Thirty-Eighth Annual Black Orchid Weekend
December 4, 5, & 6, 2015
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Friday, December 4, 2015
6:30 PM

Rex Stout & Nero Wolfe Media Fest

Pete's Tavern
(just south of Gramercy Park)

Buffet dinner with beer, wine, and soft drinks

Vintage RadioWe have put together a very special evening featuring video and audio of appearances of Nero Wolfe, Rex Stout, and their families. The program will include Mr. Stout’s 1969 interview on The Dick Cavett Show, his 1956 appearance Filmon the TV anthology series Omnibus, as well as an excerpt from the first episode of the most recent TV adaptation of the Corpus – the 2012 Italian version of Fer-de-Lance (in Italian, with English subtitles). The full program listing will be distributed at the event.

Saturday, December 5, 2015
Arno Ristorante
141 West 38th Street
(East of 7th Ave.)

Black Orchid Assembly

2:00 to 4:30 PM

Speakers discuss a range of Wolfean and Stout topics with intermission refreshments and a “swap & shop.”

Black Orchid Happy Hour

5:30 to 6:30 PM

Mingle with fellow Wolfeans while enjoying scrumptious appetizers and a cash bar.

Black Orchid Banquet

6:30 PM

Black OrchidAs usual, the banquet evening will be filled with song parodies, toasts, themed quizzes, literary award presentations, and general hilarity and conviviality as we celebrate Rex Stout’s magnificent legacy. Our keynote speaker this year is TERRY TEACHOUT, who is the drama critic for the Wall Street Journal, a columnist for Commentary, the author of acclaimed biographies of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and H.L. Mencken, and a lifelong fan of Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Informal Brunch

Pete's Tavern
(Main Floor Dining Room)
11:30 AM

AHMMAnnouncing the Tenth Annual
Black Orchid Novella Award Contest

Jointly Presented by
The Wolfe Pack
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

Each entry must be an original unpublished work of fiction that conforms to the tradition of the Nero Wolfe series.

First prize*:  $1,000 ... and publication in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Entries must be 15,000 to 20,000 words in length, and must be postmarked by May 31, 2016. The winner will be announced at The Wolfe Pack’s Annual Black Orchid Banquet in New York City, December 3, 2016.

For Full details, see:
Submission Rules & Procedures

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

Upcoming Book Discussions

See the Book Discussion Page or Calendar for the schedules. For information on starting a local Wolfe Pack Book Discussion Group (a raceme) read the Raceme Page and then send us an e-mail.

  • NYC
  • Baltimore
  • Acton, MA
  • Hartford, CT
  • Clarence, NY (Metro Buffalo, NY -- 1st Discussion books, time & place now set!)
  • Wolfe Pack Facebook Page (online discussion)
  • Washington, DC Metro (now forming)
  • Chicago Metro (now forming)

Re-Designed Web Site

Here it is -- the newly designed web site. It has taken a few hundred hours and a few dozen weeks to enable all the pages to display optimally on devices of various sizes:

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  • Desktop PC monitors
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  • Smart Phones & I-Phones

We hope you will jump right in to discover loads of fun information about our favorite fatty AND, if you spot any problems or issues, notify the webmaster).

The Last Drive And Other Stories

by Rex Stout
Edited by Ira Brad Matetsky

A collection of Rex Stout stories never before available in book form

The Last Drive & Other StoriesPublished nearly a century ago, “The Last Drive,” the story that inspired Fer-de-lance, the first Nero Wolfe novel, is clever, charming, and absolutely baffling. In short, it is vintage Rex Stout. Never before published in book form, it and the other stories in this volume represent the early efforts of a modern genius.

When Colonel Phillips begins his final game of golf, his greatest problem in life is that he has begun to slice the ball. Playing with his nephews and lawyer, Phillips fights his way back into the game, and is on the verge of victory when he keels over. He clutches his chest, mumbles a few words, and is dead in minutes. The club physician has no doubt: the Colonel was poisoned. Finding the killer falls to the President of the club, amateur detective Canby Rankin, who will do whatever it takes to find the killer on the links.

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Book of Spies Gayle Lynds' The Book of Spies was a Nero Finalist. A former museum curator and a retired military spy must find the long-lost Library of Gold, whose last known owner was Ivan the Terrible. Please visit Gayle at

Dolled Up for MurderBlood Rubies, Jane Cleland's ninth book in the much-loved Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery Series, is a tale of Fabregé eggs, antique snow globes, and obsession—and a cat named Hank. Visit Jane's web site!

Archie Goodwin FilesMarvin Kaye has edited a number of anthologies. These two tributes, The Nero Wolfe Files and The Archie Goodwin Files are anthologies of the best of The Wolfe Pack's Gazette articles. They can be purchased on Amazon.

Green Eyed LadyThe year is 1936. Charles "Lucky" Luciano is the most powerful gangster in America. Thomas E. Dewey is an ambitious young prosecutor hired to bring him down, and Cokey Flo Brown--grifter, heroin addict, and sometimes prostitute--is the witness who claims she can do it. Visit Chuck's site.

The Whole She-BangJanet Costello compiled this collection of 24 stories by members of Sisters in Crime Canada. Some are set in far flung locations, but most of them are set in Canada from Vancouver Island to the Arctic, Ontario to Alberta! They include settings and themes that are 100% current while others are drawn from the pages of history. They are traditional and noir, serious and funny, and they will keep you turning the pages.

Mysterious WaysFrom the pen of New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole, comes Mysterious Ways, featuring occultist Merlin Bloodstone and his skeptical assistant. Highly reminiscent of the Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout.

Reduced CircumstancesVincent O'Neil's latest mystery features playwright Jack Glynn in a new mystery theater-themed series. Visit Vincenet's site.

Matthew & Prison of SoulsMatthew 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.

Bottle to the DeathA Bottle to the Death is the second novel in the Peyton Knowles detective series. When the owner of Joplin's Saloon is found bludgeoned in the storeroom, all clues point toward Joey Hudson, the bar manager. But when Joey's friend Charlie Lowman involves Peyton Knowles in the case, it's not long before things are not quite what they seem. For more information see Michael Hogan's facebook page.

The Spies from PrincetonIn Guy K. Stewart's A Glassful of Lies, Stone and his two assistants. Lucas Carlyle and Stacia Clarke, are asked to investigate the death of a patron in a fashionable Miami restaurant, Le Moal, Stone's favorite and owned by Alberto Blucher, an old client and charming maitre d', and Walters Schmidt, his partner, the sommelier, an oily pretentious sort.

Julius Katz CollectionA brilliant, eccentric detective who loves food with an assistant named Archie. Sound familiar? It should, and it's obviously intentional. There are other similarities to Rex Stout's Nero Wolf series in these stories, including a masterful writing style. For more information visit David's web site.

Beyond the BridgeDermot 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.

The Serial LoverAmanda Matetsky is the author of the Annie March and Paige Turner mysteries. Stop by Amanda's site to read all about 'em.

Rosewood's AshesAilleen Schumacher writes the Tory Travers /David Alverez series. Read more about Ailleen and her books on her web site.

Surviving without a Secretary Gazette editor, Jean Quinn (aka Lon Cohen), penned this book in the "Crisp Fifty-Minute Series."

Octavious BearMeet A daring jewel “theft” in a Chicago museum leads to a mass assassination attempt of the world's greatest genetic geniuses. Octavius Bear, a 9 foot, 1400 pound Kodiak and his sidekick, Maury Meerkat battle his foes Visit Harry DeMaio's website.

Papers of Sherlock HolmesDavid 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 DeedsFatal 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

Dying Hand to MouthMichael 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!

For Fear of Elective King Read the rich account of a young nation's controversy and its meanings in Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon's For Fear of an Elective King.
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. Visit Kata's site!

Oblomov by Stephen PearlTranslation 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 Ninth Man-Brad CrowthersAward-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 ... Visit Brad's site.

Carrying OnCarrying On: A Somewhat Geriatric Love Affair
by member Emily Mikulewicz.