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Publisher's Summary

With a rich man footing the bills and a handsome lover on the side, Isabel Kerr seemed to have the perfect setup. Now the well-kept lady is stone-cold dead, and the cops have nabbed a Manhattan private eye who just happens to be an acquaintance of Nero Wolfe. Unable to refuse a friend in need, the great detective deigns to get the gumshoe off the hook. Little does Wolfe realize that in a matter of hours he’ll be entertaining a party of fools and lovers connected with the doxy’s death, including a mystery blackmailer, a sexy lounge singer, and a cold-blooded lady-killer. 

Introduction by Sandra West Prowell

“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 73 cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout.

Stout fellow: listen to all of our Nero Wolfe mysteries, including classic radio programs!
©1966 Rex Stout (P)1998 Books on Tape Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Michael Prichard's reading is excellent....His erudite Nero Wolfe is right on the money. Prichard's style of narration gives the story a somewhat hard-boiled interpretation that is enjoyable. Even if you've read the book, this one is worth a listen." (AudioFile)

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Another carefully book by Rex Sout

I read this many years ago and enjoyed it all over again this time. Archie and Wolf are more fun with each book because you get not only the mystery but the fun interplay between these two. The reading is very good. I get the feeling he is a fan also. If you haven’t read about Nero Wolf enjoy and I wish you well.

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One of the funniest Wolfe mysteries

What did you love best about Death of a Doxy?

Wolfe has to deal with not only an odd case but one of the funniest characters that Stout ever wrote. When Julie sang a song about Wolfe being a big man, I was sold on her.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Julie sang to Wolfe about being a 'Big Man'.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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One of the best of a great series

I really like most Nero Wolfe stories, but I particularly liked Death of a Doxy. It has a lot of inside-detective material which was fun and great characters and a wonderful story. This, along with the wonderful normal cast of characters makes this a great novel. This is one of Rex Stout’s best full length Nero Wolfe novels.

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Typically great performance of Nero Wolfe

Love the story and reading. But I'm pretty sure this recording is a bit too fast. Still great.

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A Doxy of a Read!

Would you listen to Death of a Doxy again? Why?

Yes, I love hearing the Characters come to life. It is so interesting with the frequently called on Specialty Operatives on the Front line. Orrie Cather, is truely brought to life. We get to know Him intimately, ways we never considered.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Why Nero Wolfe and Archie and the Orchids and the Food. Orrie Cather is the best character in this book. He is in a world of Hurt, yet, you learn about him from the other characters, because Inspector Cramer, Pinches Orrie as the killer.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Julie Jaquetter dances in to Wolfe's office and then Wolfe stands as she leaves. Unbelievable.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me listen. I brought words one no longer hears in the English language back to life. It gives back the value of study and memorization or true learning so that your mind brings the information back to you fresh and alive. The name Thales.

Any additional comments?

I love the way all the characters have such wonderful purpose to bring the story to life. It would be grand to see Nero Wolfe produced on stage. Like one a month in order of publication.

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One of the finest.

Did the quarter tell the truth? Your mind must be made up yourself, to know.

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One of Stout’s best

Of all the Nero Wolfe stories this is definitely one of the best. Narrated by Michael Prichard, who does an outstanding performance, this is a great listen.

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A good one to sink your teeth into!

This is one one of Rex Stout's better offerings with regard to his Nero Wolf series. The plot keeps you guessing...and then you find out who did it...and you are still in suspense! Truly a masterful work of fiction and belongs along side any other classical mystery.

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Nero hosts a woman in his home & isn't exasperated

An excellent story with a spectacular supporting character that even Wolfe has a regard for, which is amazing considering his view regarding women staying in his home.

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Hard to care

Would you try another book from Rex Stout and/or Michael Prichard?

Yes

What could Rex Stout have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It seemed to me Stout only had an idea for a crime that needed to be solved. I never really cared about any of the characters.

Any additional comments?

If I had started with this story I probably would never have read/listened to another Nero Wolfe mystery.