We definitely have lost our hearts to characters in mysteries and Jordan Bingham, the young sleuth in the book collector mysteries, is head over heels for Archie Goodwin in The Wolfe Widow, the third book in the series.
Sure, she had a bad case for Lord Peter Wimsey in The Sayers Swindle, but he’d be a hundred and fourteen years old now if he was real and there were other impediments to them living happily ever after too. He was married to Harriet Vane for one thing.
But Archie – the right hand man to the great detective Nero Wolfe – remains happily single and very dishy. That’s always such a challenge for a girl carrying a torch. Jordan thinks Rex Stout should have called those books The Archie Goodwin mysteries.
Never mind, he’s a good role model for Jordan who is the first person in her family to go straight. Jordan could do worse than imagine what advice Archie would offer after she gets fired and her boss’s book collection is threatened. Oh yes, and lives are at risk too.
I found it wonderful to work on this book as one-half of Victoria Abbott (with my daughter) especially as I got to reread so many of the Nero Wolfe books and enjoy the good life in the brownstone and the wit and banter in these mysteries that hold their own with re-reading. Yes, I still have that crush on Archie Goodwin, although I suppose young Jordan would have a better chance with Archie if he were real.
Now I’m off reading the Roderick Alleyn stories by Ngaio Marsh for The Marsh Madness, the fourth book collector mystery. I must say, I love my job! Roderick Alleyn is pretty appealing too, an aristocrat who is also a Scotland Yard detective. Maybe in the course of research I’ll fall in love again. But right now, Archie Goodwin’s still my main fictional heartthrob.
How about you? Do you ever get a crush on a character from a book? Let’s hear it. There are no secrets here, my friends. Mind you, I am tempted to say that Archie’s taken, but I think he’s still playing the field.