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    July 18, 2011


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    Tony Renner

    This book is an expansion of an earlier novella, the name of which escapes me....

    Les Blatt

    I don't know if that's correct - please let me know if you think of the title. I know that it did appear as one of three novels in a later Viking three-in-one volume called "Three Trumps," along with "The Black Mountain" and "Before Midnight" - could that be what you were thinking of?

    Patrick Ohl

    Interesting review! After a bunch of random Wolfes, I started reading them in chronological order. I'm curently at "Some Buried Caesar" (after a mistake in my chronological ordering system had me skip accidentally to "Over My Dead Body". This sounds like a highly enjoyable romp! Archie is definitely the star of the show, but I rather like Nero as well.

    Les Blatt

    Some Buried Caesar is one of the best. It's also the one where Archie meets Lily Rowan (in a thoroughly unromantic manner, I fear). They don't have to be read in order, though it does help keep track of the ones you have and haven't read. Enjoy!


    Les, I'm currently re-reading all the Wolfe short stories. Well, at least all the volumes of short stories I have in the house and enjoying them immensely. You can be sure that I never remember whodunit when it comes to short stories. But that's not the main reason I enjoy them. They are just too clever and so much fun.

    But I've read IF DEATH EVER SLEPT and liked it very much. Sometimes Wolfe and Archie are like an old married couple. They just get on each others' nerves. Ha. It's funny you should mention SOME BURIED CAESAR. That's one of my least favorites. Maybe because I always want Wolfe to be in the brownstone and not traveling the highways and byways of the countryside. I also don't like Lily Rowan. But then I was set up not to like her. :)

    Les Blatt

    Yvette, I've never considered the "whodunit" factor to be critical in the Nero Wolfe books - like you, I enjoy rereading them all (although I must admit that, given the precarious state of my memory these days, I too can't remember whodunit, so it's a good thing I don't rate that factor highly!). Sorry that Lily's not a hit - I think she's fascinating, particularly in the later stories, as the relationship between her and Archie got progressively more complex.

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