I read this book about 2010-06-28. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1938. This note was last modified Sunday, 09-Jun-2013 13:59:29 PDT.
This note contains spoilers for the book.
In addition to the notes from last time, in this one Stout has Archie discover a chicken fricasee made by a woman at the Methodist Women's tent that's worth ordering a second portion of. Of course, we do also have to hear that the woman is such an unpleasant person that her husband has left her repeatedly, even though she cooks so superbly.
Wolfe quite deliberately fakes evidence, and depends on Lily Rowan to support it, because he can't get the real evidence. He's got the right guy, but he can't prove it due to various evidence being destroyed without record (standards of forensic investigation weren't so high then!). But then he may have been counting on the murderer to commit suicide at that point, as he did, so the risks of Lily being cross-examined in court maybe get ignored.