big bad nero wolfe
During a long, productive career Rex Stout wrote something on the order of seventy novels about Nero Wolfe, orchid fancier, gourmet, and detective, and his sidekick and legman, wise-cracking hardboiled Archie Goodwin. His creations are (so far as I can tell) generally revered throughout the community of mystery writers, and I rather expect that most mystery fans have already encountered them as well. If you haven't, I strongly suggested making their acquaintance. The books are old, and perhaps slightly dated...but that just makes them classics.
Like most of's heroes, Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin are creatures of New York City. Wolfe seldom if ever leaves his home. From 9 to 11 AM and from 4 to 6 PM he tends to his orchids in the rooftop greenhouse. Meals are sacrosanct, arranged in advance with his cook, Fritz. At other times he may be available to take your case.
The books may be read in any order, except for three books (and possibly a fourth I've not yet read) which involve a mastermind of crime named Arnold Zeck (of all the ridiculous monickers). They are Champagne for One, The Second Confession, and In The Best Families.