Holiday Loves and Quirks is my mini-blog series for December. Posts documenting my unique take on Christmas will show up on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is a way for me to share the spirit of the holiday with all of you! And don’t worry; I am in full marathon reading mode so you will still have plenty of book reviews to peruse!
Nero Wolfe is a fictional private investigator created by Rex Stout in 1934. Stout produced, during forty-one years, 33 novels and 39 short stories about the eccentric armchair detective and many other writers have continued the series since 1975. The stories usually take place in New York City, and document Wolfe’s investigations. Wolfe is a large man who delights in gourmet meals, never leaves his house on business, loves the color yellow, and grows ornate and expensive orchids as a hobby. The narrator of the stories is Wolfe’s right-hand man, the cheeky gumshoe Archie Goodwin. Archie is always there to run errands for Wolfe, and keeps the eccentric genius grounded with his sarcastic humor. Expect to see Nero Wolfe book reviews over the next few weeks!
I love the books, but I was first introduced to the character via the TV show. A Nero Wolfe Mystery aired on A&E in 2000 and only ran for two seasons. It was different in that it contained a repertory cast. The same actors played the central characters, Maury Chaykin as Nero Wolfe and Timothy Hutton as Archie Goodwin. Regular actors also portrayed the essential supporting characters: Inspector Cramer, Fritz Brenner, Saul Panzer, and Sergeant Purley Stebbins. The rest of the roles were filled by the repertory cast each week and the diverse acting skills is just impressive. Plus, the settings are just beautiful! I definitely recommend that you watch the series; my favorite episode is “Door to Death.”
My mom is the reason we watch this series over and over again at Christmas. She received the box set as a gift one year and we watched the entire thing in four days! We both ‘nerd out’ when it comes to Christmas Nero Wolfe marathons 😀 Do you have any odd Christmas traditions?