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Publisher's Summary

Nero Wolfe, lover of fine food and prize orchids, is a genius at daring detection. But he is always on guard when it comes to women. Now, murder at a fencing studio engages him and his confidential assistant, Archie Goodwin, in a dangerous duel with death. The prime suspect is a Balkan beauty who has a secret reason for wanting Wolfe to clear her - and a double identity that may be the perfect foil for covering up a killer.
Stout fellow: listen to all of our Nero Wolfe mysteries, including classic radio programs!
©1940 Rex Stout; (P)1994 Books on Tape Inc.

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"Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe make a combination that is hard to beat." (The New York Times)

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Another Great One

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would, and have. This has a lot of the classic Nero Wolfe elements, including Archie acting in his element (The world outside the Brownstone), and Wolfe being very much in charge of his castle.

Normally, we see Archie go out and get information or lure someone back to the apartment. In this story we see him doing other things; things normally associated with action roles.

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

No, but few do.

If any of the series were to be bade into a movie, I think this would be one of the better candidates.

Which scene was your favorite?

The one where Archie is the cab with the guy who doesn't want to take Archie to a certain place. The ways Archie shuts down every attempt to get out of it is a highlight of the series for me.

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

Cry? No. It's not a crying type of book. Every Wolfe book makes me laugh at some point.

Any additional comments?

There is one nagging question I have, and repeated listenings haven't helped. There is a government representative that turns up several times to ask questions that are clearly hints at the overall plot, but those visits are never explained in any way I've been able to find.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Rex Stout - Nero Wolfe - Timeless - Best Mysteries

I loved this book. Please get ALL the Nero Wolfe mysreries on

Audible they are all so good, a real treat for any book lover.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Still enjoy Rex Stout. Can't resist Nero & Archie

As always I enjoy a good story with Nero, Archie and all the rest. Entertaining!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Does Nero Wolfe Have a Daughter? Find Out.

This is yet another extremely entertaining and surprising story that will make you laugh out loud at times and be shocked at others. As Wolfe would say, "Very Satisfactory."

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You can't really miss with Wolfe

Michael Prichard has Wolfe down to a T. Personally, in my head I hear Archie as being a little more chipper, but that's just my choice. Great story, loads of political intrigue, and a couple of murders...plus we meet Wolfe's adopted daughter!

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  • Jane
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 04-12-14

Not as good as previous books, but ok.

I love some of the things Archie does and the way he and Nero think. If you’re new to this series, I suggest reading Fer-De-Lance and Some Buried Caesar before reading this - only because I think they are better. They are all stand alones.

Two female immigrants come to New York and teach fencing. One is accused of stealing from a customer. Two men end up dead.

The audiobook narrator Michael Prichard was good.

Genre: PI mystery

0 of 1 people found this review helpful