• Death of an Art Collector

  • The Nero Wolfe Mysteries, Book 14
  • By: Robert Goldsborough
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An art hoarder’s suspicious death paints a nasty picture for Nero Wolfe.

No matter how fabulously he’s being courted, infamously dour “art hog” Arthur Wordell isn’t keen on favoring the new Guggenheim Museum with his extensive collection. Even at the urging of his beloved daughter, Nadia. Then, the night after the museum’s fête, Arthur takes a 20-story plunge from the window of his Times Square office. Nadia thinks it’s no mere coincidence.

Eccentric, yes. Suicidal, no. Private Investigator Nero Wolfe and his assistant, Archie Goodwin, agree. Especially after eyeballing Arthur’s enemies and sycophants, including his ex-wife, a covetous curator, a troika of obsequious advisors, and an outré Greenwich Village artist anxious to see her work out of storage and on the walls of the “Guggie".

For Wolfe, there’s a problem: Arthur didn’t leave a will. Without a beneficiary, not a soul in Arthur’s circle is set to benefit from his death. Nor do they show any customary indication of guilt. If anybody can solve a seemingly unsolvable masterpiece of murder, it’s Wolfe. Unfortunately, this time, New York’s artful investigator is, admittedly, stumped.

©2019 Robert Goldsborough (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Narration not the best

I usually enjoy Nero Wolfe books.
For this book I found the narration to be exaggerated and distracting. I thought about retuning this book but stuck with it. It wasn’t my best decision.

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Another Nero Wolfe That I Enjoyed

Found the story interesting with Archie, Nero, Lily Rowan, Lon Cohen, Fritz and Inspector Cramer playing their usual roles in the Nero Wolfe defective stories.

Only thing disappointing was Saul Panzer was not in the book.

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Narrator gets worse and worse

If I had any self control, I would never get another book in this series -- but the lure of something that might be sort of like a real, Rex Stout, Nero Wolfe mystery is irresistible despite constant disappointment. I guess the plots aren't actually getting worse, although the writing is -- but not to compare with the narration. L. J. Ganser seems to have come to believe that Ohio is in the deep south.

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  • Marleen JG
  • 11-28-21

Great series

I have become addicted to this new series about Nero Wolfe and Archie by Robert Goldsborough. I have listened to them all. Entertaining stories and great performance of L.J. Ganser. Looking forward to the new edition in January next year!