open the bag.” I love that phrase. 464 more words


You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)*

For obvious reasons, police characters play critical roles in crime fiction. Even when the main character is a PI or perhaps amateur sleuth, we see a lot of police presence. 1,106 more words

Agatha Christie

Books and Movies - April and May 2015


  • Trouble in Triplicate (“Before I Die”, “Help Wanted, Male”, and “Instead of Evidence”) – Rex Stout: More Nero Wolfe (but mostly, more Archie Goodwin). Very enjoyable, although they don’t stand out particularly in my memory.
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The Last Drive

I received a pre-release e-copy of this book through NetGalley (publication date May 26, 2015) with the expectation that I will post a review on their site and others (my blog, Goodreads, Facebook, Google +, LinkedIn, Twitter, Amazon, etc.). 164 more words



He went on, in the drawling murmur that he habitually used when giving me a set-up.  I was yawning, but I got it down.  Some of it sounded like he was having hallucinations or else trying to make me think he knew things I didn’t know. 10 more words