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Over My Dead Body

(Nero Wolfe #7)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  3,889 ratings  ·  206 reviews
When a Balkan beauty gets in trouble over some missing diamonds, whom else can she turn to but the world-famous Nero Wolfe?  Especially since she claims to be Wolfe's long lost daughter!  The stakes are suddenly raised when a student at this woman's fencing school ends up dead after a pointed lesson.  As Wolfe and his sidekick, Archie, thrust and parry into a tangle of doc ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 1st 1993 by Bantam (first published January 3rd 1940)
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Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
While this Wolfe/Goodwin outing wasn't terrible, it wasn't one of their best either. Yes, you have to ignore racism in so many early 20th century books, but this started in this book on the first page.

Until I reached the 50% mark there wasn't much of the usual Wolfe/Goodwin banter and I found the plot confused and confusing. From the half way point the story does pick up though.

While I should have guessed whodunnit, I didn't and I think that might have been my general lack of interest in the res
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nero Wolfe is lazy. He only works when his bank account strongly demands it. At the beginning of the book he has enough money not to bother with any cases or clients for a while. When a young Yugoslavian woman shows up asking the detective to help her compatriot and friend with the trouble over accusations of a theft, Nero Wolfe refuses right away without bothering to listen to her pleas. The woman drops a bomb - literally speaking - which left both him and Archie Goodwin speechless (as well as ...more
Charles  van Buren
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

One of the more convoluted Nero Wolfe tales

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Publication date: July 13, 2018
Language: English
ASIN: B07FLFP4FF Sales Rank: 86732
189 pages

Fine Nero Wolfe mystery featuring international intrigue, finance, royals, fencing, Wolfe's daughter, the FBI, and, of course, murder. I recommend reading the introduction as an afterwards unless you wish to know some story details in advance.
The seventh book in the Nero Wolfe series and we learn some interesting facts about the genius detective. Even Archie Goodwin is shocked to learn that Wolfe has a daughter. And there was a time when he didn't spend all of his time in his brownstone on W. 35th Street tending his orchids and enjoying gourmet meals prepared by his personal chef, Fritz Brenner. A time when he was active in Montenegro politics.

It is 1938, the eve of World War II. The United States is officially neutral but Americans
Charles  van Buren
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the more convoluted Nero Wolfe tales

Outstanding Nero Wolfe mystery featuring international intrigue, finance, royals, fencing, Wolfe's daughter, Inspector Cramer, the FBI, and, of course, murder. I recommend reading the introduction as an afterwards unless you wish to know some story details in advance.

Where was Nero Wolfe born? This story brings confusion to the issue, contradicting other accounts in the canon. The introduction to this book attempts to shed some light on the matter and c
Bill Kerwin
Jun 15, 2007 rated it liked it

A woman arrives from the Balkans--is she Nero Wolfe's daughter? An enjoyable mystery.
Gary Sundell
We learn some things about Nero as a young man in Montenegro. A nice twist at the end. Nero claims to have been born in the US. In a later book he says he is a naturalized citizen. Puzzling.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
wow who knew that Nero Wolfe had a DAUGHTER and was a freedom fighter in his youth. WOW and learned even more about the area of Serbia/Croatia.
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read most of the Nero Wolf Books by Rex Stout several times over. If I had list of my admired authors he would be on it.
In the seventh edition we find Wolf has two visitors from Montenegro. Neya Tormic wants him to investigate a diamond robbery in which Neya is accused of taking the diamonds. As usual Wolf refuse to get involve until Neya tells him she has the paper that says he adopted her when she was two years old. Wolf sends Archie to investigate. While he is there a murder is committ
Elizabeth (Alaska)
I had no idea who did the murder, but I was in good company. Wolfe seems often to know who and why very early, though he doesn't tell us. In this, he admitted even quite late in the novel that he didn't know who did it. Inspector Cramer spent more time hanging around in this one, which was certainly different. He said it was because he didn't have any idea who did it and he figured if he stayed near Wolfe, then things would certainly become clear. Archie displayed more brilliance than usual, but ...more
Pamela Shropshire
Well, that was enjoyable. Not only do we have a double murder to solve, but there are SPIES. I do love spies - in fiction, anyway.

A young woman visits the brownstone; she is clearly a foreigner, and she gives a clearly fake name. She hides a paper inside a book entitled United Yugoslavia; the paper contains enough cryptic information that Wolfe realizes the woman is mixed up in some international intrigue. Actually, the young woman is traveling with a friend; and one of them has with her an adop
Bryan Brown
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This story was a return to form after the previous adventure taking place all outside of Neros home. The characterization changes I liked so much from the previous book all continue in this one. Archie is still witty and suave, Nero is still brilliant and grumpy.

The most remarkable thing about this story is that Nero made no money at all. I had forgotten than though I had remembered the secret twist of the story.

A brief note on another reoccurring character, the NYPD Homicide Inspector Cramer.
Mar 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, kindle
This is a serviceable Nero Wolfe mystery newly available for Kindle. Just right for reading on a trip, I thought. The mystery revolves around Wolfe's long lost adopted daughter and intrigue in the Balkans. However this book didn't grab me like some Wolfe mysteries. Perhaps because the reasons for my trip were not all happy ones, no book could have been 5 stars. ...more
Jane Stewart
Not as good as previous books, but ok.

I love some of the things Archie does and the way he and Nero think. If you’re new to this series, I suggest reading Fer-De-Lance and Some Buried Caesar before reading this - only because I think they are better. They are all stand alones.

Two female immigrants come to New York and teach fencing. One is accused of stealing from a customer. Two men end up dead.

The audiobook narrator Michael Prichard was good.

Narrative mode: 1st person Archie. Unabridged a
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books are always delightful reads, with his genius melding of Holmesian ratiocination and Marlovian tough-guy bark. This one is a little more complicated than some, with a complex geopolitical background and a large array of characters. Wolfe and his narrating leg man Archie Goodwin attempt to solve the murder of a fencing student, but the novel delves more than any other in the series (as I recall) into Wolfe's own personal history as a young man. Stout knows how to write ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, owned
While Wolfe is back to his typical self (not leaving home as in the previous 2!), some of his personal background is revealed in this one. Archie seemed a bit more hardboiled than I remember! The series remains poised on the edge between hardboiled & Golden Age in style, a tricky feat that Stout manages to perfection.
Sury Vemagal
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had heard of the private detective, Nero Wolfe here and there, and this is my first Rex Stout book. It was a pleasant surprise. Everybody writes murder mysteries. It is the way one tells the story that engages and endears the reader. Personally, I like humour. This book is dripping with wit and humour in every page.
Both the hero, Nero Wolfe and his assistant Archie are highly likeable characters; they make a perfect pair. Wolfe is stout (connecting with Rex?!) and a grand gourmand. His busines
Sean O
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Rex Stout is one of my favorite authors, so it’s sad to be disappointed in a Nero Wolfe novel.

Two female fencing instructors from the old country (!) become embroiled in a double murder.

There’s some vague international subterfuge which doesn’t really have to make sense.

The weakness here is a large group of characters introduced, and nobody has any distinguishing characteristics.

Then it piddles around until the solution.

Archie makes two pretty successful tricks, and Wolfe doesn’t have any bi
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
They should have just called this one "Archie Goodwin Punches Nazis." ...more
Husband and I finally finished our joint read/listen! "Our" review:

Randy says any Nero Wolfe, especially the earlier ones, automatically get 4 stars from him. They immerse the reader in 1930's New York City, painting a picture of life, reminiscent of black and white movies where people are rushing in and out of buildings, speaking and wisecracking in the vernacular of the time!

Suzy says this is not one of my favorites in the series, but like Randy, fun nonetheless to be transported to old New Yo
Feb 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Balkan politics of the just barely pre-World War II days keeps elbowing to the front of this book, when the reader wants more about Nero Wolfe's long lost (adopted, he tells Archie) daughter, who suddenly appears in New York asking for his help when she's accused first of theft, and then of murder. Naturally, Wolfe is sure she's innocent, once he's convinced himself that she is his daughter, even after a second body is found in her apartment. The international aspect--and pressures from on high- ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am a hopeless Rex Stout fan, so I am almost never disappointed in these classic novels. In this book, international intrigue involving the Balkins in the 1940's bring two immigrants to the U.S. One of them claims she is the adopted daughter of Nero Wolfe, famous PI. When a murder occurs where the girl works, Nero and Archie become involved. I enjoy the banter between Nero and Archie, Wolfe's right hand man. I enjoyed the twists and turns in this book that kept me guessing till the end. ...more
Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm a big fan of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series, but haven't read one in quite a while. Wolfe and Archie Goodwin are, in my estimation, the best detective team since Holmes and Watson. Over My Dead Body isn't a strong detective story per se, but is a hugely enjoyable escapade related in Goodwin's incomparably witty and buoyant narration. ...more
Ronald Wilcox
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Fairly typical Nero Wolfe / Archie Goodwin mystery. Great banter between the two men, interesting plot twists, but not the best NW mystery. This time around a man is stabbed to death with a fencing épée and Wolfe gets involved when a woman claiming to be the daughter he hasn't seen since age three is a suspect and needs his help to clear her name of robbery and murder..... ...more
Glenn Harris
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another fine Nero Wolfe mystery, this time involving a young woman suspected of murder and claiming to be his long-lost daughter. I confess that I sometimes tire of Archie Goodwin; he can be too much of a wise-ass and it's hard to get past the various bigotries of the day that he displays so vividly. Still, the mysteries are always good and Wolfe is a unique character. ...more
Gilbert Stack
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Every mystery needs a twist to make it extra interesting and in this one, that twist is Nero Wolfe’s daughter. Her existence comes as a surprise to everyone except (presumably) Wolfe and it adds an extra twist to the story. Wolfe isn’t working to support his orchids, but to keep his daughter out of jail. The mystery itself is solid, but not fantastic.
Alexander Peck
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am reading through all the Nero Wolfe novels and this is the best I have hit so far. The mystery is a little simple but it is fun.
I don't think this book would be a good introduction to the series but if you read a couple of these this one should make you happy.
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nearly too many suspects to keep up with. Unique plot based on (I guess) Mr. Stout’s experience in politics. Discovered that Mr. Stout is where most of those classic detective icons come from.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nero Wolfe doesn't disappoint. The NYC life, Archie Goodwin and their relationship with the police makes it almost like a carnival. ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A recommendation from the librarian (aware of my general dislike of the mystery genre) turned me to my first Stout novel, “The Golden Spiders.” I wasn’t quite sure why, then, that I liked it, for much of the book I was pretty bored, and found the plot, especially the reveal of the murderer’s identity, underwhelming… but I read another Stout book, Fer-de-lance, then another, reading chronologically, and another, and another… to the point where Stout became one of my favorite writers.

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Rex Todhunter Stout (1886 – 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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