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Rex Stout's first Nero Wolfe novella.
Speaking of whodunnits, I have gobbled up detective series novels from Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, Dorothy L. Sayers's Lord Peter Wimsey and Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe onward. I had a collection of paperback editions of all three aforementioned and gave them away, complete with bookcases, to a young woman I thought would appreciate them. Apparently she didn't, but I consider it her loss, not mine.
Yes, Lynette, I am a lowbrow. I've even read all the Cat Who books. However, for my own good and for the health of my English grammar, I re-read two books on your list every two years or so. They are, of course, Jane Eyre, and Pride and Prejudice.
Other favorite books? To Kill a Mockingbird, for one. Winnie the Pooh for another, the original A.A. Milne, no Disney for me. I love to re-read Out of Africa by Karen Blixen aka Isaac Dinesen. A little book called archy and mehitabel, by Don Marquis, is another long-time favorite, as is almost anything by Damon Runyon, or anything about my main man, Muhammad Ali, whom I've loved since he was Cassius Clay, and who might have made me rich if I'd ever dared bet more than five dollars.
Literary influences? First on my list would have to be Rudyard Kipling, who captivated my imagination with his poetry when I was very, very young, and with his tremendous variety and output when I was older. My favorite Kipling book is The Man who Would be King, which was made into a wonderful movie starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine.
Other influences are other balladeers, and of course those wonderfully literate women, Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility make me laugh every time I read them.
An author younger than I am who can also make me laugh out loud is Alexander McCall Smith.
I also loved the books of the late Tony Hillerman. Some of your photos of the western US make me think of him, Lynette.
There are more, I know, but I can't think of any right now, so this would be a good place to stop.
Thanks, Lynette, for asking.