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Entries from: 1930s    1940s    1950s    1960s    1970s    1980s    1990s
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1930-1939 (Date indicates when story was written or case first mentioned)
1930
 
Wolfe buys brownstone on West 35th Street; licensed as private detective; hires Archie Goodwin who had worked for Del Bascom (probably in September).
1930 - OCT
Archie Meets Nero Wolfe
Archie Meets Nero Wolfe book published in 2012. Case: Mid to late OCT
1930-1933
 
Other cases mentioned in a story: Longren; Fashalt; Goldsmith; Williamson kidnaping; Very Neat Blackmailing; Moschenden; Diplomacy Club business; Pine Street; Man Named Hallowell
1931
 
Anthony D. Perry (1st case)
Late 1932 - early 1933
 
Other cases mentioned in a story: Bannister-Schurman business; Hay Fever; Fairmont National Bank
1933
Fer-de-Lance
Fer-de-lance book published in 1934. Case: Wed 7 JUN - Wed 21 JUN
JUN 1933 - OCT 1934
 
Other cases mentioned in a story: Whittemore Bonds; Hardest Guy to Deal With; Highly Unremunerative Mission
1934
The League of Frightened Men
The League of Frightened Men book published in 1935. Case: Fri 2 NOV - Mon 12 NOV
1935
 
FEB: Unrecorded incident that convinced Archie always to carry a gun.
The Rubber Band
The Rubber Band book published in 1936. Case: Mon 7 OCT - Wed 9 OCT
1936
The Red Box
The Red Box book published in 1937. Case: Mon 30 MAR - Sat 4 APR
1937
Too Many Cooks
Too Many Cooks book published in 1938. Case: Mon 5 APR - Fri 9 APR
The Red Threads
Inspector Cramer solves his own case in The Red Threads. Book published in 1939. Case: JUL
The Hand in the Glove
Theodolinda "Dol" Bonner solves a case in The Hand in the Glove. Book published in 1937. Case: SEP
1938
 
Wolfe first learns about X (Arnold Zeck).
Some Buried Caesar
Some Buried Caesar book published in 1939. Case: Mon 12 SEP - Thu 15 SEP
 
NOV Case: Crampton-Gore
Over My Dead Body
Over My Dead Body book published in 1939. Case: Mon 7 OCT - Wed 9 OCT
 
Case: Wetzler; Late 1938 - early 1939
1939
Death Times Three (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Bitter End" Story published in 1985 in book Death Times Three. Case: Tue 11 JUL - Wed 12 JUL
Where There's a Will
Where There's a Will book published in 1940. Case: Fri 14 JUL - Sun 16 JUL
Double for Death
Tecumseh Fox solves a case in Double for Death. Book published in 1941.
1940-1949
1940
Bad for Business
Tecumseh Fox solves a case in Bad for Business. Book published in 1940. Plot is similar to that of Bitter End.
1941
Black Orchids (Collection of two separate short stories)
"Black Orchids" Story published in 1942 in book Black Orchids. Case: Thu and Fri in MAR
The Broken Vase
Tecumseh Fox solves a case in The Broken Vase. Book published in 1941. Case: MAR
Black Orchids (Collection of two separate short stories)
"Cordially Invited to Meet Death" Story published in 1942 in book Black Orchids. Case: Mon 18 AUG - Wed 27 AUG
Sound of Murder
Alphabet Hicks solves a case in Sound of Murder. Book published in 1941.
1942
 
Early 1942: Archie (Major in Army intelligence) resolves a mess in Georgia.
Not Quite Dead Enough (Collection of two separate short stories)
"Not Quite Dead Enough" Story published in 1944 in book Not Quite Dead Enough. Case: Mon - Wed in early MAR
1943
 
Wed 9 JUN: Arnold Zeck first calls Wolfe.
Not Quite Dead Enough (Collection of two separate short stories)
"Booby Trap" Story published in 1944 in book Not Quite Dead Enough. Case: Mon 9 AUG - Tue 10 AUG
1944
Trouble in Triplicate (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Help Wanted, Male" Story published in 1949 in book Trouble in Triplicate. Case: Tue - Fri in MAY
1945
Trouble in Triplicate (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Instead of Evidence" Story published in 1949 in book Trouble in Triplicate. Case: Thu - Sat in OCT
Curtains for Three (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Bullet for One" Story published in 1950 in book Curtains for Three. Case: Tue in OCT
1946
 
Before MAR Case: Chesterton-Best affair; Boedikker
The Silent Speaker
The Silent Speaker book published in 1946. Case: Tue 26 MAR - Sat 6 APR
 
APR Case: Fremont; Arnold Zeck's second call to Wolfe.
Trouble in Triplicate (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Before I Die" Story published in 1949 in book Trouble in Triplicate. Case: Mon 7 OCT - Tue 8 OCT
1947
Too Many Women
Too Many Women book published in 1947. Case: Tue 18 MAR - Sat 5 APR
Three Doors to Death (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Man Alive" Story published in 1950 in book Three Doors to Death. Case: Mon 9 JUN - Tue 10 JUN
1948
And Be a Villain
And Be a Villain book published in 1948. Case: Sat 18 MAR - Sat 3 APR
Three Doors to Death (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Omit Flowers" Story published in 1950 in book Three Doors to Death. Case: Tue 6 JUL - Thu 8 JUL
Three Doors to Death (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Door to Death" Story published in 1950 in book Three Doors to Death. Case: Sun 5 DEC - Tue 7 DEC
1949
The Second Confession
The Second Confession book published in 1949. Case: Thu 16 JUN - Mon 27 JUN
Curtains for Three (Collection of three separate short stories)
"The Gun With Wings" Story published in 1950 in book Curtains for Three. Case: Sun 6 DEC - Tue 8 DEC
1950-1959
1950
Curtains for Three (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Disguise for Murder" Story published in 1950 in book Curtains for Three. Case: Mon - Wed in MAR
In the Best Families
In the Best Families book published in 1950. Case: Thu 6 APR - Fri 8 SEP; Archie (solo) finishes Poison Pen job and handles Hot Insurance case. When Wolfe returns to New York, Arnold Zeck dies
1951
 
JAN or early FEB Case: Little Mix-Up with a Gang of Hijackers
Murder by the Book
Murder by the Book book published in 1951. Case: Mon 19 FEB - Mon 12 MAR
Triple Jeopardy (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Home to Roost" Story published in 1952 in book Triple Jeopardy. Case: Tue 31 JUL - Mon 6 AUG
 
Summer Case: Pendexter
Triple Jeopardy (Collection of three separate short stories)
"The Cop-Killer" Story published in 1952 in book Triple Jeopardy. Case: Summer
Archie in the Crosshairs
Archie in the Crosshairs book published in 2015. Case: Summer
1952
Triple Jeopardy (Collection of three separate short stories)
"The Squirt and the Monkey" Story published in 1952 in book Triple Jeopardy. Case: Mon - Wed in winter
Prisoner's Base
Prisoner's Base book published in 1952. Case: Mon 24 JUN - Mon 30 JUN
Three Men Out (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Invitation to Murder" Story published in 1954 in book Three Men Out. Case: Fri in SEP
Three Men Out (Collection of three separate short stories)
"This Won't Kill You" Story published in 1954 in book Three Men Out. Case: Wed in OCT
1953
The Golden Spiders
The Golden Spiders book published in 1953. Case: Tue 19 MAY - Fri 29 MAY
Three Men Out (Collection of three separate short stories)
"The Zero Clue" Story published in 1954 in book Three Men Out. Case: Wed in latter half of 1953
1954
The Black Mountain
The Black Mountain book published in 1954. Case: Thu 11 MAR - Fri 19 MAR
Three Witnesses (Collection of three separate short stories)
"When a Man Murders" Story published in 1956 in book Three Witnesses. Case: Tue - Wed in MAY
Three Witnesses (Collection of three separate short stories)
"The Next Witness" Story published in 1956 in book Three Witnesses. Case: Summer
1955
Three Witnesses (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Die Like a Dog" Story published in 1956 in book Three Witnesses. Case: Wed - Thu in late 1954 or early 1955
Before Midnight
Before Midnight book published in 1955. Case: Tue 12 APR - Tue 19 APR
 
Summer Case: Cézanne painting recovered (Connecticut woman)
Murder in the Ball Park
Murder in the Ball Park book published in 2014. Case: Sun 26 JUN - Sat 2 JUL
Three for the Chair (Collection of three separate short stories)
"A Window for Death" Story published in 1957 in book Three for the Chair. Case: Sat 6 AUG - Thu 11 AUG
 
Autumn Case: Lamb and McCullough insurance
Three for the Chair (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Immune to Murder" Story published in 1957 in book Three for the Chair. Case: Wed in OCT
His Own Hand
Alphabet Hicks solves a case in His Own Hand. Book published in 1955. Sergeant Purley Stebbins is a supporting character.
1956
Three for the Chair (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Too Many Detectives" Story published in 1957 in book Three for the Chair. Case: Mon - Tue in early 1956
Might as Well Be Dead
Might as Well Be Dead book published in 1956. Case: Mon 9 APR - Mon 16 APR
And Four to Go (Collection of four separate short stories)
"Fourth of July Picnic" Story published in 1958 in book And Four to Go. Case: Wed 4 JUL - Thu 5 JUL
1957
And Four to Go (Collection of four separate short stories)
"Easter Parade" Story published in 1958 in book And Four to Go. Case: Tue - Mon in Spring
If Death Ever Slept
If Death Ever Slept book published in 1957. Case: Mon 20 MAY - Tue 4 JUN
And Four to Go (Collection of four separate short stories)
"Murder is No Joke" Story published in 1958 in book And Four to Go. Case: Tue - Wed
Death Times Three (Collection of three separate short stories)
Alternate version: "Frame-Up for Murder" Story published in 1985 in book Death Times Three. Case: Tue - Wed
 
OCT Case: Stolen Bottweil Tapestries
And Four to Go (Collection of four separate short stories)
"Christmas Party" Story published in 1958 in book And Four to Go. Case: Wed 20 DEC - Sat 23 DEC
1958
Homicide Trinity (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Eeny Meeny Murder Mo" Story published in 1962 in book Homicide Trinity. Case: Mon 5 JAN - Tue 6 JAN
Champagne for One
Champagne for One book published in 1958. Case: Tue - Sun in MAR
Three at Wolfe's Door (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Poison a la Carte" Story published in 1960 in book Three at Wolfe's Door. Case: Tue 1 APR - Thu 3 APR
1959
Homicide Trinity (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Counterfeit for Murder" Story published in 1962 in book Homicide Trinity. Case: Mon 26 JAN - Tue 27 JAN
Death Times Three (Collection of three separate short stories)
Alternate version: "Assault on a Brownstone" Story published in 1985 in book Death Times Three. Case: Mon 26 JAN - Tue 27 JAN
Plot It Yourself
Plot It Yourself book published in 1959. Case: Mon 18 MAY - Wed 3 JUN
1960-1969
1960
Homicide Trinity (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Death of a Demon" Story published in 1962 in book Homicide Trinity. Case: Tue - Wed in JAN
Too Many Clients
Too Many Clients book published in 1960. Case: Mon 9 MAY - Sat 14 MAY
Three at Wolfe's Door (Collection of three separate short stories)
"The Rodeo Murder" Story published in 1960 in book Three at Wolfe's Door. Case: Mon - Wed in late AUG
Three at Wolfe's Door (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Method Three for Murder" Story published in 1960 in book Three at Wolfe's Door. Case: Mon - Tue in SEP
Trio for Blunt Instruments (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Kill Now--Pay Later" Story published in 1964 in book Trio for Blunt Instruments. Case: Mon - Fri in DEC
1961
The Final Deduction
The Final Deduction book published in 1961. Case: Tue 25 APR - Mon 1 MAY
Trio for Blunt Instruments (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Murder is Corny" Story published in 1964 in book Trio for Blunt Instruments. Case: Tue 12 SEP - Fri 15 SEP
1962
Gambit
Gambit book published in 1962. Case: Mon 12 FEB - Fri 16 FEB
The Mother Hunt
The Mother Hunt book published in 1962. Case: Tue 5 JUN - Mon 23 JUL
Trio for Blunt Instruments (Collection of three separate short stories)
"Blood Will Tell" Story published in 1964 in book Trio for Blunt Instruments. Case: Tue 7 AUG - Thu 9 AUG
1963
 
No activity in this year.
1964
A Right to Die
A Right to Die book published in 1964. Case: Mon 24 FEB - Fri 13 MAR
1965
The Doorbell Rang
The Doorbell Rang book published in 1965. Case: Tue 5 JAN - Fri 15 JAN
1966
Death of a Doxy
Death of a Doxy book published in 1966. Case: Sat 29 JAN - Mon 7 FEB
1967
The Father Hunt
The Father Hunt book published in 1968. Case: Thu 17 AUG - Fri 8 SEP
1968
Death of a Dude
Death of a Dude book published in 1969. Case: Fri 2 AUG - Tue 13 AUG
1969
Please Pass the Guilt
Please Pass the Guilt book published in 1973. Case: Wed 4 JUN - Mon 30 JUN
1970-1979
1970-1973
 
No activity in these years.
1974
A Family Affair
A Family Affair book published in 1975. Case: Tue 29 OCT - Thu 7 NOV
1977
Murder in E Minor
Murder in E Minor book published in 1986. Case: NOV
Late 1970s
Stop the Presses!
Stop the Presses! book published in 2016. Case: FEB
1980-1989
1980-1985
 
No activity in these years.
1987
Death on Deadline
Death on Deadline book published in 1987. Case: Thu in early MAY
1988
The Bloodied Ivy
The Bloodied Ivy book published in 1988. Case:
1989
The Last Coincidence
The Last Coincidence book published in 1989. Case:
1990-1999
1990
Fade to Black
Fade to Black book published in 1990. Case: Super Bowl Sun in JAN
1991
 
No activity in this year.
1992
Silver Spire
Silver Spire book published in 1992. Case: Thu in MAY
1994
The Missing Chapter
The Missing Chapter book published in 1994. Case: APR
1995
 
Welcome to Death Story written by Glenn Dixon and published in 1995. Case: JAN
1996
 
No activity in this year.
1997
 
No Body Story written by Glenn Dixon and published in 1997.
1998
 
Not With a Whimper Story written by Glenn Dixon and published in 1998.
1998
 
Three Strikes: Three Glenn Dixon stories published via internet web site (Wolfe Pack).
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