Too Many Women - comments and opinions? Warning -Spolilers
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Archie was in heaven in that building full of women. Mr Goodwin puts it perfectly himself " One good glance and I liked the job. The girls. All right there, all being paid to stay right there, and me being paid to move freely about and converse with any one whoever, which was down in black and white. Probably after I had been there a couple of years I would find that the close-ups revealed inferior individual specimens. Grade B or lower in age, contours, skin quality, voice or level of intellect, but from where I stood at nine-fifty-two Wednesday morning it was enough to take your breath away. At least half a thousand of them and the general and overwhelming impression was of - clean, young, healthy, friendly, spirited, beautiful and ready. I stood and filled my eyes, trying to look detached. It was an ocean of opportunity."
The mystery is a little on the basic side in this book but a good romp even so.
Was the 'coolness' between Archie and Wolfe more pronounced here than in other books when they were on the outs? It seemed that way to me, but my memory of the other stories is not always the greatest.
The only thing that bothers me is the name of the first corpse - Waldo Moore. He was supposed to be some kind of lady killer, charming women into wanting to marry him and hooking an older admirer, but he's called 'Waldo', for heaven's sake! Even the pet form, Wally, is ridiculous. I know this book was set in another generation, but I just can't take this character's reputation seriously.
Other than that, enjoying the Archie exposure - what was all that in the booth at Rusterman's? Is this the same proud prude as in all the other books? And I rather wanted him to take it further with Cecily Pine ... ;)