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The Doorbell Rang by Rex Stout
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Oct 27, 09

Recommended to Nancy by: Kristen Edinger and Darlene Allred
Read in October, 2009

I hate this rating system. I don't know how to rate my books properly by stars. I feel like I can only give a five to my favorite books of all time, but maybe I should give them more freely because that makes fours my standard for a good book that I really enjoyed and would recommend, but what about books that I had fun reading but don't know that everyone would like them? I guess they get threes, but threes sound so mediocre when I thought this was a fun book. Hmmm.

Anyway, my niece and sister-in-law were talking about the recent Nero Wolfe books they had read and were shocked that I had never heard of this detective series, so my niece passed me "The Doorbell Rang" right then and there. Wolfe is the main brains if you will, also a lover of fine foods and very large. He rarely leaves to do the actual dirty work and the stories are told by Archie -- his dashing and charming assistant (and the one who does all the dirty work for Wolfe). The banter between the two is quite enjoyable and while it wasn't a book that was impossible to set down, it was entertaining and I will certainly read some more of the detective series at some point.
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message 1: by Penny (new)

Penny Wright Nancy-pants--glad you are now among the Nero Wolfe fans. I love the bygone era (1930's?) setting, the comforting pace of Nero Wolfe's routines--afternoons spent with his orchids, consultation with his chef and descriptions of his epicurean dinners. Ah, it takes me back. I think I read most of these when my kids were little. At the same time I was taking Organic Gardening Magazine and reading short, no-nonsense garden advice from Ruth Stout, Rex Stout's admirable sister. It felt a bit like being a friend of the family. xxx


message 2: by Craig (new)

Craig Penny wrote: "Nancy-pants--glad you are now among the Nero Wolfe fans. I love the bygone era (1930's?) setting, the comforting pace of Nero Wolfe's routines--afternoons spent with his orchids, consultation with ..."

Hope it's OK for me to insinuate myself into this exchange. I also like Rex Stout--there aren't many mystery series that are so re-readable. Gene Cronin, my boss during summers through high school and into college, loved Nero Wolfe so much that he read the series over and over. The told-by-a-sidekick device works so well that its surprising it isn't more common. There's Sherlock Holmes, of course, but no others spring to mind. Can you think of any?


message 3: by Penny (new)

Penny Wright Craig darlin, I think it's high time you wrote an as- told-by-a-sidekick mystery yourself. I know it would be splendid.


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