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Too Many Women: A Nero Wolfe Mystery (Nero Wolfe #12)

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A Wall Street company hires Nero Wolfe to investigate the mysterious death of one of its employees. Archie goes undercover and soon learns his new job has a delightful fringe benefit -- hundreds of gorgeous female coworkers, all seemingly eager to cooperate. When the chief suspect in the death is found dead, Archie and Nero decide to set a trap. Which one of Archie's new g ...more
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Published August 17th 2007 by AudioGO (first published 1947)
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Evgeny
A case of fatal hit-and-run with a victim being an employee of an engineering supply company seems to satisfy everybody including the police of being really a random hit-and-run. The problem is another employee of the same company who is convinced it was a murder. He is making such big noise that it began affecting the company image. Nero Wolfe takes the case to get to the bottom of this, but because he practically never leaves his home Archie Goodwin is hired as a replacement for the late guy t ...more
Becky
First sentence: It was the same old rigmarole. Sometimes I found it amusing; sometimes it only bored me; sometimes it gave me a pronounced pain, especially when I had had more of Wolfe than was good for either of us.

With Rex Stout, it's merely a matter of determining if I liked a book or loved a book. There was never a question of if I would like it at all. For I've never read a Nero Wolfe mystery that I didn't at least like. There's just something enjoyable and wonderful about the detective te
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Alison C
Too Many Women, a Nero Wolfe novel by Rex Stout, was published in 1947; when I started the project of reading the entire series, I was unable to find it. As a result, I've just read it out of chronological order in that as of this writing, I'm up to books in the series published in 1958. However, since neither Wolfe nor Archie, nor any of the other characters for that matter, ever changes or grows in the series, this is not really a problem. Archie is asked to take an office job at a large corpo ...more
Andrea
This, while rather slow-paced since the action doesn't really pick up till halfway through the novel when Archie and Wolfe stop working against each other, is an example of the kind of time-travel which can be achieved reading books written/set in the past. References to cinema as the "flat-face opera", to the number of people who not only don't lock their cars, but actually leave their keys in them, and most particularly the sheer dissonance of two men walking into a room full of secretaries an ...more
Hobart
Like The Silent Speaker, this one gets re-read more than others in my collection, and is still fun to read every time.

The president of the large engineering supply corporation, Naylor-Kerr, comes to Wolfe with an interesting problem. During a recent survey of departments about employee turn-over, an employee of the company is listed as "murdered." Which is a pretty good reason to no longer come to work, but the idea that one of their employees has been murdered (particularly when the police thi
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Colleen
I have to say that this is my least favorite book in the Nero Wolfe series. In this novel, Rex Stout breaks precedence and has Archie carry most of the plot and story line. Archie takes a job in a company, undercover, to learn if a murder was actually committed or not.

The few times Rex Stout changed the main structure of the story, it hasn't worked well. You really don't hear a lot from Nero except when Archie checks in.

Also, I don't know what Rex Stout was thinking in this book...he has women t
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I first read this, or tried to, in book form several years back and for some reason found it confusing. Listening to it as an audiobook helped somewhat, but I guess it will never be my favourite Wolfe mystery. I just finished it yesterday and am having trouble remembering why the stiff was stiffed...
Archie is off to work in an office to find out who killed someone...and why...by listening to water-cooler scuttlebutt and chatting up the many stenographers and typists in an engineering supply firm
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Jeffrey
I came across an old, dog-eared paperback of this novel, complete with brown pages, at a thrift store recently, and snapped it up for fifty cents.

I hadn't been to Nero Wolfe's home on West Thirty-fifth Street in New York City, in a number of years, and I was looking forward to paying him and his assistant, Archie Goodwin, a visit once again.

Originally published in 1947, this is a classic example of Rex Stout's craftsmanship, and a wonderful look at the New York of the postwar years.

The title ref
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Matthew Bieniek
We've been watching the A&E Nero Wolfe series on DVD lately, so I thought I'd pull one of the books from my to-read pile. This made it difficult to read Too Many Women without imagining Timothy Hutton and Maury Chaykin as Archie and Nero respectively. Even though I had those actors reading the characters words in my head, the writing is all Rex Stout, and I enjoyed it a lot. There's an interesting section in the middle where the investigation is at a bit of a standstill, where nothing is rea ...more
Christopher Rush
While this has some very funny moments, especially among Archie, Wolf, and Cramer, this particular book may actually suffer from something many fans may disbelieve: too much Archie. Archie explains halfway or so into the story this murder investigation had the longest dry spell of any clue-gathering investigation ... we believe it. The drawback of some of the early Wolfe stories is their length, something we can forgive Mr. Stout for rather easily considering it does take time to refine and hone ...more
Adam Graham

In Too Many Women, Wolfe is brought on a personnel matter. The Naylor-Kerr company studying employee retention asked supervisors to fill out a card for each departed employee. One manager sets off a sensation when he lists the reason for one employee's departure as "murdered." Officially, the police had said the case was a hit and run. Wolfe and Archie are hired to quiet the rumors one way or another.

The client's idea was to have Wolfe come and work undercover at the firm. Wolfe rejects this abs
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Ellen
Not too Many Women for Archie!, August 12, 2012
By Ellen Rappaport (Florida)
This review is from: Too Many Women (Paperback)
Too Many Women was made to order for Archie. In this book Archie is up to his eyes in women...and that's just the way he likes it. Nero could care less about the women it's this case. Has there been a murder or was this just an accident?

I loved returning to the brownstone with Nero, Archie, Fritz with visits from Cramer. The usual disagreements with Archie's humor thrown
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Laura
A man gets run over and Wolfe is hired to find out what happened. Of course this means Archie goes undercover again, at a Wall Street office where five hundred women work--we only meet about five that are important to the plot. Archie being Archie, this means that he's hitting on pretty much all of these dames, and his character comes off more unpleasant than usual as he juggles dinner-dates and flirting between several girls at once. It's one thing having Archie flit from girl to girl in the en ...more
Julie
At the time of this case a distinct coolness has come between Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. As a result, Wolfe takes the opportunity to send Archie out to do his detecting on somebody else's payroll. A clever killer almost gets away with his deeds, but Wolfe, as always, is more clever still.
Ted
I finished this over the weekend and forgot to update. Yet another fine one from Stout, though nothing really stands out about it. I read this for the period as much as the mystery. Oh to be fine, young Archie, juggling dates so that everyone can arrive at dinner and get a big surprise.
Nancy
This is one of Rex Stout's earlier Nero Wolfe mysteries and a recommended early read for someone interested in the dozens of Nero Wolfe novels. I love them all for the snarky repartee between Archie Goodwin and Wolfe.

This novel was written in the 40's (Stout continued to write these very successful books into the 70's, I think)and does a good job of introducing the characters and their place in the series. (Some of the later books assume the reader is familiar with the characters and might be le
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Cindy
I found this a bit dull. maybe because nero Wolfe is not the main character. Also, I didnt really like the man's voice who did the reading. That may have impaired by insight.
Lisa Kucharski
Oh, what a conundrum! Archie confronted with getting to the bottom of a question what he murdered or was he just killed (by accident?) The problem was that he had (just had to) wade through a bevy of beauties to do it. The poor poor man, well he waded and survived. Wolfe connived and connived and played a few dirty hands and won!

What a fun story to read, laugh out loud moments throughout the entire story! The crime well, no one was crying over the victims (at least not much) but the chase was th
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Benjamin
Very much an artifact of its time, I think; sort of reminds the more current reader of an episode of Mad Men. I didn't like this one that much; what makes these books great is the interaction between Wolfe and Archie, and there isn't much of that in this book. Archie Goodwin makes for one of the more interesting characters in popular literature, but only as he relates to his boss; in that sense there's a vague Jeeves-Wooster dynamic and I think neither would do a very good job carrying a book wi ...more
Carol
Archie surrounded by beautiful women in an office with a murderer on the loose.
Ed
#12 in the Nero Wolfe series. Too Many Women doesn't require more than one for confirmed misogynist Wolfe. He leaves dealing with the "fairer sex" up to assistant Archie Goodwin as much as is possible.

Nero Wolfe series - A malcontent at the Naylor-Kerr corporation charges that one of its employees, thought to have been killed in a hit-and-run accident, was actually murdered. The president of the company hires Archie to look into the matter in the guise of a personnel consultant working in Naylor
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Jane
Archie gets all the best lines.
Heidi
I'm giving this only 4 stars instead of my usual 5 for Nero Wolfe books, because it's my least favourite so far (I'm reading them in order). There didn't seem to be enough of the usual Archie-and-Wolfe banter, and Wolfe wasn't in it much at all. Even the mystery was rather blah. The women of the title were all extremely annoying, and in fact I wished Archie had punched one of them (Rosa Bendini) in the mouth instead of kissing her. Were women really that sickening, pathetic and stupid in 1947?
Mmyoung
Strange book that feels very unStoutian. Wolfe barely works (most of his "work" is done on the phone with Archie off the line and unaware of what is going on) and Archie spends most of his time out of the office. Archie drinks far more than in earlier books, he fights far more than in earlier books and he spends an enormous amount of his time with women who all fall over him. Archie reads like a GaryStu and the books feels as is someone other than Stout wrote it.
Nan Silvernail
When a survey is sent around to managers in an engineering firm concerning reasons for increased worker turn-over and one comes back stating that the former employee was murdered and the manager who reported it sticks to his guns, that's when you call in Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.

(Gah! I'm way behind in reporting books read. I've been on a kind of summer vacation from here. But I'm still reading! Maybe I'll come back and add to the reviews later.)
earthy
Archie is on form and in his element in a typing pool full of pretty women. Wolfe isn't as impressive as he is in other stories, and the plot isn't as satisfying, but Archie's snark and some character insight for Saul make up for that. Not one of the strongest Wolfe books, but certainly worth a read. Possibly the only one of the series to give us very specific biographical info on Archie (how did Mrs. Pine find all that out, anyway?).
AM
Archie Goodwin is an awesome character. Wolfe may be the center of attention by sheer mass and yellow shirts, but it is Archie's voice that tells the stories. And his charm, humor and bit of swagger come through on every page. After seeing the A&E series, Timothy Hutton's voice is there too. This was a particularly fun book, because Archie spent most of the book swimming with the sharks in the Typing Pool.
Sharon Eudy Neufeld
There may be too many women for Nero Wolfe, but there are never enough for Archie Goodwin. Archie, as much an appreciator of female flesh as Wolfe is of food, has more than enough to choose from in this novel. Even given his avowed preference for the age group from 20-30 and aversion to pug noses. And sifting through all those women takes time! So enjoy as Archie dives into the steno pool in "Too Many Women".
Mike Calhoon
NW Archie goes undercover at a Secretarial Pool
Gregory Drake
This is the absolute best Nero Wolfe novel by Rex Stout that I have read, to date!!! Kept me guessing all the way to the end, what with my thinking that it was this person, at 1st; then I thot it was that person; then the ending caught me a bit by surprise. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this one!! Packed with its special humor throughout, as seen through Archie's eyes and his words, as always!!
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Rex Todhunter Stout (December 1, 1886 – October 27, 1975) was an American crime writer, best known as the creator of the larger-than-life fictional detective Nero Wolfe, described by reviewer Will Cuppy as "that Falstaff of detectives." Wolfe's assistant Archie Goodwin recorded the cases of the detective genius from 1934 (Fer-de-Lance) to 1975 (A Family Affair).

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