Death Times Three
This collector's edition showcases Nero Wolfe's uncanny crime-solving ability—as well as his incredible appetite—when he tackles murder three times over. Features an introduction by Rex Stout biographer John J. McAleer. "Nero Wolfe...has entered our folklore".—The New York Times Book Review.
I’ve been here before and as usual I gain entry to the brownstone through the always dapper Mr. Goodwin, Nero’s right hand man. Archie is not without influence in this household and I have it on good authority that he is qui ...more
Death Times Three is the final collection of Nero Wolfe novellas. Published posthumously, it does not consist of previously unpublished works but rather three works which--for various reasons--never achieved book publication in precisely this form, during his lifetime. Two of the tales had already been published with slightly different characters and conclusions: "Frame Up for Murder" as "Murder is No Joke" in And Four to Go (1958) and "Assault on a Brownstone" as "Counterfeit for Murder" in "Ho ...more
The anthology consists of three novellas:
Wolfe's personal cook extraordinaire Fritz was sick, so the detective had to cook for himself with really disastrous results. By the way, from the rest of the series I had an impression that Wolfe himself was a decent cook, but not here. The poor guy fell really low and had to use canned food only to realiz ...more
Two of them are of particular note. Frame up for Murder and Assault on a Brownstone were variations on stories told previously, but with substantial changes. As if Stout wrote them one way but was plagued with ideas and so rewrote them differently. ...more
The other two are variations of stories that have been released before. The one Frame Up For Murder changes one character by making her 20 years younger. This involves Archie more in the story and shows how much changing one character chan ...more
This collection, published after Rex Stout’s deat ...more
The first of the three is a story written by Stout for another character but adapted to fit Nero Wolfe (except that it doesn't unless Wolfe suddenly forgot how to cook). Stout elected to never publish it and I think he would have been unhappy with this.
The second and third are inferior versions of already published stories. Again, I can only think that Stout would ha ...more
In the second story Wolfe and Archie are the alibi for a beautiful woman in the murder of her brother's evil wife. Or are they?
And finally, has Archie's taste in women changed so much that Hattie Annis is his new amore? And when a package of $20s that Hattie left at Wolfe's brownstone turns out to be counterfeit will Archie convince Wolfe to help investig ...more
Contents: Bitter end — Frame-up for murder [Murder is no joke] — Assault on a brownstone
These 3 novellas were all vaguely familiar to me - I guess from watching the TV adaptations...
I enjoyed them all but I think that the first one, "Bitter End", was my favorite.
The Nero Wolfe corpus was nominated Best Mystery Series of t ...more