And Four to Go (Nero Wolfe Series)

And Four to Go (Nero Wolfe Series)

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And Four to Go (Nero Wolfe Series) by Rex Stout, LT per K Gruff

“It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore.”—The New York Times Book Review

Embark on a year of murder and mystery. It begins at Christmas with a party and a poisoning, then blossoms into spring with sudden death at the Easter Parade. With a killer in the crowd, the Fourth of July is no picnic, and the calendar is overbooked with corpses when death is in season. Here are four cunning cases that leave everyone guessing. When it comes to sleuthing out a clever solution, only Nero Wolfe has a clue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553249859
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1992
Series: Nero Wolfe Series
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 74,314
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Rex Stout (1886–1975) wrote dozens of short stories, novellas, and full-length mystery novels, most featuring his two indelible characters, the peerless detective Nero Wolfe and his handy sidekick, Archie Goodwin.

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And Four to Go (Nero Wolfe Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Jaid_Diah More than 1 year ago
Long-time readers know that Stout wrote short mysteries that would be gathered into one book. This is no execption. The first story has Archie and Wolfe at odds during Christmas, and Archie leaves Wolfe in the lurch to attend a party...where one of the guests is murdered. Wolfe has his own reasons for investigating the crime, however. The second story shows Wolfe with a problem. Jealous at the discovery of a rare orchid in the possesion of a wealthy philanthropist, he sends Archie to the Easter Parade, to get photos of the orchid. The philanthropist's beautiful young wife is murdered while wearing the orchid corsage, and Wolfe finds himself under suspicion... The third story has Wolfe at a Fourth of July picnic as a guest speaker for the Restaurant Union workers. When a fellow speaker is murdered, Wolfe needs to clear himself and Archie of suspicion. The last story is not holiday related, but worthy of note. Rex Stout would occasionally rewrite stories, keeping the same plot, but changing the characters. In this story, the sister of a couterier plots to have Wolfe and Archie force a designing woman out of the company...and her brother's life. The two men, however, find themselves having to solve her murder instead. I remember the first story from a collection of Christmas stories of writers like Ellery Queen, and that was my first introduction to Rex Stout. :-)
Gilbert_M_Stack 4 months ago
This collection of four short stories featuring Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin is great if you’re looking for a quick mystery. Because of the length there are fewer loose ends to keep track of, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will figure out the villain because Stout doesn’t always play fair. It’s not uncommon for Nero Wolfe to have a piece of information that isn’t shared with the reader, such as the contents of the photograph Archie takes in Easter Parade. It’s also not uncommon for him to trap people into exposing themselves instead of using old fashioned detective work. That didn’t really dampen my enjoyment of the stories, however, because the heart of every Nero Wolfe mystery is the at times tense relationship between Wolfe and Archie. Stout’s created an archetypal detective pairing here that has recurred in many other stories. Wolfe never leaves his mansion and sends Archie out to do all of his footwork. Archie’s more than competent in his own right, but Wolfe is a genius and watching him pull the strings of the various players in the mystery is always a delight. While Glen Cook, in his Garrett Files, and now Dan Wickline, in his Lucius Fogg series, do it well, no one surpasses the master, Rex Stout.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Four clever short-stories. Like Agatha Christie, Rex Stout was able to pen short-stories and full-length stories equally well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read almost all of the Nero books. Big fan. Its fun to try and solve them. I like that there is no smut in them. Just good clean mysteries with great characters.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Four short stories with Nero Wolf and Archie Goodwin. I like the longer books rather than the short stories. These four stories did not give me the satisfaction of watching Nero and Archie outwit the police and solve the murders. Three of the stories revolve around holidays and the last is based on Cramer's quote. I liked Murder is No Joke the best because it showed more of Archie and Nero figuring out what was wrong with a series of events in the story
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