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Contains: Man Alive Omit Flowers Door to Death Stout must have liked this format - I hadn't realized how many of the books were actually collections rather than single plots. It stuck with me in part because Wolfe leaves his brownstone to go to Westchester county trying to "poach" a gardener skil 3.
It stuck with me in part because Wolfe leaves his brownstone to go to Westchester county trying to "poach" a gardener skilled with orchids Theodore has been called to a sick relative out of town. In the 2nd story, "Omit Flowers", Wolfe's friend restaurateur Marko Vukcic asks him to take up a case. The accused is a chef he knows Victor Pampas.
This one had a particularly good denouement scene with Inspector Kramer present but under promise to not say anything Oct 06, Angela rated it really liked it. May 28, Erin L rated it really liked it Shelves: pi , classics. Excellent group of short stories about Nero Wolfe and his fantastic band of misfits well, not so much misfits. Feb 26, Vicki rated it really liked it. What is better than finding an unread title of a Nero Wolfe volume by Rex Stout? It's finding three, all consolidated into one volume entitled Three Doors To Death. The three novellas were published in magazines in the late '40's, but Stout's writing ability and clever plotting is as fresh as ever.
Archie Goodwin remains Nero Wolfe's stenographer, gofer, assistant detective and Man on the Spot for the brilliant detective who hates to leave his home as much as he hates to miss a meal. In his witty style, Archie, the narrator of the Nero Wolfe books, writes a Foreword that pulls the three novellas together, pointing out the details the stories have in common as well as the exceptions to Nero's mystery-solving methods represented in each.
In Omit Flowers, for instance, Wolfe does leave his home to take a meal in the restaurant of a close friend, and then proceeds to take on a case involving a friend of the restauranteur, and winds up solving the case as a favor to his friend i. He makes the exception because he is set on hiring away the gardener of the estate. He may be the only gardener capable of taking care of Wolfe's orchid collection while his own Theodore Horstmann is on emergency family leave, and thus unable to render the tender loving care to Wolfe's orchids that their survival requires.
Once at the estate, Wolfe has to stay to absolve the gardener, who discovers the body of his own fiancee' in his greenhouse, and is then unjustly accused of killing her. In Man Alive, the detectives are hired to find the uncle of the young lady who hires them. He is presumed to have committed suicide, but his niece is sure she has recently seen him.
But before they can locate him, he is found dead at the family business. Once again, there is a murder to solve. Rex Stout is a witty man, incredibly non-"politically correct," and in the process, hilarious, not to mention a gifted creator of mysteries and resolutions to the mysteries that are just as creative. Mar 16, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery.
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In Man Alive, a young woman who was told her uncle had committed suicide believes that she has seen him a year after he vanished. Before Wolfe and Archie are able to track him down a body is found in a locked building to which only 5 keys are thought to exist, and their client is the one who stumbles across the body.
Inspector Cramer, who clearly should know better, interrupts Wolfe's lunch, and nothing could have more effectively spurred Wolfe on to find the killer before the police. In Omit Flowers it is Nero Wolfe's closest friend, Marko, who calls upon Wolfe to free a former chef who has been arrested for murder. The police seem to have an iron clad case as the wife and step-children of the murdered man close ranks to alibi one another. Everyone refuses to assist Wolfe with inquiries until he uncovers that a second murder attempt has been made.
Door to Death, finds Nero Wolfe in dire need of an orchid assistant since Theodore has had to leave for an unknown period of time. He sets out to steal a gardener from a family in upstate New York. Unfortunately upon arriving to plead with the gifted horticulturalist, a body is found in the greenhouse where he works, and the man is promptly arrested.
Wolfe is both desperate to hire the man and convinced of his innocence so he goes to unexpected extremes to find the real killer. These mysteries were rather tricky with two of them involving seemingly unbreakable alibis, and the other where it seemed unlikely Wolfe would ever get to question the suspects.
In two of them Wolfe accepted no payment and one involved a fabulous hike through the forest in the dark in the snow, and it's always fun to see Wolfe behaving out of character. Stout did shorter stories extremely well; the unlikable characters are just as unlikable as in his full-length books. Mar 04, Alison C rated it liked it. The first concerns a young fashion designer whose uncle apparently kills himself but then turns up in disguise, only to be murdered; the second is a classic locked-room type mystery centering on a family whose patriarch has been stabbed to death in a house containing only family members and a former serious chef whom, of course, Three Doors to Death, by Rex Stout, is another compilation of three Nero Wolfe novellas, including "Man Alive" , "Omit Flowers" and "Door to Death" The first concerns a young fashion designer whose uncle apparently kills himself but then turns up in disguise, only to be murdered; the second is a classic locked-room type mystery centering on a family whose patriarch has been stabbed to death in a house containing only family members and a former serious chef whom, of course, is blamed and who Nero Wolfe is certain did not do it; and the final story has Wolfe out of his comfort zone, having traveled to Westchester County in order to poach a good orchid man from a wealthy businessman - when death intervenes, it is in his own interests to clear the man of the crime.
All three are tightly written and to the point; the last one was familiar to me from the "Nero Wolfe" television series, which is fresh enough in my memory that I could compare the filmed version to the original there was very little variation, which speaks well for the television people. Jul 17, Marlowe rated it really liked it. Nero Wolfe solves three separate mysteries with the help of his assistant, Archie Goodwin. In the first, Man Alive, a fashion designer who supposedly committed suicide has returned only to be murdered. In the third story, Door to Death, Wolfe finds the body of a murdered girl while trying to hire a gardener to replace Theodore while the latter is away for a family emergency.
The gardener is suspected and Wolfe must prove his innocence if he wants someone to care properly for his orchids! Of the three Nero Wolfe novels I have read this summer, this has been my favorite. Each story begins with a set up, every detail that is needed to solve the mystery is presented. From there, Wolfe merely needs to piece the puzzle together and solve the mystery.
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With the exception of Omit Flowers, little new information is added during the course of the stories. Note that it's not a novel. The book, itself, was first published in , while the short stories were first published in , , and , respectively. No real surprises here.
There are a couple of weak points though. In "Omit Flowers," for some reason, it seems as if the police never even bothered to talk to the victim's ex. That doesn't seem likely. And, in "Door to Death," the police arrest, handcuff, and cart away their choice of evil-doer. Yet, they can't even show a likely motive. Again, that seems a bit odd. Anyway, those are fairly minor points and I'm still rating the book at a Very Good 4 stars out of 5. Jan 30, Cheryl Brandt rated it really liked it.
I am a past fan of Nero Wolfe books. As always, Archie's voice tells the tale. As Nero's General factotum and dogsbody, Archie is privilege to most of the action, sometimes instigates, and in general translates Nero to the reader. As you may have guessed, Archie is one of my favorite characters and it was like welcoming a friend after a long absence. There are three cases here I am a past fan of Nero Wolfe books.
There are three cases here, engrossing in different ways. The first a missing person cum murder set in the world of high fashion, the second a murder in a restaurant almost-dynasty, and the third a case that actually has Nero trekking up hill and down dale; in nature, even.
The mysteries are well-crafted, the dialog, both internal and external, wonderful to read both for the voices of the characters, but for the irony and humor.
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I highly recommend any Nero Wolfe, and this is no exception. Mar 21, Peggy rated it really liked it. This is collection of three short stories about Nero Wolfe. Each story is a fast read. Of course with a short story there isn't the time for a lot of twists and red herrings, but each story is a fun read.
Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin must solve three murders. In one a young model thinks she has seen her dead uncle and Wolfe must figure out what is going on. In another story Wolfe's good friend who is a restaurant owner asks Wolfe to clear his mentor of the murder of the owner of another chain o This is collection of three short stories about Nero Wolfe.
In another story Wolfe's good friend who is a restaurant owner asks Wolfe to clear his mentor of the murder of the owner of another chain of restaurants. In the third story Wolfe is looking to hire a replacement for the man who tends his orchids. When the new man is accused of murder Wolfe solves the case in order to get back to his beloved orchids.
Jan 12, Gayle Francis Moffet rated it it was amazing Shelves: , series , fiction , rex-stout , january A delightful trio of short stories that showcases the fast wit, quick thinking, and the overall fun of the Nero Wolfe series as a whole. Archie investigates a supposed missing person at a women's clothing company, then he and Wolfe tackle a murdered man as a favor to one of Wolfe's friends, and then they're off to the wilds of Westchester county because Wolfe needs to poach an orchid man, but then--of course--there's a body. Wolfe's world, even in short stories, is rich and lush.
It's a treat for A delightful trio of short stories that showcases the fast wit, quick thinking, and the overall fun of the Nero Wolfe series as a whole.
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