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Books by Rex Stout
The President Vanishes (1982)
3.34 of 5 Votes: 1
Red Threads (1995)
3.8 of 5 Votes: 4
Red Threads is often presented as an Inspector Cramer mystery: A case where Inspector Cramer is the star and solves the case without any aide from Nero Wolfe. It’s understandable to do that, but lets be clear Inspector Cramer is not the star of this book.Millionaire Val Carew is founded murdered ...
The Golden Spiders (1995)
4.04 of 5 Votes: 2
The Golden Spiders finds Wolfe and Archie in ill-temper. Archie decides to admit a neighborhood boy who comes to Wolfe because of Wolfe’s antipathy to police and the fact that he saw a woman in a car apparently in trouble. Wolfe handles the boy well and agrees to help by tracing the plate of the ...
Murder by the Book (1995)
4.04 of 5 Votes: 2
Death Times Three (1985)
4 of 5 Votes: 2
I would not call this anthology shameless cash grab after Rex Stout's death; cash grab - yes, shameless - no. I will try to explain below. The anthology consists of three novellas: Bitter end.Wolfe's personal cook extraordinaire Fritz was sick, so the detective had to cook for himself with really...
The Doorbell Rang (1992)
4.19 of 5 Votes: 3
Rex Stout. Un tiempo para los actores secundariosLo cierto es que nunca había leído nada de Rex Stout. Y también: Nero Wolfe era uno de esos nombres que nos suenan, que creemos haber escuchado alguna vez, y cuyas portadas un poco pop habíamos visto alguna vez en los puestos de libros de ocasión. ...
The Rex Stout Reader: Her Forbidden Knight and A Prize for Princes (2007)
3.55 of 5 Votes: 3
The Rubber Band (1995)
4 of 5 Votes: 2
Nero Wolfe's former client, Mr. Anthony D. Perry, President of Seaboard Products Corporation shows up with a problem. Miss Clara Fox, an employee and possibly more to Mr. Perry, is accused of stealing $30,000 from the company. Later that same day, Clara Fox herself shows up and wants to hire Wolf...
Too Many Cooks (1995)
4.1 of 5 Votes: 3
Nero goes to West Virginia for a gourmet dinner. If you can swallow that one impossible premise, and some overt racist language and stereotypes, then this book is enjoyable and a certain classic of the Wolfe series. It is hard to discuss this book without addressing how remarkably different the w...
Please Pass the Guilt (1973)
3.95 of 5 Votes: 2
Reading Please Pass the Guilt right after The Silent Speaker provided quite an interesting contrast. Both cases involve Archie and Wolfe drumming up business, but the times have changed in 25 years.In the first place, technoligically things are quite different. In, The Silent Speaker, recording c...
Not Quite Dead Enough (1992)
3.98 of 5 Votes: 3
Another two-in-one book, like Black Orchids before it. This time, the unifying thread is not Wolfe's rare flora, but his work for the United States Army during World War II. In 'Not Quite Dead Enough', Archie, now a major and working in domestic counter-intelligence, is sent to recruit Wolfe's he...
The Hand in the Glove (1983)
3.72 of 5 Votes: 3
Hand in the Glove features Dol Bonner, a young woman who has started her detective agency with the financial help of wealthy heiress Sylvia Raffray, who is on the cusp of taking over her family fortune. Her Guardian, P.L. Storrs, objects to Sylvia's involvement in the detective business as it's c...
Prisoner's Base (1992)
4.12 of 5 Votes: 3
Under normal circumstances, a woman showing up on Wolfe's door looking for a place to stay would be unceremoniously bounced. But if the woman shows up when Wolfe and Archie are in the middle of a standoff, she may end up being escorted inside so Archie can use her to antagonize his employer. The ...
Might as Well Be Dead (1980)
4.02 of 5 Votes: 2
In Might as Well Be Dead, Wolfe is hired by a Nebraska businessman to find his son, Paul Herald. The older Herald had exiled his son eleven years earlier on the belief his son had stolen $11,000 from the business but had since learned that someone else committed the theft. He turns to Wolfe as a...
And Be a Villain (1994)
4.12 of 5 Votes: 5
Nero Wolfe needs a case and fortunately a murder occurs right on the radio for Wolfe to solve. One of the guests on the Madeline Fraser radio program has been poisoned. At first it looks like the murderer may have killed the wrong person but Wolfe isn't so sure. So he offers the host, the station...
Bad for Business (1995)
3.98 of 5 Votes: 5
I am a total fan of the Nero Wolfe series and have read most of them. Tecumseh Fox is not Nero nor is he Archie Goodwin, but that is not to say he is bad. I looking forward to reading the other two stories in the future as they become available on Nook. I found it interesting how he works out ...
The Sound of Murder (1983)
3.73 of 5 Votes: 3
One of Stout's strengths is certainly his engaging first-person narration. That's part of why Archie Goodwin is such a wonderful character. Sadly, this book has neither Archie or first-person. "Alphabet" Hicks is a rather flat character with some artificial quirkiness (such as business cards w...
Three Doors to Death (1995)
4.06 of 5 Votes: 2
What is better than finding an unread title of a Nero Wolfe volume by Rex Stout? It's finding three, all consolidated into one volume entitled Three Doors To Death. The three novellas were published in magazines in the late '40's, but Stout's writing ability and clever plotting is as fresh as eve...
The Silent Speaker (1994)
4.05 of 5 Votes: 1
Fer-de-Lance (2010)
4.01 of 5 Votes: 1
I was excited about reading Nero Wolfe. Not only is he a classic detective, but a favorite writer, Philip Jose Farmer, admired Wolfe enough to include him in the Wold Newton family. Unfortunately, Fer-de-Lance was a disappointment, likely my first and last foray into the series. Not because o...
The Black Mountain (2011)
4.05 of 5 Votes: 3
Marko Vukcic is dead. Nero Wolfe is extremely displeased by the murder of his oldest and dearest friend, and is even more displeased when, after weeks of effort, he is unable to locate or identify the murderer. Marko, it seems, was involved in international intrigue in their native Montenegro, an...
And Four to Go (1992)
4.08 of 5 Votes: 3
Champagne for One (1995)
4.01 of 5 Votes: 3
Curtains for Three (1995)
4.02 of 5 Votes: 5
Curtains for Three was published in 1951 and featured three Nero Wolve novellas published from 1948-50. As usual, we’ll review the individual story and then include an overall rating for the book:"The Gun with Wings": The title sounds similar to a Father Brown story (”The Dagger with Wings”) but ...
Death of a Doxy (1990)
4.08 of 5 Votes: 1
Handsome Playboy Orrie Cather, one of Nero Wolfe's operatives, usually has women falling at his feet. But they usually don't fall all the way to dead. Has he set up Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's right-hand man to be the one to find her that way in her rosy bower, a love nest maintained by another man, ...
Death of a Dude (1995)
3.92 of 5 Votes: 3
The Final Deduction (1995)
4.06 of 5 Votes: 5
Homicide Trinity (1993)
4.14 of 5 Votes: 2
"Eeny Meeny Murder Mo"Bertha Aaron, the secretary to the Senior partner in a lawfirm comes to Wolfe's office because she suspects one of the other partners of colluding with an opposing client against the interests of the firm. Because the opposing client is involved in a divorce case, Archie kno...
In the Best Families (1995)
4.18 of 5 Votes: 2
The League of Frightened Men (1995)
4.07 of 5 Votes: 3
A hazing prank on a Harvard freshman sends a brilliant young man, Paul Chapin out on a high window ledge. His fall shatters his body but not his mind. It sobers the hazers and they vow to make it up to the cripple by atoning for it the rest of their lives. But pity can curdle and nurture resentme...
The Mother Hunt (1993)
4.08 of 5 Votes: 3
Plot it Yourself (1977)
4.09 of 5 Votes: 1
The Red Box (1983)
3.98 of 5 Votes: 2
The Red Box was the fourth of the Nero Wolfe novels and begins somewhat abruptly in the middle of the initial interview with Wolfe’s client. With a desperate need for a client, Archie connives with a potential client to get Wolfe to leave his house to travel down to a fashion firm several blocks ...
The Second Confession (1995)
4.05 of 5 Votes: 3
Three Men Out (1991)
4.01 of 5 Votes: 1
The anthology consists of three novellas. Invitation to Murder.A man who is entirely dependent on his uncle to provide for his living (at least he is honest about it) was worried that one of the three young women working for his wealthy relative his matrimonial plans for the latter which would pu...
Three Witnesses (1994)
4.14 of 5 Votes: 4
Three Nero Wolfe Mysteries1) The Next Witness - Confound it! Nero Wolfe is stuck sitting in court, waiting to be a witness for the prosecution along with Archie Goodwin. But it wasn't the perfumed woman he had to sit next to that made him get up and leave, even with the threat of being in contemp...
Too Many Clients (1955)
4.11 of 5 Votes: 2
In Rex Stout's novel, Too Many Clients, a man approaches Archie, introduces himself as the vice president of a large company and asks Archie to follow him to a certain address at a certain time that night, in order to determine whether or not he, the vice president, is being followed by someone e...
Trio for Blunt Instruments (1997)
4.05 of 5 Votes: 1
An Officer and a Lady and Other Stories (2000)
3.63 of 5 Votes: 2
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