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The Missing Chapter

(Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe Mysteries #7)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  686 ratings  ·  59 reviews
When a loudmouthed, arrogant author is silenced, the reclusive master detective Nero Wolfe looks for the killer: "A very clever mystery . . . A masterly job" (Booklist).
The gun was fired close to Charles Childress's head, and his were the only fingerprints on it, forcing the police to conclude that the author committed suicide. But his friends know this is impossible, be
Paperback, 254 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road (first published December 1st 1993)
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Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Vinson is a publisher who wants Nero Wolfe to find the murderer of one of his authors, Charles Childress.
"You may want to heed one of Mr. Dickens’s passages and let sleeping dogs lie.”
Vinson’s jaw dropped. “I must tell you that I’m shocked,” he snapped. “Here a murder has been committed, and you, who have solved so many killings through the years, suggest that I merely look the other way!”
“At the risk of incurring your displeasure, I remain unconvinced that a murder has been committed,” Wo
Barry Will
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Roughly a decade after Rex Stout's death ended the Nero Wolfe series of books, Robert Goldsborough was hired to continue the series. There are two distinct eras of Goldsborough's books. Early Goldsborough runs from 1986 (Murder in E Minor) to 1994 (The Missing Chapter). Late Goldsborough begins in 2012 (Archie Meets Nero Wolfe) and continues to (as of this review) 2018 (The Battered Badge).

Early Goldsborough is far superior. The seven books of that corpus, of which The Missing Chapter is the las
Bryan Brown
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This was again one of the best of the non-Rex Stout Nero Wolfe books. This one is especially fun since the whole premise was based on an author who was picked to continue writing mystery stories after a more famous author died. It was presumably written with Goldsboroughs own experience in mind. I'm sure he had fans of the origial who were thrilled by the continuation and fans of the original who think the new one an impostor ruining everything they love.

In addition the portrayal of the publish
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading the Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout years ago. A friend and I found them in a Half Price Books store, and we bought all the ones on the shelf, divided them up, and exchanged them when we had finished reading them. For a long time we both looked out for other books in the series that we didn’t have. It wasn’t until this past Cyber Monday that I discovered that Robert Goldsborough had continued the series and written eight additional Nero Wolfe novels, including a prequel telling t ...more
Robert Goldsborough is no Rex Stout. Well, he obviously isn't, but then the heart wants what it wants. And I prefer my Archie and Wolfe as Stout imagined them. ...more
Christine Beverly
Another light and easy read...not a bad mystery for a holiday weekend from work. But hardly earth-shattering, life-changing great literature.

I liked this plot line better than the "Silver Spire", which was my first introduction to the Nero Wolfe character. It was less transparent, and until the last two chapters, I didn't have a grasp on the killer. I got there before the book did, but the ending was profoundly more satisfying.

At first, I thought using the death of a "continuator" was a clever
Christopher Rush
This is definitely better than Silver Spire, though it would be hard not to be. The premise is clever: art imitates life with the mystery author reviving a beloved literary investigator to mixed reviews of the reading audience. Unfortunately, Mr. Goldsborough rides that gag into the ground, digs it up, and rides it into the ground again slightly northeast of the first location. But it does have a couple of solid moments: the updating of the elevator is enjoyable and almost poignant (an impressiv ...more
I can't love these modern setting books. He does some of the stories pretty well for not being Rex Stout but one of the things I liked about the original books was the setting. He's messed that up and it feels wrong. There is no rule saying fictional characters have to age or time has to pass, he could have stayed in the past forever. And he should have.
I thought the premise about there being a writer who took over a beloved character after the original writer died was kind of a cheap shot. Too
I didn't know that anyone had "continued" the Nero Wolfe mysteries after Stout's death. But here he is, having completed several. The Missing Chapter features the death of another "continuator" - author who continues a series after the original author died.

Goldsborough does a decent enough job with Archie and Wolfe. I note that Archie now has a long-time girlfriend, which is perhaps a nod to the times. In Stout's novels Archie was always after the dame of the moment. We simply don't have that h
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating between 3 and 3.5

I am not a follower of Nero Wolfe series by Rex stout but I remember reading reviews by fans saying these continuations were not very good at the time of publication.
It is at least 10 years since I read any of the Stout originals and I have a vague memory that the last time I tried one I found it slow going.
However for me I found the novel well written , easy to read, characters drawn well and generally interesting. The narrator Archie Goodwin was a pleasant voice to list
Virginia Tican
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

As I felt like the chicken still running around even with its head chopped~off trying to guess who the killer was... and up until realizing how jealously writers guard their creations (until finished or until publication)... for in fact these are their "children," for that alone, I gave this work 5 stars.

P.S. ~ In Chapter 10 during Chet's conversation with both Gina and Archie "I love you defend the Mercury. I know Goodwin meant no offense, though. If he didn't come up w
Mike Haxton
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Authorbiography?

In this yarn the victim is an author continuing a series by a beloved author of mysteries.
There ‘seems’ to be some parallels here to our current intrepid Archie scion. Dare I say that there is are some very personal observations going on?
Is so, Mr. Goldsboro, you have nothing to be concerned about. Your work is first rate. My only question would be, are you channeling Rex Stout, or are you his reincarnation?
At any rate I look forward to every book that you and Archie pen toge
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout when I first read them, but as I started to re-read them recently I found them very dated. In particular, the characterization of women bothered me and interfered with my enjoyment of the books. (There was nothing totally offensive, it was just characteristic of the culture at the time in history when the books were written.) I had forgotten that Goldsborough had picked up the franchise. Reading this gave me back the pleasure of being in the company ...more
Kay Hudson
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, e-books
I read my way through the entire canon of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books back in the day, and I've been thoroughly enjoying Goldsborough's new ones; in my opinion he keeps the flavor of the originals while bringing them slowly up to date (this one has Archie using a PC, while an author toils on a word processor--haven't seen any cell phones yet). The Missing Chapter is particularly amusing as Archie and Wolfe investigate the murder of a "continuator," an author producing new books in a series afte ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Missing Chapter

It is somewhat surprising that Goldsborough chose the death of a continuator (one who continues writing a series after the original author has died) as the subject for this book since he himself has chosen to continue Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series.

One of the problems I had with this book is that Goldsborough is dragging Archie and Nero into modern times with PCs but then the language has stayed more in tune with the 40s.
Paul O'Grady
This was a good effort and much stronger than some of Goldsborough's other Nero Wolfe mysteries. The plot was a little self-indulgent on the author's part but I'll let him poke fun at himself. The climax of the story did little to surprise me and I felt much of the novel was a giant red herring ascribing (far fetched?) motives to as many people as possible. Nevertheless, the characterizations are strong and true to Stout's vision. An enjoyable, if highly flawed, read. ...more
Jan 22, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the original Rex Stout Nero Wolfe mysteries a long time ago, but always enjoyed the cases of the orchid growing detective and his “legs” and narrator, Archie Goodwin. This is the first of the series that has been continued by Goldsborough that I have read. Overall I think he is quite successful in writing the characters and the dialogue rings true. I gave this 3 stars only because I found that the plot and most of the”suspects” didn’t really hold my interest.
Ken Grant
There's actually a lot to like about this book. The writer is clever and the approach is fun and unique. Unfortunately the story tends to plod and though there are quite a few suspects none of them is particularly interesting nor do they give off much menace. The author is a little too cute for his own good and as a result any possible tension gets lost in the shuffle. Not bad, but lacking that certain something that sets apart a really good mystery. ...more
Jun 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not of a book

Reading Rex Stout or Robert Goldsborough, makes me happy. I love watching how Nero and Archi get things solved although I always seem to be missing an important piece till Nero lays it all out. That doesn't stop me from having an enjoyable time hopping into the story into another world, If you have not read these books escape into their world and see!
There were quite a few good choices for murderer in this story.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! But I love all of the Nero Wolfe books, whether they are written by Rex Stout or Robert Goldsborough! If you're a new reader to the Nero Wolfe books, I'd suggest that you begin at the beginning! Find the list of books in order of their initial release, and read them in order. You won't be disappointed! ...more
Delia Binder
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Goldsborough’s Better Nero Wolfe Pastiches

None of Robert Goldsborough’s Nero Wolfe follow-on novels are bad, but some capture the flavor of Rex Stout’s writing and characters better than others. Usually, the contemporary novels are less faithful than the historical ones (I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the idea of technophobe Nero Wolfe actually allowing a personal computer into his home!) - in this case, though, I think he gets the flavor right.

Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: michael-read
3.75 stars

A very credible entry in the Nero Wolfe series by author Robert Goldsborough. This time Nero and Archie Goodwin investigate the alleged suicide of a mystery author. The victim is a jerk, and the surrounding publishing world murder suspects aren't much better. Fun, literate and nicely plotted.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Goldsborough continuations of the Nero Wolff series are something like a sugar high followed by a slightly disgruntled crash. They aren't bad but they are somewhat pale imitations of the real thing. ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well-written Nero Wolfe mystery

Enjoyable by any of Rex Stout's fans, the book deals with the death of a written who has continued another's mystery series. I am certain some of the book comes from the author's experience in such an endeavor.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Robert Goldsborough, Rex Stout’s continuator, has Nero Wolfe investigating the murder of a continuator of a popular mystery series. The idea amused me and it was a very well written book.

Wolfe, Archie, Fritz and Saul are all very much themselves. Well crafted.
Margaret Sweet
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story, and a well plotted book

Goldsborough knows his Rex Stout and his original characters well. He morphs Archie into more modern times seamlessly. Fast read and over too soon.
Carolyn Rose
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy spending time with Nero and Archie and this was a good yarn - and for once I had it figured out along with Nero.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is not rex stout but very good and it is about an author who picks up another authors series after he dies - so cue
Brian Carney
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A worthy continuation of the Stout books. If anything, it was too short. I finished it wanting more.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Robert Goldsborough is an American author of mystery novels. He was born in 1937 and grew up in the Chicago area. Although he worked for 45 years for the Chicago Tribune and Advertising Age, he first came to prominence in the 1980s with the publication, with the approval of the estate of Rex Stout, of his Nero Wolfe mystery Murder in E Minor. Written privately for his mother back in 1978, shortly ...more

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Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe Mysteries (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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  • Death on Deadline (Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe Mysteries #2)
  • The Bloodied Ivy (Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe Mysteries #3)
  • The Last Coincidence (Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe Mysteries #4)
  • Fade to Black (Nero Wolfe Mysteries #5)
  • Silver Spire (Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe Mysteries #6)
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