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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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Nov 17, 2014 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bill  Kerwin
Jan 08, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

An internal report sent to the C.E.O. of the engineering firm Naylor-Kerr suggests that the hit-and-run death of one of their employers may have been a murder instead. Archie goes undercover as an independent consultant to the "stock" department...which employs 500 lovely and charming women. Is this really a case of murder? If so, can Archie and Wolfe root out the culprit? And there is one perhaps more important question: surrounded by "too many women," will Archie keep his mind on his work?

Apr 27, 2012 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Richard Ward
Jan 08, 2016 Richard Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Nero Wolfe and Archie.
Archie goes undercover to uncover a killer who likes to smash his victims' heads flat. So a little more gruesome than your average golden age detective story, I guess. It's Too Many Women because Archie finds himself in a large Manhattan office filled with female stenographers and the like. Archie is the star this time more than Nero Wolfe, which is fine since Archie was always a huge part, to say the lease, of the series' success. I thought the dénouement was lacking compared to what I normally ...more
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
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
Aug 02, 2010 Hobart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
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
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 listening to water-cooler scuttlebutt and chatting up the many stenographers and typists in an engineering supply firm
Jul 29, 2011 Colleen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rex-stout
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
Nov 15, 2014 Jeffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 28, 2015 astaliegurec rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ho-hum. Yet another excellent Nero Wolfe book by Rex Stout ("Too Many Women," the 12th in the series, first published in 1947). This one's particularly lively since Archie is basically rolling in clover throughout it. The usual excellence in writing. The one thing that bothers me a bit is Stout's continuing caricaturization of Inspector Cramer. In the earlier works, Cramer was very competent and occasionally got a bit miffed with Wolfe. In this one, Cramer's still competent, but he's in permanen ...more
Matthew Bieniek
Jun 27, 2015 Matthew Bieniek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rubén Lorenzo
It's a good mistery book, as are all I've read from this series, but it lacks some elements that make Nero Wolfe's cases great. In fact, we have little input from Nero, it's his partner Archie who makes all the investigation, leaving us without the brilliant acid conversations of the duo. There are some, but not many.
The mistery is interesting and logical, but it takes some time to really develop, it doesn't get interesting soon and it is nothing out of the ordinary. It doesn't grab you instantl
Michael Brown
Archie and Wolfe are approached to solve a minor problem in a major world wide corporation about gossip. It turns into a case where Archie is planted in a department full of women who gossip, hate each other and lust after various people. The cause of the gossip was killed months before. Someone claims it was murder. Then that person is murdered. Then the women start toile. Then the company president and his wife start to interfere. Another slightly boring tale as the action stretches for weeks ...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
Rena Sherwood
I was really sorry when this ended, I was enjoying it so much. Often the twists and turns of a Wolfe/Goodwin investigation can get quite tedious, but this time the twists and turns were more entertaining than finding out "whodunnit." This one contains some of Goodwin's best zingers. My only complaint is that the ending happened so suddenly that not everything was explained to my satisfaction. Otherwise, this is one of the best Nero Wolfe's I've read so far.
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
Sep 21, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 24, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
May 01, 2014 Ted rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 13, 2015 Pat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nero Wolfe and Cramer are stumped and everyone is lying. Archie becomes a working man in the company involved and loves his snoop job among hundreds of women. Too many women -as characters!
Jan 23, 2016 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Archie's charm gets to shine in this Nero Wolfe mystery. He dazzles three women, or they dazzle him. Another of Stout's outstanding novels.
Oct 11, 2008 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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
Steven Freeman
Feb 02, 2016 Steven Freeman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Excellent. Archie has his work cut out for him in an office full of suspects - mostly women. But in the end Archie and Wolfe triumph.
Dec 07, 2014 Cindy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
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
Jan 04, 2013 Lisa Kucharski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 01, 2015 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Archie surrounded by beautiful women in an office with a murderer on the loose.
Mar 19, 2016 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Dropped a star because Archie was such a jerk I wanted to slap him.
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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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