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Three Doors to Death by Rex Stout

Three Doors to Death

by Rex Stout

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Series: Nero Wolfe (17)

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Three short mysteries - the last one, Door to Death, was made into the video series with Timothy Hutton. ( )
  addunn3 | Aug 26, 2012 |
Short stories
  bookswamp | Jul 30, 2012 |
This book contains three novellas, which makes the title a little bit corny. Plus the title of the last story if Door to Death. It is still good writing and quite entertaining.
Man Alive
This is a rather complicated tale where people pretend they get killed in order not to get killed. It comes down to five suspects because only five people have keys to get in where the victim was killed. The action and suspense move at a good pace and Wolfe pulls a rabbit out of a hat to end the story.
Omit Flowers
The meaning of the title is disclosed at the end and I found it quite poignant. A friend of Marko is accused of murder and he asks Wolfe for help. Archie pulls off the errand of all time and Wolfe spends five hours with the suspects. When Wolfe pops the secret he relies on the reaction of the murderer and he gets what he needs.
The two meanest people in this story are women. They are cold and out to kill. Archie gets asked out on a date to keep up his reputation.
Door to Death ( There is a theme working here.)
Wolfe needs a new someone to take care of his orchids. The man he wants is in jail for murder. Wolfe breaks all of his rules in this book. He wades through a stream and commits kidnapping. He is not even getting paid. This is the man he wants taking care of his orchids.
Dina Lauer, an attractive and popular nurse is found killed by the ciphogene used on the orchids. Joseph G. Pitcairn is a local grandee but Wolfe makes him stop and listen and give him room to solve the murder. The story moves quickly and has moments of strong emotional impact.
As I read through the series I notice some patterns. Wolfe has a way of making up clues and using them to make the murderer break. He also has some really vicious women murderers. I have run into several women characters lately that were scary mean. ( )
  wildbill | Jan 7, 2012 |
Rex Stout wrote an introduction to a series of Sherlock Holmes stories, and was critical of A. Conan Doyle's use of coincidence and other contrivances in the Holmes stories. I decided therefore to read a few Nero Wolfe stories. Nero Wolfe is already famous in these stories, so he does not have to exert himself. Archie Goodwin is the typical noir detective, always with an eye for the ladies. There are few physical clues and little scientific analysis. Wolfe concentrates on character and motive to solve the mysteries. ( )
  neurodrew | Jan 1, 2011 |
Three Doors to Death, by Rex Stout, is another compilation of three Nero Wolfe novellas, including "Man Alive" (1947), "Omit Flowers" (1948) and "Door to Death" (1949). 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). Again, not essential Nero Wolfe, but if you like the detective and/or his sidekick Archie Goodwin, these are good way to while away an afternoon - recommended! ( )
  thefirstalicat | Dec 24, 2010 |
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Three cases bring perplexing challenges to Nero Wolfe, as a man unsuccessfully attempts suicide just before he is killed, a murder victim's family hides the identity of the killer, and a horticulturist discovers his girlfriend's body.

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