I read books for entertainment and am not one well versed in criticism. I got hooked on Wolfe years ago while travelling a lot. I would haunt used book stores searching for volumes I did not have. What a thrill when I found another one. I even bought his cook book. The griddle cakes were magnificent.
I missed the series on A&E, not having cable, and felt that similar thrill when I saw the series DVDs on Amazon. I bought the 1st year. I set the stage: dim lights, popcorn (with buck-wheat honey & butter to taste), my feet up and my sweetheart in Tennessee. I pushed play, and was thrilled with what I saw. The casting was right on. Wolfe, of course, had to be right or the whole effect would have been lost. He was. Archie is a little thin, at least according to my imagination, but the whole experience of the first episode left me completely satisfied. Were some of the mannerisms not quite right? Not that I could see, nor would I care. It was great entertainment.
I'm buying year two.