In 2000, I fell in love. Not with a living man, but with a brand new genre of writing. And with the dapper detective Archie Goodwin, of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe books. I have to confess that before meeting Archie, I was a literary snob, reading only “high literature,” books that I might encounter in my English courses in college and graduate school. And English courses just did not include mysteries. But when I had an hour long commute each way to my job the summer after my first year of graduate school, Jessica Greenlee, my best friend and fellow English major (also FGN’s webmistress), talked me into trying audiobooks to make the commute more bearable, and she recommended the Nero Wolfe books as easier to follow on audio than high literature. I love Toni Morrison, but trust me! Sula just is not easy to understand well on audiobooks. So I gave Nero Wolfe a try, and it was love at first listen! The mysteries are highly creative, the characters personable, and the humor lively. Now, 18 years later, I’m still in love with Archie and Wolfe, and for 15 of those years I have been a dues-paying member of the Wolfe Pack, the official society for fans of Nero Wolfe.
Skip ahead nine years later, and I discovered Audible and soon cozy mysteries. I’ve become such a cozy mystery aficionado that I hold the title of Queen of Cozy Mysteries here at Fangirl Nation. But my love affair with Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin has never ended. And as Audible makes more books available, it is recording more of the classic mysteries that helped shape the world of mystery today.
Other than the Nero Wolfe canon, I feel the lack of my classical mystery education. Yes, I’ve read the complete Sherlock Holmes novels and stories more than once, and I’ve read some of the classical mystery books. But now I have decided to embark on a personal quest to educate myself in the Golden Mysteries, and I invite you to join with me as we together explore the likes of authors as Rex Stout (Nero Wolfe), Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason), Josephine Tey (Inspector Grant), Margery Allingham (Albert Campion), and Patricia Wentworth (Miss Silver).
So join with me in educating yourself too as every Friday we Go for the Golden! Next week we will read the first Nero Wolfe book, Fer-de-Lance!