The next episode of XaW Files: Beyond Humanity continues on the Nero Wolfe mystery trail as part of the journey through Montenegro. It includes a lot of letter wordplay, with this book’s biggest claim to uniqueness and originality the protagonist’s self-analysis through its letters, ending up at one point stripped down to its capital Y… which is in the middle of its name of course. The trilogy’s originality is that it’s the first to travel quest by web maps.
Coincidence or Conspiracy Central Theme
The central theme of this X-Files parody comedy travel quest art POP book is the relationship between conspiracy and coincidence, and in this episode there’s a very relevant example found, remembering the importance of letters to the greenYgrey. I don’t want to give too much away, and hopefully the episode also ends up fulfilling my ambition to create classic comedy.
That follows the conspiracy/coincidence found in the last episode, when Skinner characters linked X-Files and Nero Wolfe in the latter’s birthplace of Montenegro. There’s more greenYgrey coincidence in the first image suggested when searching ‘Nero Wolfe books’, and even more in the episode…
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‘I’m sorry for the mistaken identity,’ said Skinner, ‘but you are made of three colours, and one of them is yellow. Nero Wolfe books were often published by the three, and ol’ Nero was particularly fond of yellow.’
‘That’s no problem,’ I replied, ‘although I must admit you built my hopes up of being a famous hero wolf!’
The Lovcen Vukcic Case
‘May I be so bold as to ask what brings you to Montenegro in search of Nero Wolfe,’ I continued.
‘You may,’ said Skinner, ‘and I am happy to tell you, for it is a truly intriguing mystery; even more mysterious than an average Nero Wolfe case; nearly reaching the heady heights of a truly unexplainable X Files episode.’
‘Sounds like a wolfeyfilesy,’ offered Love.
‘Yes, exactly Love,’ said Skinner, impressing me with his diplomacy and memory for names. ‘To be as precisely blunt as a triple-headed sledgehammer, I am trying to track down Wolfe’s mythical birthplace of Lovcen, and also the origins of his fabled friend Marko Vukcic.’
‘Lovcen,’ Love shouted, before calming itself and continuing, ‘sorry, it’s just that the name seems to ring a bell. I think I may be able to lead you there.’
‘That’s great Love,’ I replied, ‘it looks like you’ve got yourself a team of investigators Skinner.’
C-ing Clearly: Letters Self-Proclaimed Genius Reminder
‘It’s a shame we don’t have much time in Montenegro,’ I said in the morning, ‘as there looks a lot to see. Talking of see, in a homophone way, it’s a shame we don’t have a C, because I have heard it whispered on the Biogradska grapevine that there’s a way to C straight from here to Podgorica.’
‘That reminds me of Ellery Queen’s Great O-E Theory,’ said Skinner, ‘that Sherlock Holmes and Nero Wolfe’s vowels follow the same pattern of e-o-o-e, so they could be related.’
‘That’s interesting to me,’ I replied, ‘as sometimes I think my name is all I have. I have often self-analysed myself, and thought about how my three Es are my only vowels. I would like some other vowels, but wouldn’t like to give up any of my Es, and I do now have a vole friend of course.’
‘Yes,’ said Skinner, ‘I have often thought myself that a vole is the next best thing to a vowel.’
Nero Wolfe collection published in 1964: Trio for Blunt Instruments (contains “Kill Now—Pay Later“, “Murder Is Corny” and “Blood Will Tell“).
Available to buy or borrow on Amazon and some great big bookshops.