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©1956 Rex Stout; (P)1996 Books on Tape Inc.
"It's always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore." (The New York Times)
"What's not to like about a Nero Wolfe mystery? The mysteries are short, cleverly plotted, well paced, and, if you're an audiobook listener, wonderfully read by Michael Prichard....Prichard has read nearly 20 books in Stout's series and has mastered Wolfe's deep, meditative voice and Archie's spry, chipper voice, as well as those of a host of other characters we recognize from one recording to the next." (AudioFile)
Twists and turns and bodies everywhere, this mystery is a tangled knot that only a genius can untangle. Superb naration as usual for Prichard.
Rabbi Steve the Storyteller
First, no spoilers:
This entry in one of the greatest detective series of all time is one that makes me laugh out loud as much, if not more than almost any of the others. It's a great one and a typically great performance by Michael Prichard.
Now for some spoilers:
This one is also one of the grimmest entries. The murderer is practically a serial killer. Four people are murdered, and while the descriptions and details are mild by today's standards, in terms of the series and the standards of the time in which it was published (1956, same age as me), it's pretty gruesome.
Which somehow makes the humor even funnier by contrast. Truly comic relief. Both Wolfe and Archie get in some zingers, both at each others' expense and others' as well (Inspector Cramer, for one).
History and Mystery
I've read all of the Nero Wolf stories and like Sherlock Holmes always entertained and satisfied after visiting old friends. When I hear Nero in action I have to think he was the Mycroft Holmes of his time.
Well done and entertains.
Loved the story, The Narration as always was wonderful and no real technical glitches to speak of... I was so very please with this Audio Book, and of course the whole Nero Wolfe Series, i have most of these and hope they will make more of them, the Pre-WWII Stories please please, addicted.
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