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Murder by the Book (1951)

by Rex Stout

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Series: Nero Wolfe (19)

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What's the connection between the deaths of a pretty young publishing assistant, a legal clerk and a professional typist? When Wolfe and Archie learn that they all died because they had read an unpublished novel, they must try to prevent a fourth murder. One of my favorites in the series, probably because the story is set up so adroitly. ( )
  Bjace | Sep 26, 2011 |
Murder By the Book, by Rex Stout, is the 19th Nero Wolfe novel in chronological order as I'm trying to read them, published in 1950. In it, three deaths occur in fairly quick succession: a clerk in a law office is found in the river; a young woman who works at a publishing house is evidently run over; and a typist-for-hire falls from her office window to the ground far below. At first, the police assume that these are unrelated, until they uncover a list of names in the law clerk's apartment, which is duly brought to Nero Wolfe's attention for his ideas. He has none, other than that the names might prove to be aliases, but when ties to that name appear in the lives of the two young women who have also died, something smells fishy, and it's up to Wolfe and his sidekick Archie Goodwin to find out what that something is, as usual....I quite liked this one, as there was a good bit of humour at the expense of lawyers, and some interesting information about how the publishing business worked 60 years ago. I'd put it in the mid-range of the Nero Wolfe novels - not spectacular, but not at all sloppy either. Just good detecting fun. Recommended, as always! ( )
1 vote thefirstalicat | Apr 4, 2011 |
A nice, traditional Nero Wolf novel - always such a pleasure to read and reread. ( )
  MaryWJ | Dec 20, 2010 |
This book started very well, with one murder, a list of non-existant people, and no other clues. By the end however, I was disappointed in the story. I thought Rex Stout could have done a better job, as he had before on many of his other books. I expected more from him. But still the story was well written, clear and intriging at the same time. I still gave it three stars because of this. ( )
  jotoyo | Nov 16, 2010 |
Cramer seeks Wolfe's help in a homicide, but Wolfe can't come up with anything then. Later he takes on a case that just might tie in. Although the action starts around an unpublished manuscript, the real mystery revolves around a law firm.

Archie gets to fly to California and meet the woman of his dreams, ply ladies with orchids, and Nero Wolfe actually leaves the house, but just to have dinner with a friend.

I liked this one, but I didn't feel like it was anything special. Stout wrote so many books that were very similar. This one didn't really stand out in any way. It was a fun read, but ultimately forgettable. ( )
  cmbohn | Sep 7, 2009 |
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Handler, DavidIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prichard, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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When everyone who has read Leonard Dykes's unpublished manuscript--including the author himself--is found dead, Nero Wolfe, along with his sidekick, decides to set a trap.

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Nero Wolfe is asked to discover why a law office clerk has been murdered, along with three others, for the unlikely offense of submitting a manuscript for publication.

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