Only one murder mystery did I ever get it first. That was another author. At any rate enjoyed the stories. Liked I could read them in one sitting. This book is predictable only in the sense that it's quality is what I expect of Nero Wolfe stories. I don't read Nero Wolfe books for the great writing, although there's nothing wrong with the writing. I read them because Rex Stout is a good story teller and because Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe are interesting characters. I think Stout's genius was in pairing these two very different characters.
So, if you buy this, make yourself a cup pf tea or pour yourself a nice glass of wine and settle in for a good read. See all 75 reviews. Most recent customer reviews.
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Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Three separate stories in a single novel. Each of these involves Nero coming out of his house. Not great in terms of plot but a decent read none the less.
Mar 27, Ovidio rated it liked it. Mar 12, Alison C rated it liked it. Three Men Out is another in Rex Stout's long series of books about Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, this one being a compilation of three novellas, as most titles in this series with the number "Three" in them are. In "Invitation to Murder," we meet a man whose wealthy father left his fortune to the man's sister; when the sister dies, the fortune passes to her husband, a disabled man who appears willing to continue to send an allowance to the man, but who is being pursued by three women who might Three Men Out is another in Rex Stout's long series of books about Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, this one being a compilation of three novellas, as most titles in this series with the number "Three" in them are.
In "Invitation to Murder," we meet a man whose wealthy father left his fortune to the man's sister; when the sister dies, the fortune passes to her husband, a disabled man who appears willing to continue to send an allowance to the man, but who is being pursued by three women who might subsequently cut him off without a cent. The man wants Wolfe to investigate and so Archie goes to the household, only to find the client is the first victim.
When he suspects a client of criminal activities, the mathematician sends for Nero Wolfe, but he is killed before Archie has had time to do more than notice the six people in the waiting room. It is among those six people that the criminal and now murderer must be found, but will Wolfe have enough clues to solve the case? Finally, "This Won't Kill You" features Wolfe leaving his house to attend, of all things, the seventh and last World Series baseball game; when four New York players are seen to be drugged, causing the team to lose the World Series to Boston, and another player turns up dead, Wolfe must try to determine who did what to whom, relying on Archie's knowledge of women and baseball Four highly enjoyable tales, not at the top of the game in Rex Stout's world but solid and entertaining.
Jan 20, Robert J. Sullivan rated it really liked it. It peaks in one of the most dangerous situations Archie has ever been in, and later Wolfe, still at the ball park, unmasks a killer. Each of the stories involves a minor puzzle and usually Wolfe makes a critical observation that leads him to the culprit without resorting to the lip exercises he does when he's really working. They don't have the rich flavor of the longer works, but they are still enjoyable. Nov 18, Dave Wallace rated it really liked it. Not a novel but three short stories, memorable in that Wolf leaves his house for two of them, perhaps why it misses the top mark though.
Wolfe solves the ubiquitous "there is a murderer in this mansion" by actually being there and with a gaggle of ladies his bane no less. The weakest of the stories but Stout does a good job with putting lipstick on the female stereotypes and they are not bland cardboard predictable. Another standard setup, assemble the 6 s Not a novel but three short stories, memorable in that Wolf leaves his house for two of them, perhaps why it misses the top mark though.
Another standard setup, assemble the 6 suspects in one room and ferret out the murderer with cleverness and inspiration. Better language, clues and some numbers history.
I got through the first of three murders in this book before book club met. Sometimes in a murder mystery, the detective arrives on the scene after the body has been found, and must gather clues about the crime after the fact. The characters he does choose to go into a little bit of detail about could still use a little more personality--do they talk a certain way, have a certain type of humor, are they smart, sarcastic, etc. Three short stories, the first and last are pretty good, the middle one is entirely forgettable. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. I have found in general that the collections of novellas are generally less engaging than the full-length books, and this is one of the weakest of the novella series.
This Won't Kill You: Wolfe at the Polo Grounds as the Giants lose the series with key players drugged and one murdered. This is definitely different and the most fun of the bunch. Much hilarity ensures to include sulfuric acid and for Wolfe, sandwiches possibly from a machine. Sometimes in a murder mystery, the detective arrives on the scene after the body has been found, and must gather clues about the crime after the fact.
Some murder mysteries unfold with the murder happening right under the detective's nose. I like that kind better because everything that happens from the beginning could be a clue. The first novella in this series, Invitation to Murder, is structured that way and, of the th Sometimes in a murder mystery, the detective arrives on the scene after the body has been found, and must gather clues about the crime after the fact.
The first novella in this series, Invitation to Murder, is structured that way and, of the three, it was the one I liked the best. It is not impossible to figure out who did it before Wolfe reveals all. The second novella was the weakest, to me, with a lot of obviously extraneous informatioand an abrupt ending. Mar 31, Nancy Butts rated it liked it. The latter is set at the World Series, and involves doping of a honey-flavored soft drink named Beebright [the second Wolfe mystery I can recall involving a poisoned soft drink], and murder by baseball bat in the clubhouse.
Now the title of the book makes more sense: Three Men Out is another baseball reference. Aug 12, William rated it liked it. I've read all but a handful of the enormous number of Nero Wolfe mysteries Stout produced.
I have found in general that the collections of novellas are generally less engaging than the full-length books, and this is one of the weakest of the novella series. Of the three stories in this volume, only the second one "The Zero Clue" really engaged me. Unless you are committed to reading the entire Stout collection, this is one to skip. Aug 06, Davidg rated it liked it. Another fun read with three novellas featuring Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.
Much as I enjoy these shorter stories they don't always allow Stout to have quite so much fun with language and Archie's baiting of his boss or Inspector Cramer. And there is a lot of baseball in the third story. Apr 04, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a collection of three shorter mysteries. In two of them Wolfe leaves the brownstone. This Won't Kill You takes place at a baseball game and had a bit too much baseball in it for me, but it was another great clue that solved the murder.
Feb 04, Laurali rated it it was ok. I love Nero Wolfe, and I like short stories These stories were good, but just when you're being to get caught up into the story it's over. The introduction by Linda Ellerbee is a a treat Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This is one of Stout's novellas, and it's good. However, the plot is fun and exciting, many of the characters are interesting, and the stakes are incredible.
Also, it's on of the few cases that Archie, not Nero Wolfe, solves well, at least he solves one of the mysteries--there are two, but spoiler alert!
The only part I would change is the fact that, as in many of Stout's books, there are too many characters and a lot of them have almost no personality or at least that Stout tells us about. The characters he does choose to go into a little bit of detail about could still use a little more personality--do they talk a certain way, have a certain type of humor, are they smart, sarcastic, etc.
Still, this is a fun little book, and I think most people will enjoy it, especially if you're a Nero Wolfe fan. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. Tim Williams Top Contributor: Jacques Barzun said that Archie Goodwin was a 20th century Huck Finn, and one of the most memorable characters in American literature. Years ago, I picked up this slim volume of three novellas at a used bookstore, and it was my introduction to Archie, Nero and the gang. I savored the writing, fell in love with the characters, and was entertained by the plots.
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This one is not a novel. It's another collection of three short stories: The first of those short stories is very good. The second story, is OK. But, the third story is pretty bad. Most of it reads like a Crime Drama instead of a Mystery. But, the biggest issue I have with it is how everything falls in line for the solution.
So, averaging the scores, I get an OK 3 stars out of 5 for the book. These were 3 new stories to me.
The context is NYC in the s or about 60 years ago. So there are anomalies. However, the usual characters, Nero Wolfe, Archie Goodwin his mobile assistant, and Inspector Cramer, NYC police, are present and play their usual roles with the sort of variation that makes me love this series. There are the usual potential nasties. For example, In the first story there is a poisoning alleged with regard to one of three women.
Poisoning of a man who owns the house and monies and who is in a wheelchair and cannot leave the house.
I high recommend these short stories for anyone who can as I can overlook the anomalies and enjoys the interaction of the main characters with different situations. Maybe that's why this one bothered me so much. Don't misunderstand me, all the usual Wolfe eccentricities are there, and Archie is as good at the snappy banter as ever. I would have been quite satisfied if I did t know his characters so well.