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Thirty Seventh Annual
Black Orchid Banquet
December 5, 6, & 7, 2014, New York City

As always, the Wolfean year will conclude on the first weekend of December with the annual Black Orchid Weekend festivities on December 5, 6, 7, 2014. We have scheduled a full weekend of events, including:
  • Friday night, December 5, book discussion of THE MOTHER HUNT with adaptation screening of the International version of the A&E TV episode and buffet dinner with wine & beer held at Pete's Tavern, near Gramercy Park
  • Saturday afternoon, December 6, Black Orchid Assembly with speakers discussing Wolfean and Stout topics and “swap & shop”
  • Saturday evening, December 6, Black Orchid Cocktails & Banquet at Arno Ristorante. As usual, the evening will be filled with song parodies, toasts, themed quizzes, and general hilarity and conviviality as we celebrate Rex Stout’s magnificent legacy. Our keynote speaker at the banquet will be STEPHEN SCHWARTZ, the award-winning composer and lyricist (Godspell, Pippin, Wicked), who is also a long-time Nero Wolfe aficionado.
  • an informal brunch on Sunday, December 7, at Pete's Tavern.
Click here to view pricing, etc. and to print the registration form, which includes further details. Please registration as early as possible.

Upcoming Book Discussions in
NYC, Baltimore, Acton, MA, and Bloomfield/Hartford), CT
See the Book Discussion Page or Calendar

2014 Nero Award Finalists
(winner will be announced on December 6, 2014 at the Black Orchid Banquet)
  • Ask Not, Max Allan Collins, Tor & Forge Books

  • Three Can Keep a Secret, Archer Mayor, St. Martins Press

  • Murder as a Fine Art, David Morrell, Little, Brown & Company

  • A Study in Revenge, Kieran Sheilds, Crown Publishing Group

  • A Question of Honor, Charles Todd, William Morrow/Harper Collins
The winner will be announced at the Black Orchid Banquet, to be held in New York City on Saturday, December 6, 2014.
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Register NOW for the Thirty Seventh Annual Black Orchid Weekend Activities in NYC

Read Joseph Goodrich's article about his adaptation of The Red Box to the stage in MYSTERY SCENE MAGAZINE.

Don't miss Michael Bishop's updated Libra Pictura, an illustrated reference to the orchids of Nero Wolfe.

The Wolfe Pack &
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
Proudly Announce the Ninth Annual Black Orchid Novella Award Contest
Each entry must be an original unpublished work of fiction that conforms to the tradition of the Nero Wolfe series, and:
  • Contains no overt sex or violence
  • Emphasizes the deductive skills of the sleuth
  • Does not include characters from the original series
First prize: $1,000 and publication in ALFRED HITCHCOCK MYSTERY MAGAZINE

Contest Entries must be 15,000 to 20,000 words in length, and must be postmarked by May 31, 2015. The winner will be announced at The Wolfe Pack’s Annual Black Orchid Banquet in New York City, Saturday, December 5, 2015. Please click here to read the official rules and procedures to submit your novella.

*If no acceptable candidates are received, AHMM and The Wolfe Pack reserve the right to declare no winner in any given year. and publication in What

Murder in the Ball Park

Released January, 2014: Murder in the Ball Park by Robert Goldsborough
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Wolfe earns a big league call-up after a senator gets taken out at the ball game.

Archie Goodwin and Saul Panzer have ventured into the wilds of northern Manhattan to watch the Giants take on the Dodgers at the Polo Grounds. The national anthem is just winding down when Panzer spies a notable in the box seats: state senator Orson Milbank, a silver-haired scoundrel with enemies in every corner of upstate New York. In the fourth inning, a monstrous line drive brings every fan in the grandstand to his feet—every fan save for one silver-haired senator, who has been shot dead by a sniper in the upper deck.


Archie meet Nero Wolfe

Released in 2012
Archie Meets Nero Wolfe: A Prequel to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe Mysteries
by Robert Goldsborough
Nominated for the 2013 Shamus Award!

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To become part of the Nero Wolfe legend, Archie Goodwin must prove his worth. Archie Goodwin comes to New York City hoping for a bit of excitement. In his third week working as a night watchman, he stops two burglars in their tracks—with a pair of hot lead slugs. Dismissed from his job for being "trigger-happy," he parlays his newfound notoriety into a job as a detective's assistant, helping honest sleuth Del Bascom solve cases like the Morningside Piano Heist, the Rive Gauche Art Gallery Swindle, and the Sumner-Hayes Burglary. But it's the kidnapping of Tommie Williamson, the son of a New York hotel magnate, that introduces Goodwin to the man who will change his life.

Young Tommie has gone missing, and only one detective is built for the job: Nero Wolfe, the heavyset genius of West Thirty-Fifth Street. Together they will form one of the most unlikely crime fighting duos in history—but first Goodwin must find Tommie Williamson, and prove to Wolfe that he deserves a place by his side.

Don't miss this highly acclaimed addition to the Wolfe saga. Order now from Amazon.

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Green Eyed Lady The Ninth Man-Brad Crowthers Dolled Up for Murder
When the heir to a Napa Valley wine empire goes missing, attorney Jack MacTaggart is caught in a web of greed, jealousy, and murder in which blood may be thicker than water, but money is a powerful anticoagulant. "MacTaggart is full of awesome." -- Library Journal. Please visit
Award-winner Bruce DeSilva says 2010 Black Orchid Award winner Brad Crowther’s debut novel is “… distinguished by pitch-perfect dialogue, a suspenseful plot, and a superb cast of characters ...” Advance copies of The Ninth Man are available at
Lethal Treasures is Jane Cleland's eighth in the Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery Series. From Romantic Times: "Cleland's in-depth research makes it outstanding. Her characters go beyond stereotypes or repeats of what you've seen in earlier books. The mystery is strong and the setting, both in antiques and the locale, is well done."
Papers of Sherlock Holmes McAleer Fatal Deeds
Meet Octavius Bear, a 9 foot, 1400 pound Kodiak and his sidekick, Maury Meerkat. A daring jewel “theft” in a Chicago museum leads to a mass assassination attempt of the world’s greatest genetic geniuses. Octavius and his team battle his foes, Imperius Drake, Bigg Baboon and the glamorous, unpredictable Chita. Octavius rescues his love interest, Bearoness Belinda Béarnaise Bruin (nee Black) as he foils Imperius’ dastardly plots in this all-animal story. Visit Harry DeMaio's website. David Marcum's The Papers of Sherlock Holmes (Vol. I & II) contains nine new Sherlock Holmes stories, and Vol. II (shown here) has valuable information regarding Nero Wolfe as a boy and young adult, beginning when he is eleven years old in 1903.
Fatal Deeds, featuring Korean War vet, Augustus M. Churchill, a PI in Concord, MA, is a suspense novel, laced with history, romance, local color, and humor. Best-selling author Andrew McAleer spins a genuine mystery - reminiscent in plot and character of the best of the Golden Age of Mystery. Visit his web page
Jane Haddam Blood in the Water Mysterious Ways Reduced Circumstances
Jane Haddam is the author of the Gregor Demarkian Series.
From the pen of New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole, comes Mysterious Ways, the first novel in a mystery series featuring occultist Merlin Bloodstone and his skeptical assistant. Highly reminiscent of the Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout....
Vincent O'Neil's latest mystery features playwright Jack Glynn in a new mystery theater-themed series.
Matthew & Prison of Souls Dying Hand to Mouth The Spies from Princeton
Matthew Livingston is the teenage detective created by Marco Conelli in The Prison of Souls. Visit Marco's site.

Also take a peek at his great Nero Wolfe Corpus Ornament Collection.
Michael Hogan's new e-book, DYING HAND TO MOUTH. When billionaire philanthropist Theodore Pennington is poisoned at a benefit in his honor, it's up to detective Peyton Knowles and his assistant Charlie Lowman to sift through the clues, and, in the process, pull some skeletons from the closets of the Washington power elite! Guy K. Stewart's new Kindle
e-book, The Spies from Princeton, is not your run-of-the-mill, spy-shoot-em-up. Instead, Mr. Stewart's approach is more deliciously insidious. Like le Carré's Spy Who Came in from the Cold, his is a short, taut, focused tale - where amoral deceit and the stunning triple-cross are again the themes.
  Archie Goodwin Files Nero Wolfe Files
Marvin Kaye has edited a number of anthologies. The above two tributes, anthologies of the best of The Wolfe Pack's Gazette articles, and Marvin's other books can be viewed at the Wildside Press web site.
Beyond the Bridge The Serial Lover Rosewood's Ashes
Dermot Sparhawk, a former all-American football star at Boston College, returns in Beyond the Bridge, a prequel to Tom MacDonald's award-winning debut novel, The Charlestown Connection.
Amanda Matetsky is the author of the Annie March and Paige Turner mysteries. Stop by Amanda's site to read all about 'em:
Ailleen Schumacher writes the Tory Travers /David Alverez series. Read more about Ailleen and her books on her web site.
Other than Mystery Genre
For Fear of Elective King
For Fear of an Elective King
Surviving without a Secretary Carrying On
Within weeks of the establishment of the new federal government based on the U.S. Constitution, the Senate and House of Representatives fell into dispute regarding how to address the president. For Fear of an Elective King is member Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon's rich account of the title controversy and its meanings. Visit Kata's site!
Translation by member Stephen Pearl of the Russian classic by Ivan Aleksandrovich Goncharov. Awarded the AATSEEL (American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages) Prize for the best book translation of 2008.
The Gazette editor, Jean Quinn (aka Lon Cohen) penned this book in the "Crisp Fifty-Minute Series."
Carrying On: A Somewhat Geriatric Love Affair
by member Emily Mikulewicz

A&E's Series A Nero Wolfe Mystery

brownstone Click the open door
In In the Best Families, when Mr. Wolfe left the brownstone he left the door open to show everyone that he had left and the brownstone was empty. We are leaving the door open in the picture to express our empty feeling at the A&E Network's cancellation of A Nero Wolfe Mystery series.
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