Monday, August 30, 2010

Diane Mott Davidson on Nero Wolfe: SOME BURIED CAESAR

Some Buried Caesar (Nero Wolfe Mysteries)In the 1990s, The Rex Stout Library reprinted the Nero Wolfe mysteries with brand-new introductions from a variety of mystery and suspense authors, including Robert Parker, Lawrence Block, and Jonathan Kellerman.

Stout's 1938 classic Some Buried Caesar -- named one of the 20th Century's 100 Favorite Mysteries by the Independent Mystery Bookseller's Association -- was reprinted in 1994 with an introduction by Diane Mott Davidson. It's an especially apt pairing, given the culinary angle of the plot and the fact that Davidson writes culinary mysteries starring caterer and amateur sleuth Goldy Schulz. In fact, Davidson even wraps her introduction with a recipe.

The edition also features a reprinted letter written by author P.G. Wodehouse in 1969, wherein the famed humorist states: "What a good story Some Buried Caesar is. I had read it before, of course, but had completely forgotten what happened after the adventure with the bull. I find I can re-read Rex Stout indefinitely, which showed the importance of atmosphere."

Diane Mott Davidson's introduction is also included in the 2-in-1 edition Some Buried Caesar/The Golden Spiders.

Related links:
Jonathan Kellerman on Nero Wolfe: THREE DOORS TO DEATH
Robert B. Parker on Nero Wolfe: IF DEATH EVER SLEPT
GOLDY SCHULZ by Diane Mott Davidson
Detectives: NERO WOLFE and ARCHIE GOODWIN by Rex Stout
Murder on the Menu: 13 Food Mysteries
Christmas Can Be Murder: 10 Seasonal Mystery Titles
Crime Fiction Alphabet: H is for Homicide Trinity
150 Mystery Series: 1841-2010

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