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Champagne for One | [Rex Stout]

Champagne for One

There's nothing like murder to spoil a good meal. That's what Archie Goodwin, the able assistant to Nero Wolfe, discovers at a lavish dinner party hosted by a billionaire. It was a casual evening among gorgeous society girls, until champagne became a murder weapon.
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Publisher's Summary

There's nothing like murder to spoil a good meal. That's what Archie Goodwin, the able assistant to Nero Wolfe, discovers at a lavish dinner party hosted by a billionaire. It was a casual evening among gorgeous society girls, until champagne became a murder weapon.

Luckily for Archie, his boss knows champagne and other gourmet fare. He also happens to be a genius at deduction. That combination could mean the last call for a killer who spiked the bubbly with cyanide.

Stout fellow: listen to all of our Nero Wolfe mysteries, including classic radio programs!

©1958 Rex Stout; (P)1996 Books on Tape Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Michael Prichard's resolute and somewhat wry narration is perfectly suited to both the characters and the setting - New York in the 1950s. Wolfe's superiority is captured perfectly, and Prichard is quite believable when reading the women in the story. He also shines as Archie, giving voice to his world-weariness and his resolve that the murderer will be identified. The listener can empathize with both his frustration at having to put up with Wolfe and his admiration for his employer. A solid story, with solid narration. Prichard, like Goodwin, gets the job done with style." (AudioFile)

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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 01-02-14
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 01-02-14

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Standardly Great"

    This is a great standard Nero Wolfe. There is not a lot of development of the series characters, but the story characters and events are well worth the listen. For me, the best Nero Wolfe novels have a great story, great story characters, great twists, and also develop the series characters in unexpected ways. This has the usual great narration, a good story, some nice twists and was a pleasure to hear. This is one they did on the A&E series and I had read before yet I still enjoyed the listen a lot.

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    Jackie NORTH HILLS, CA, United States 06-07-12
    Jackie NORTH HILLS, CA, United States 06-07-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Another great Nero Wolfe tale"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Champagne for One to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because Michael Prichard does such an excellent job of bringing the story alive.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. It was a great adventure with suspects that all could have done it and had motive and opportunity. Those are the best ones.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Michael Prichard always reads these books very well. He is the perfect Archie Goodwin, relating their most recent case.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not one in particular, no.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend any of the Nero Wolfe audiobooks read by Michael Prichard. They are all fabulous and although my favorite is "A Family Affair" they are all excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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