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Champagne for One by Rex Stout

Champagne for One (1958)

by Rex Stout

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Series: Nero Wolfe (31)

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Archie does a favour for a past client's relative and it turns out to be murder in high society.

While filling in at a charity dinner for a select group composed of unwed mothers, well connected single men and the doyenne of high society, one of the mothers dies of poisoning right before everybody's eyes. Her comments of committing suicide were well known, but did she really do it? Archie says no, but won't say why. Even under pressure by the attendees, the police and the D.A.

Even though this is Archie's case, Nero Wolfe is pulled in. Without leaving his home, Nero Wolfe navigates the many hairpin turns and scarcity of clues to decide whether it is suicide or murder.

I've read a number of Nero Wolfe mysteries and enjoy the characterizations and scenes. This is another enjoyable read. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Jun 23, 2016 |
Had no prior experience with the series, but really enjoyed this. Read like an Agatha Christie with a slightly edgier detective. Keen observation and deductive reasoning worthy of Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
Archie Goodwin is invited by a very wealthy and charitable woman (a former client) to a dinner for unwed mothers (a more socially rejected group at the time than now) and one of the young women is poisoned with cyanide (which I have been noticing during the cataloging is one fo Stout's favorite methods of murder.) ( )
  antiquary | Feb 2, 2016 |
One of my favorites and when A&E did it in their series they nailed it - I watched the show, then listened to the unabridged audio and even the dialog is so close that it is amazing. Great fun and a very difficult one solve. ( )
  bookswoman | Mar 31, 2013 |
Nero Wolfe, is a middle aged, fat private detective who doesn't leave his private chambers ever. His ground work is done by a young associate, Archie Goodwin and few other collegues.

In this book, Ar hie is invited to a private party where a death occurs and all Including the police are convinced that it is a case of suicide except Archie. It's a story of how he and Mr Wolfe go about proving it with lots of cunning and stealth.

A fair read. Noting special or worth remembering. ( )
  mausergem | Nov 11, 2012 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Rex Stoutprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ahmavaara, EeroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Montonen, MarttiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prichard, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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If it hadn't been raining and blowing that raw Tuesday morning in March I would have been out, walking to the bank to deposit a couple of checks, when Austin Byne phoned me, and he might have tried somebody else.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553244388, Mass Market Paperback)

Unwilling to accept a suicide ruling after witnessing the death of the admittedly morbid Faith Usher, Archie Goodwin is assisted in the investigation by Nero Wolfe, who has been warned to stay away from the case. Reissue. NYT.

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Whoever administered the deadly dose of champagne isn't talking, and neither is the victim, as Nero Wolfe searches for the antidote to the perfect crime. Includes never-before-published memorabilia from the life of Rex Stout

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