Before blogging, there were email groups online that I belonged to that talked about books. I have kept all my emails to those groups, and just came across the following, written about Champagne For One. The words are just what I would still say, and they were written in May 2006 a few months before I began my blog. The second words are from 2003.
I am so enjoying my visits to Wolfe and Archie as I read them all again in publication order, though as I have said, they really don't have to be read that way.
I go on and on to anyone who'll listen about the greatness of the Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin books. Some in the series are stellar, like this one, and others not so perfect, but I don't really look at them individually. They are all of a piece about the life. It's like checking in to see what Wolfe and Archie are up to. I love the old familiar words and descriptions of how many steps up to the door of the old brownstone, what Archie is having for breakfast, how the office is arranged, what Wolfe is reading, and of course the mystery he must work on to pay for his gourmet food and his thousands of orchids. Wonderful, wonderful books.
I love the way Archie repeats details in each book, in case the reader is on his
first Nero Wolfe story. "I climbed the seven steps up to the old
brownstone". "Cramer sat in the red chair". I love the house
descriptions. The plots are really secondary. Each book is a portion of
the lives of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. I think between the Stout
books, and P.G. Wodehouse books, I really could survive without any other