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Death Times Three

(Nero Wolfe #47)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,307 ratings  ·  71 reviews

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.

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Published February 16th 2008 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published December 1985)
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Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said
Recently I was doing a forage of my physical shelves in search of a Bachman book when I came across three of the typically slender Rex Stout novels and knew immediately that I would revisit that brownstone on 35th street, occupied by none other than Nero Wolfe and household.

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
Bill Kerwin

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 Published posthumously, it does not consist of previously unpublished works but rather three works which--for various reasons--never achieved book publication in precisely this form, during his lifetime.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
I would not call this anthology shameless cash grab after Rex Stout's death; cash grab - yes, shameless - no. I will try to explain below.

The anthology consists of three novellas:

Bitter end.
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
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this was the last published book of Rex Stout's work, featuring Nero Wolfe, it was still my introduction to the famed detective. Death Times Three features three short stories/ novellas; Bitter End, Frame-up for Murder and Assault on a Brownstone. I didn't really have any sort of clue about Nero Wolfe and was interested to find out more about him and his assistant Archie Goodwin, who is, in effect, Wolfe's arms and legs. Wolfe never leaves his brownstone in New York and uses the inve ...more
Bryan Brown
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read to cap the entirety of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series. Like the title implies there are three novellas in this volume. All of them were written on or before 1961 which gives them more of the old time feel I love about these stories.

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.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who quibbles about this collection should be forced to eat liver pate out of a tin. These three novellas are essentially rewrites of other Stouts. But they were rewritten by Stout himself, people!. At this point in my old age I am happy enough to get a Stout rewrite, let alone three I hadn't read. Nero Wolfe! Archie Goodwin! And an allusion --- nameless, but we all know who Archie is talking about --- to Lily Rowan! Fritz! Cramer! Even Theodore makes an appearance. The only reason this is ...more
Lisa Kucharski
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the heavy heart read, the last of the books, the new story Bitter Ends is a fun one to read after Family Affair. We see Wolfe and Archie at their finest and with funny moments as well. A great story which was adapted from the T. Fox story that Stout wrote.

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
Virginia Tican
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
3 novellas but I already reviewed the other two and except for a revised description of Flora Gallant who was the exact antithesis (first version ~ Murder is No Joke in Four to Go Book Book #30 of this series) of a designer's sister as far as chic elegance is concerned for this time (second version ~ Frame Up for Murder) around she indeed was that. First novella ~ Bitter End had an unusual beginning, for the first time since the book series, Fritz contacted the grippe aka influenza and so aside ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Wolfe believes, or claims he does, that any time I talk him into seeing a female would-be client he knows exactly what to expect if and when he sees her...’. This trio of cases all begin with Archie meeting a woman who wants something. What they get is murder. What Archie gets - well, in the words of Nero Wolfe, ‘You understand that my only concern is with any possible untoward effect on the operations of this office. I trust there will be none.’

This collection, published after Rex Stout’s deat
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last of the series. Such sad words to write. But also such fun to read, despite all of the people complaining that they're just retreads of other Stout stories. At least they were retreaded by him! Out of all the stories he wrote, these are the only ones he chose to rewrite, for whatever reason. Bitter End started out as a Tecumseh Fox story, but Stout decided it would work better for Wolfe, and I think it does. Watching Wolfe try to cope without Fritz due to his chef's illness is well worth ...more
Daniel Bratell
Aug 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that should never have been published. It is a collection of 3 alternative versions of existing Nero Wolfe stories.

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
It's not fair to say that these are bad stories, but they are unnecessary. Two of them are rewrites of stories already in the canon, and they aren't different enough to warrant publication. The other is a rewrite of a non Wolfe story that Stout wrote, and the fact that he never had it published for most of his lifetime suggests that he wasn't overly fond of it. Unfortunately, this book comes off as an unnecessary cash grab. And I'm always uncomfortable with book printed after an author has died, ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent set of Nero Wolfe mysteries. In the first story Wolfe gets revenge for his offended palate and solves a murder along the way.
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
This is the collection of stories published after Stout's death, and it contains, to be honest, stories he didn't want people to see. Of those, the first ("Bitter End") is worth reading. The second is an expansion of a story already available in another collection, and the expansion isn't an improvement. The final one is an inferior version of a great story, and honestly I wouldn't recommend anyone read it -- Stout almost never revised stories, but he saw he'd got this one wrong and rewrote it, ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new novella and 2 re-vamps of older novellas, that read like new. A down and dirty end to the Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin series. I've now read the entire Wolfe canon-but I have a feeling I'll be re-reading them all as the years go on. Wolfe and Goodwin are such unique, quirky, smart and entertaining characters, and the world in which they live and work perfectly depicted in these 3 novellas. I'll miss not having new stories to read, but I'm thrilled that I now have all 73 novels/novellas and th ...more
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a collection of short stories which were recovered from Rex Stout's papers and published ten years after his death, these weren't too shabby. Though they are hurt to an extent by being re-workings of previously published stories, they are altered enough to keep the suspense going. Probably the one which does best is "Bitter End" because the original story this was based off of was not a Nero Wolfe mystery while the other two were.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
nothing of consequence wrong with it, the three stores were just ordinary. The third story didn't even have true detection, was more of an adventure tale where the solution to the mystery falls in their lap. I still like the prose, it's just that the mysteries had nothing to see them apart from other stores of the time.
Ruth J Hanson
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is 3rd or 4th the I have re-read a Archie Goodwin book. Note Archie. The books are always good reading.

I have all Nero Wolfe books, I will only lean them to certain people. They are enjoyable over and over
J.M. Harvey
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read

The stories here are elk done as always, but the best part is assault on a brownstone which is a version of a previously published story that I had not read before. A real treat.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another example of how there's no such thing as a bad Rex Stout, Nero Wolfe story.

Even reworked short stories are at least as good - or even better - than the originals.

I really enjoyed this book!
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.
Lisa Smock
Not my favorite among the series, but a fun read nonetheless. I like the shorter story format.
Pam Newell
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always with Nero Wolfe stories, a great read I couldn’t put down until the end.
I recognized the second story as a duplicate of one in another anthology of Nero Wolff novellas.
Manuel Ruiz
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always love revisiting the characters Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin
Andrew Savinykh
Consists of "Bitter End", "Frame-Up for Murder", "Assault on a Brownstone".
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, compliation
An extremely fun grouping of several lesser known Nero and Archie stories.
Pam Seale
Fun characters in old time murder mysteries. Placed in NYC, it was a fun read. Charmingly outdated.
Gay Ann
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Funny.... puts you in a good mood for being a mystery.
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