Summary

Two years after Wolfe’s retirement, his past returns with deadly intent
It wasn’t Nero Wolfe’s idea for Orrie Cather to kill himself, but the great detective gave his blessing to his longtime associate’s plan. Cather had killed three people, and it was only fair to pay the price. Though Wolfe reacted to Cather’s death with his characteristic calmness, prize assistant Archie Goodwin could see the rotund genius of West 35th Street was shaken to his well-fed core. Wolfe decided his sleuthing days were finished. The detective’s retirement lasts until the day Maria Radovich walks through his townhouse door.
She is the daughter of Milos Stefanovic, New York Symphony conductor and long-ago compatriot of Wolfe’s. Like Wolfe, Stefanovic spent his youth as a freedom fighter in the mountains of Montenegro. The conductor has been receiving death threats, and Wolfe agrees to come out of retirement to help his old friend. But before he can attack the case, Stefanovic is murdered, and for the first time in years, Wolfe and Goodwin must go to war.
©1987 Robert Goldsborough (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Hepwood Flutey on 13-02-16

Nero Wolfe rides again!

What did you like most about Murder in E Minor?

When I realised that this WASN'T by Rex Stout, the creator of Nero Wolfe, I nearly had a fit. However, this was excellent, and I really don't think I would have realised just by listening that it was by another author. So many of the familiar characters, descriptions of the Brownstone that were spot on - it was great, and anything that brings us more of Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe is only to be welcomed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Most red-blooded women will fall for Archie, but in an odd way I reckon we all adore Nero Wolfe too. Can't say which is my favourite, they are a double-package.

Have you listened to any of L. J. Ganser’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, I haven't, but this was super. Nearly as good as Timothy Hutton, honest!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had 6 hours or so I would have happily listened to it all at once, but as it was, I looked forward to times when I could hear it.

Any additional comments?

If you love the Rex Stout books, do give this a go. I would say that the plot was not as clever as some of the 'originals', but it was a real treat. I will be buying more of Mr Goldsborough's books!

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5 out of 5 stars
By S Wood on 25-11-17

In the spirit of the original.<br />

Loved the book. Very much in the spirit of tge original. A worthy addition to this latest genre of revisiting classic detectives and adding to their case-book. It would encourage you to visit the original stories.

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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 22-01-15

OK, but nothing special

Would you consider the audio edition of Murder in E Minor to be better than the print version?

No, not at all. Archie and Wolfe sound a certain way to me thanks to the narration of Michael Pritchard and the Nero Wolfe series on A&E. While L.J. Ganser does an adequate job of reading the story, I'm afraid I've been spoiled by Pritchard's Wolfe characterization.

What did you like best about this story?

Only that it is a new Wolfe story.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He could have studied Michael Pritchard's performance of Nero Wolfe.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not particularly.

Any additional comments?

This is a good first effort in bringing Wolfe back to print. In my opinion however, the narration leaves much to be desired.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Cathy on 12-01-14

Not Rex Stout, but a close approximation

Although this Nero Wolfe adventure was not written by Rex Stout, Robert Goldsborough did a good job of capturing the full flavor of Stout's hero. Our only complaint was that the narrator was not Michael Prichard, who had narrated all of the original Nero Wolfe stories so beautifully.

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