Black Orchids - Nero Wolfe Author:Rex Stout A remarkably rare black orchid at a flower show lures Nero Wolfe from his comfortable brownstone. But before the detective and his sidekick, Archie Goodwin, can stop and smell the roses, a diabolically daring murder puts a blight on the proceedings. The murderer to be weeded out is definitely not a garden-variety killer. — Wolfe must also throw h... more »is considerable weight into another thorny case, this one involving a rich society widow bedeviled by poison-pen letters -- and a poisonous plot as black as Wolfe's orchids with roots even more twisted.
"Like the orchids he so avidly cultivates, Nero Wolfe is one of mystery writing's most prized ornamentals." (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)« less
Classic whodunit. 2 relatively short detective stories - sort of like Agatha Christie or Arthur Conan Doyle in that the plots center around the mystery, the clues, the cleverness and personality of the detectives.
This was my first Rex Stout. I think you may have to read a few of them to get accustomed to the peculiarities of the characters and really enjoy it.