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Two years after Wolfe’s retirement, his past returns with deadly intent

It wasn’t Nero Wolfe’s idea for Orrie Cather to kill himself, but the great detective gave his blessing to his longtime associate’s plan. Cather had killed three people, and it was only fair to pay the price. Though Wolfe reacted to Cather’s death with his characteristic calmness, prize assistant Archie Goodwin could see the rotund genius of West 35th Street was shaken to his well-fed core. Wolfe decided his sleuthing days were finished. The detective’s retirement lasts until the day Maria Radovich walks through his townhouse door.

She is the daughter of Milos Stefanovic, New York Symphony conductor and long-ago compatriot of Wolfe’s. Like Wolfe, Stefanovic spent his youth as a freedom fighter in the mountains of Montenegro. The conductor has been receiving death threats, and Wolfe agrees to come out of retirement to help his old friend. But before he can attack the case, Stefanovic is murdered, and for the first time in years, Wolfe and Goodwin must go to war.

©1987 Robert Goldsborough (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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OK, but nothing special

Would you consider the audio edition of Murder in E Minor to be better than the print version?

No, not at all. Archie and Wolfe sound a certain way to me thanks to the narration of Michael Pritchard and the Nero Wolfe series on A&E. While L.J. Ganser does an adequate job of reading the story, I'm afraid I've been spoiled by Pritchard's Wolfe characterization.

What did you like best about this story?

Only that it is a new Wolfe story.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He could have studied Michael Pritchard's performance of Nero Wolfe.

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

Not particularly.

Any additional comments?

This is a good first effort in bringing Wolfe back to print. In my opinion however, the narration leaves much to be desired.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Not Rex Stout, but a close approximation

Although this Nero Wolfe adventure was not written by Rex Stout, Robert Goldsborough did a good job of capturing the full flavor of Stout's hero. Our only complaint was that the narrator was not Michael Prichard, who had narrated all of the original Nero Wolfe stories so beautifully.

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  • Marily14
  • Aurora, CO, United States
  • 08-18-15

Just love Nero

I have read and watched Nero Wolf stories for years, can't get enough! Reader amazingly good, a little iffy on one female voice but still got it down on Nero and Archy. Could see the whole thing in my mind !

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Nero Wolfe - One of A Kind

I like mysteries that have unique characters. It was enjoyable to read another tale of master detective (when he feels like it) Nero Wolf and his assistant Archie Goodwin. Wolfe raises orchids, eats very well, drinks beer and solves crimes when he finds one that interests him. Archie Goodwin does all the "legwork", The stories are told by Archie.

This was an enjoyable read. Narrator L.J. Ganser is an excellent voice for Archie. His narration adds a lot to the story.

There is no explicit violence or an excess of rude language.




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Not Sure

I was not sure that I would like someone else writing a Nero Wolfe story.
But, I was surprised and enjoyed the story and Mr Goldsborough style.
I think if you are a Nero Wolfe fan, you should enjoy this book.

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Nero Wolfe lives!!

I am a huge fan of the original Nero Wolfe by Rex Stout. I had my doubts but I am glad to say that this 'new' Nero Wolfe continues life seamlessly through Mr Goldsborough. Thank you!
Keep writing please!

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ANOTHER GREAT REX STOUT MYSTERY

Where does Murder in E Minor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 20%. It is equal to or better than any of the Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novels.

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

Yes. It's difficult to find a murderer when everyone hates the victim.

Have you listened to any of L. J. Ganser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't believe so.

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

When Nero Wolfe allowed the ladies to examine his orchinds.

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I like this book

Where does Murder in E Minor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I do like this book,I just have to get use to a new reader.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder in E Minor?

Nero and Archie is back!

Have you listened to any of L. J. Ganser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no, first time

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

some parts are funny with nero and archie

Any additional comments?

see if you can get Micheal Prichard to read them again

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Great Mystery Bookl

What made the experience of listening to Murder in E Minor the most enjoyable?

the reader used different voices

What about L. J. Ganser’s performance did you like?

see above.... he is good

Any additional comments?

Loved it going on to the 2nd book

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thank Heavens for L.J.Ganser!

If you could sum up Murder in E Minor in three words, what would they be?

Like coming home: back in the old brownstone with Archie and Nero once again. Having loved reading and re-reading the Rex Stout books, I was sad when I came to the end of them. The first Robert Goldsborough book I read didn't seem quite convincing to me, and I wasn't sure that Goldsborough was worthy to take up Stout's cloak. However, with Ganser's superb rendering, I am once again a happy participant in all the Nero Wolf adventures.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder in E Minor?

After being completely disgusted with the ponderous narration of the original Stout series by the lugubrious Michael Pritchard (I can't believe he got the contract to do the whole series, what a waste; two minutes of his droning, monotone Archie is enough to send me up a wall) I feel like kissing the ground L.J. walks upon. His Archie is zippy and wry, his Nero is precise and yet thunderous in just the right combination, and his Cramer is all the outraged old cop he should be. Thank you, Mr. Ganser!!

What does L. J. Ganser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It is easy to be in the Nero Wolf mode as Ganser sets the tone perfectly. I find it is also easier to overlook the slight deviations that occur in Mr. Goldsborogh's writing from Stouts originals, as the voice and time of the delivery are so right-on.

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  • Hepwood Flutey
  • 02-13-16

Nero Wolfe rides again!

What did you like most about Murder in E Minor?

When I realised that this WASN'T by Rex Stout, the creator of Nero Wolfe, I nearly had a fit. However, this was excellent, and I really don't think I would have realised just by listening that it was by another author. So many of the familiar characters, descriptions of the Brownstone that were spot on - it was great, and anything that brings us more of Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe is only to be welcomed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Most red-blooded women will fall for Archie, but in an odd way I reckon we all adore Nero Wolfe too. Can't say which is my favourite, they are a double-package.

Have you listened to any of L. J. Ganser’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, I haven't, but this was super. Nearly as good as Timothy Hutton, honest!!

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

If I had 6 hours or so I would have happily listened to it all at once, but as it was, I looked forward to times when I could hear it.

Any additional comments?

If you love the Rex Stout books, do give this a go. I would say that the plot was not as clever as some of the 'originals', but it was a real treat. I will be buying more of Mr Goldsborough's books!

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  • S Wood
  • 11-25-17

In the spirit of the original.<br />

Loved the book. Very much in the spirit of tge original. A worthy addition to this latest genre of revisiting classic detectives and adding to their case-book. It would encourage you to visit the original stories.