Too Many Cooks (Nero Wolfe Series)

Too Many Cooks (Nero Wolfe Series)

by Rex Stout


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Too Many Cooks (Nero Wolfe Series) by Rex Stout

As Nero Wolfe prepares to speak at a gathering of the world’s great chefs, one is found indelicately murdered. When the target for killing shifts to himself, the great detective must close this case quickly or his next meal may be his last.

World-class cuisine, charming company . . . The secret ingredient is poison.

Everyone knows that too many cooks spoil the broth, but you'd hardly expect it to lead to murder. But that's exactly what's on the menu at a five-star gathering of the world's greatest chefs. As guest of honor, Wolfe was lured from his brownstone to a posh southern spa to deliver the keynote address. He never expected that between courses of haute cuisine he and Archie would be compelled to detect a killer with a poison touch—a killer preparing to serve the great detective his last supper.

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

A grand master of the form, Rex Stout is one of America’s greatest mystery writers, and his literary creation Nero Wolfe is one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time. Together, Stout and Wolfe have entertained—and puzzled—millions of mystery fans around the world. Now, with his perambulatory man-about-town, Archie Goodwin, the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth is back in the original seventy-three cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553763065
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1995
Series: Nero Wolfe Series , #5
Pages: 204
Sales rank: 321,451
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(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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Too Many Cooks 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its nero wolfe in top form. Absolutely brilliant.
Anonymous 8 months ago
If you are a fan of Rex Stout, you will know he has excellent plots. Too Many Cooks is a perfect example of this. The language and of characters from West Virginia is appalling, however, I believe Mr. Stout found it so also. Nero Wolfe makes a speech that is antithetical to the prevailing thoughts. He calls them gentlemen when referring to them in a group, and Mr. as individuals. He even makes the worst of the white boys suckered it up. In other words, don't read this because the plot is worth the prejudice. No plot is worth that. Read it because Rex Stout addresses bigotry and shames it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent Wolfe/Goodwin mystery set outside the confines of the Brownstone. It was written in 1938, & is set in West Virginia. Some of the terms used are offensive, but are, unfortunately, representative of the time and place. Not all the characters utilized the offensive terms. Some characters even indicated their distaste for them. In a Wolfe mystery written about 30 years later, some of the same characters from this book make a reappearance, and one of the main subjects swirling around that mystery involve prejudice and the ridiculousness of judging a person by the color of their skin. The point is, many books, tv shows, and movies written in different times, or written to portray different times, contain material that is offensive. You must read it with "a grain of salt", so to speak.
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I dont want it any more...... ~Robin