Nero Wolfe, lover of fine food and prize orchids, is a genius at daring detection. But he is always on guard when it comes to women. Now, murder at a fencing studio engages him and his confidential assistant, Archie Goodwin, in a dangerous duel with death. The prime suspect is a Balkan beauty who has a secret reason for wanting Wolfe to clear her - and a double identity that may be the perfect foil for covering up a killer.
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"Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe make a combination that is hard to beat." ( The New York Times)
"What's not to like about a Nero Wolfe mystery? The mysteries are short, cleverly plotted, well paced, and, if you're an audiobook listener, wonderfully read by Michael Prichard....Prichard has read nearly 20 books in Stout's series and has mastered Wolfe's deep, meditative voice and Archie's spry, chipper voice, as well as those of a host of other characters we recognize from one recording to the next." ( AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tog on 03-08-14

Another Great One

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would, and have. This has a lot of the classic Nero Wolfe elements, including Archie acting in his element (The world outside the Brownstone), and Wolfe being very much in charge of his castle.

Normally, we see Archie go out and get information or lure someone back to the apartment. In this story we see him doing other things; things normally associated with action roles.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No, but few do.

If any of the series were to be bade into a movie, I think this would be one of the better candidates.

Which scene was your favorite?

The one where Archie is the cab with the guy who doesn't want to take Archie to a certain place. The ways Archie shuts down every attempt to get out of it is a highlight of the series for me.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cry? No. It's not a crying type of book. Every Wolfe book makes me laugh at some point.

Any additional comments?

There is one nagging question I have, and repeated listenings haven't helped. There is a government representative that turns up several times to ask questions that are clearly hints at the overall plot, but those visits are never explained in any way I've been able to find.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Chadley on 31-03-17

Rex Stout - Nero Wolfe - Timeless - Best Mysteries

I loved this book. Please get ALL the Nero Wolfe mysreries on

Audible they are all so good, a real treat for any book lover.

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