A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
8/18/1941 Cordially Invited To Meet Death
August 18, 1941. On this date Bess Huddleston, professional party organizer, came to Nero Wolfe, asking him to investigate letters her clients had received accusing her of misbehavior. Although she had previously irritated him by asking him to play detective at a "murder party" he agrees to look into the matter. Soon a particularly horrible death is also invited...
As World War II began Rex Stout spent more of his time on war-related activities and less time on writing, and that meant switching to short fiction. This was his second novella (after "Black Orchids.") It was published in American Magazine in April 1942, as "Invitation to Murder," but in the book Black Orchids, it is "Cordially Invited to Meet Death."