His final novel, A Family Affair , written in his late 80s, had appeared a month before. But Nero Wolfe lives on. From the late s to mids, Robert Goldsborough continued the Wolfe saga with seven novels; the first, Murder in E Minor , initially was written as a gift to his mother, a Stout devotee.
Additionally, there have been Italian and Russian adaptations. Nonetheless, he continues to inspire passionate fans.
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Some of the most fervent enthusiasts are members of the The Wolfe Pack. Organized in the s, today the group boasts more than members; central among its activities is the annual Black Orchid Banquet and the presentation of the Nero Wolfe and Black Orchid Novella Awards. In honor of the 75th anniversary of Fer-de-Lance , the Wolfe Pack will celebrate with a special banquet on the final night of the Bouchercon, complete with a full menu taken from Too Many Cooks.
Young, old, men, women, people who like cozies, people who like hardboiled stuff—everybody. The brownstone is like 22 Baker Street. Before his death, Stout told his biographer McAleer that he hoped Wolfe and Archie would live forever. As the countless readers who have joyfully taken that literary journey to West 35th Street can attest, they do.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A Catalogue of Crime. Archie is asked to take an office job at a large corpo Too Many Women, a Nero Wolfe novel by Rex Stout, was published in ; when I started the project of reading the entire series, I was unable to find it. Archie is asked to take an office job at a large corporation where one supervisor, the son of one of the two founders, is insisting that what appears to be the hit-and-run death of an employee some months earlier was really murder. Initially Archie is to be a personnel officer looking into employee matters, but that cover is soon set aside and he is able to do the real work for which he has been hired, determining the truth or falsity of the supervisor's assertion.
Of course this being a Nero Wolfe book, soon there is another death, this time definitely murder, and Archie and Nero finally have something to go on The title of the book refers to the fact that hundreds of women are working as transcriptionists in this company, and Archie in his pre-Lily days is quite the cat set amongst the pigeons here. Somewhat more sexist than the average Nero Wolfe tale, this is still quite a fun read, although I had a pretty good idea as to the identity of the murderer fairly early on. As usual, recommended.
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Jul 28, Andrea rated it it was ok Shelves: mystery , private-detective , ss-era. References to cinema as the "flat-face opera", to the number of people who not only don't lock their cars, but actually leave their keys in them, and most particularly the sheer dissonance of two men walking into a room full of secretaries and one remarking to the other: "Not a virgin among them".
While the remarker is intentionally depicted as an eccentric and nasty little man, the social considerations which come with that remark - that women are either virgin or married and if married will be off being wives instead of secretaries - is one which makes you first blink, then be immensely grateful that now is not then. Unfortunately this book never really recovers from the "spinning the wheels" feel of no progress, even when things start happening, and it is one of those books where all the characters we meet are so difficult to like that it becomes hard to care what happens to them - and Archie's character is also dragged down by "too many women".
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Not an enjoyable read. This one's particularly lively since Archie is basically rolling in clover throughout it. The usual excellence in writing. The one thing that bothers me a bit is Stout's continuing caricaturization of Inspector Cramer.
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In the earlier works, Cramer was very competent and occasionally got a bit miffed with Wolfe. In this one, Cramer's still competent, but he's in permanen Ho-hum. In this one, Cramer's still competent, but he's in permanent volcano mode every time he meets our protagonists. That's particularly irritating since Wolfe saved his bacon in the previous book. Still, it's a minor thing and I'm keeping my rating of an Excellent 5 stars out of 5. Mar 25, Lindsay Boitnott rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , historical-fiction , classic-mystery. Work has been crazy the last few weeks.
I was struggling to find what I wanted, so I decided to stick with a solid favorite, Nero Wolfe. Too Many Women did the trick! Archie finds himself working in an office setting surrounded by beautiful women and conniving men. A man was run down by a car and Archie is asked to prove it was murder. Of course I adore Archie and Wolfe, but I was even more pleased at how the women are presented.
Sure some of them are flighty and manipulative which is accurate based on my personal experience but there were a number that were smart and self reliant. And the banter between Inspector Cramer and Wolfe always makes me smile! What is your go to comfort read? What historic cozy mystery do you recommend?
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Lindsay Check out more reviews at www. Archie really lives up to his reputation as a lady's man in this story. It was very much Goodwin-heavy and Wolfe-light this time around, which is fine with me because I don't read these books for Nero Wolfe. The idea of Archie going undercover to ferret out a murder is a good one, it just doesn't last nearly long enough.
But he manages to make the best of it and provides his usual brand of sassy assistance so that Wolfe can figure out what's really going on. I read Rex Stout for the wit and humo Archie really lives up to his reputation as a lady's man in this story. I read Rex Stout for the wit and humor in Archie's narrative, especially the way he takes a metaphor and keeps it going, weaving it through the text even when you expected him to have already dropped it.
This book is a great example of what I like most about Stout's writing. Jan 07, Mkb rated it liked it. Now, knowing that some of the descriptions of and attitudes towards women in the books leave something to be desired, I tried not to get my hopes up. That was a good move on my part.
You can do better Archie! Apr 25, Virginia Tican rated it it was amazing. That is why this case drags so much and so long that frustration grips both the reader and Archie though he does enjoy wining, dining and dancing some of them at the company's expense.
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