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And Be a Villain
This is the first of three Nero Wolfe books that involve crime syndicate leader Arnold Zeck and his widespread operations. Zeck – Wolfe's Moriarty – telephones Wolfe to warn him off an investigation that Zeck believes will interfere with his crime syndicate. Each time, Wolfe refuses to cooperate, and anticipates that there will be consequences. In this book, the publisher of a horse racing magazine dies of cyanide poisoning while appearing on a p...
Champagne for One
When Archie is asked, as a special favor, to stand in for a friend at a dinner party for unwed mothers, murder naturally follows. Nero Wolfe would of course prefer not to be involved, but the obvious suspect wants to hire the duo to find the killer before the police find him. If you're interested in mysteries at all, you have to read at least a few Nero Wolfe novels; Stout inspired so much of what came after him....
Death of a Doxy
Supersleuth Nero Wolfe and his assistant Archie Goodwin are called into action by one of their own when their associate Orrie Cather is accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend, a dancer with a mysterious Sugar Daddy. Private investigator Archie Goodwin, assistant to the legendary (and corpulent) Nero Wolfe, is asked a peculiar favor by his associate Orrie Cather. Orrie has been seeing an dancer named Isabel Kerr, but now wishes to get married to an arline...
Fer-de-Lance
Wolfe manages to tie together the deaths of a college president and an Italian immigrant and performs one of his prodigious feats of questioning, one that is mentioned in many of the books in the series. There's a lot of snakes in Fer-de-Lance, including the fer-de-lance that gets delivered to Wolfe's door. This is the first Stout book, and so it's a little uneven in places, but still well worth reading for mystery fans....

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Some Buried Caesar
This novel is another chapter in the Nero Wolfe series. Wolfe and Goodwin are on their way to an Orchid contest. On the way,they blow out a tire and crash into a tree. They are uninjured and cross a field to look for some help with their car. As they cross the field,they are charged by a bull. They escape unscathed. Wolfe and Archie get a lift to the house, where lives Thomas Pratt, the owner of a large chain of fast-food restaurants. Prat...
The Doorbell Rang
Another of Rex Stout's mystery series featuring Nero Wolfe is narrated in the first person by Archie Goodwin. As Mr. Wolfe is famous for "never leaving the house on business" Archie does all the detecting parts while Wolfe does the thinking. Though Archie appears on every page, he is not the main character. Mr. Wolfe is always the main character in his books by dominance of personality. This one begins when a properly vetted rich woman is able t...
The Golden Spiders
The Golden Spiders is a Nero Wolfe mystery. Wolfe is an eccentric genius. He is very fat and rarely ventures forth from his home to physically investigate. He has a select group of detectives in his employ that gather facts and evidence for him to analyze. His main assistant is Archie Goodwin. Archie is a hard boiled detective. He is the leg man and provides many humorous moments throughout the series. In this story, a little boy comes in a...
The League of Frightened Men
Nero Wolfe, a genius private investigator, is approached by a group of men (The League of Atonement) who complain of being persecuted by the writer Paul Chapin. During a hazing incident at Harvard years ago, Chapin was crippled, and the group has been supporting him financially ever since and putting up with his scorn and contempt. But a couple of members of the group have died mysteriously, and Chapin seems to be sending anonymous notes taking responsib...
Too Many Cooks
This novel is another entry in the Nero Wolfe detective series. As the story opens, Nero Wolfe is on his way to a Master Chefs event. The event, known as Les Quinze Maîtres (Fifteen Master Chefs), is an event that Wolfe wants to attend in hopes of obtaining a recipe for a complex dish. One of the master chefs is murdered. Wolfe agrees to investigate for several reasons. First, as a tribute to his friends. Second, to get the secret recipe to ...


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