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Date: 2013-02-02 07:20 pm (UTC)
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ABV is, I think, my #1 favorite of the canon.

First, because the mystery is more serviceable than most: the secondary cover-up (of the coffee) is plausible and is then blown for a believable reason (meddling kids!), and then the coffee switch itself is a reasonable distractor. (Though I do think it's cheating that the motive is buried somewhere we're specifically blocked off from--"You wouldn't know him, he committed suicide. In Canada.") Let's face it, in these books the mechanics of the mystery experience aren't always completely smooth.

Second, because the Wolfe-Archie relationship is humming along on all cylinders. Archie does the most outrageous things ("too old or too fat") to save Wolfe from his own indolence, because it's expected (he doesn't think he might get fired, he only fears retaliation), and then Wolfe drops the hammer to rescue Archie from his dinnerless ordeal at the DA's. Adorable!

Third, I love Nancylee. And her socks. She's simply utterly! On the question of Shepherd, I'm not sure we're meant to think he's abusive per se. For us, for a woman to be scared of her husband like that reads as an unquestionable sign of some kind of abuse, but I think back then being scared of your husband's reaction to things would be considered more normal for a wife of meek character, especially if the husband is rather yell-y.

Also, I wish I had one of those window contraptions. I feel the same way Wolfe does.
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