Rex Stout: Three Witnesses.
One doesn't read Rex Stout for the dramatic detection or unusual cases. One reads him for the unforgettable characters of two original detectives. One is Nero Wolfe, foreign born, a great deductive mind, who hates to be away from his house in New York of the early 20th century, where his meals are served by his cook at the same hour day by day, and from his beloved orchids, which he is growing in his own orangerie in the very same house. His factotum and contact with the world is Archie Goodwin, young and flirtatious, who is sometimes laughing at Wolfe's rigidity, but deeply respects his wisdom. In a sense, Archie is Wolfe's disciple, learning not only how to follow and link the clues, but also how to behave with clients and the police force.
In this book there are three short detective stories, solved mostly by Wolfe while he stays in his comfortable house and thinks about clues, provided for him by Archie, newspapers, and sometimes Inspector Cramer, of whom, however, Wolfe is usually ahead.
I would sincerely recommend this book, and others dealing with Nero Wolfe to each and every reader who is interested in human characters.