[Black Orchids/The Silent Speaker: Nero Wolfe Mysteries] Read ½ Rex Stout
Tubâ va ma'nâ ye shab hOf the Bureau of Price Regulation the government body attempting to regulate the business activities of those same wealthy men with attention naturally to proving the NIA innocent and making them look good too When a second person is murdered practically at Wolfe s doorstepe must pull out all the stops to sort out the nefarious from the nefarious amongst this collection of roguesLovely as always I m very pleased that Bantam is reissuing this series and can t wait for the next ones to show up Recommended What to say about Rex Stout I enjoyed Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) his writings of Nero Wolfe forty years ago and will forty years from now This bookad two mysteries in one volume Black Orchids Rechnen und Textaufgaben - Gymnasium 5. Klasse (Mathematik: Textaufgaben/Sachaufgaben, Band 155) had Wolfe andis side kick Archie Goodwin mixed up in a murder at a flower showThe Silent Speaker is about a government power broker scheduled to speak before a group of millionaires only to end up deadNero Wolfe the sedentary sleuth sets out to find the killerwith a little How to Prove It (A Structured Approach) help from Archie Outstanding I enjoy these earlier mysteries better than the later ones because Archie Goodwin s language which tends to deteriorate in the newer versions should remain consistent and Nero Wolfe s pomposity and misogyny and frailties are wonderful and need not be watered down These two shorties are from 1941 and 1946 Rex Stout could do no wrong In the meantime Nero Wolfe will catch all those who do wrong The Rex Stout I read the less I like Wolfe Archie is fun yes but the rat a tat dialogue and nonstop action pacing gives me aeadache after awhile What frustrates most is that the suspects are barely distinguishable and not fully formed For the most part they are practically interchangeable within each story I love Agatha Christie because of the psychology of each of the suspects and their Three Religious Rebels The Forefathers of the Trappists hidden and not soidden motives With Stout s stories Wolfe Archie Cramer Fritz and the rest of the entourage take up so much literary space there s little leftover for the prime suspects The murdered victim is usually a complete afterthought Wolfe alone is privy to all the clues an unfair advantage as I like to play along in the armchair The Sunset Warrior hunt for the killer The first in this double feature is Black Orchids which contains two short stories In the first a rare black orchid on display at the annual flower show tempts Wolfe to actually leaveis brownstone When Highland Hucow he does surprise surprise there s a murder at one of the grander exhibits Archieas been admiring the young lady in the daily garden vignettes complete with picnics and afternoon frolics in the fake stream and meadow when she splashes The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan and the Climbing Life (English Edition) her partner playfullye doesn t wake up In the second short story a prominent socialiteparty planner comes to Wolfe because she s been getting venomous letters insinuating all sorts of nefarious rumorsgossip among Dien Cai Dau Wesleyan Poetry her parties and clientele which could destroyer business Wolfe finds it petty largely because she s a woman of course and dismisses Hope Solo: My Story Young Readers' Edition her She s dead a few days later of a mysterious tetanus infection Wolfe anonymously sends black orchids to the funeral which Archie of course spots and before you know it they are on the case Silent Speaker was a full length mystery and aged remarkably well as it reminded me of the Federal Reserve as the Bureau of Pricing Regulation and the NIA as one of the behemoths of 2008 that was too big to fail Theead of the BPR is bludgeoned to death before a big speech at a dinner with uality Control in the Pharmaceutical Industry hundreds of guests At least seven or eight top suspects at each company they only get a line or two of description and very little back story or much timeattention on the page Wolfe knows all the readerardly any until the grand reveal with a lot of tedious ploys to delay the police and the BPR and NIA suspects in the meantime I think one of the Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (Newbery Honor Book) hardest things for me to process in these is Wolfe s ethicsmorals are all over the place makingim Oh Susannah hard to predict and not very likable Some ofis stunts seem like purely childish temper tantrums to prove a point andor soothe is wounded ego It barely advances the plot and it s not that entertaining as the reader is in the dark so much of the time The intro on this edition for Silent Speaker was by Walter Mosley and The Founders of Psychical Research he put it brilliantly whene time The intro on this edition for Silent Speaker was by Walter Mosley and Pelé: The King of Soccer he put it brilliantly whene that the reason Chakras & Self-Care: Activate the Healing Power of Chakras with Everyday Rituals he reads a Nero Wolfe mystery isn t for Wolfe but for Archie Goodwin who s voice is the voice of all theope and The Unforgiven humor of a new world This bright light shines upon the darkness of Wolfe s deep fears and genius and upon the craven and criminal minds that infest the world Two novellas and a novel All seem toave the theme of Archie the ladies man The endings weren t the best part of any of the three either Good as a set This was my first foray into Nero Wolfe mysteries and I Omgiven av idioter have to say I enjoyed it Nero Wolfe is a wealthy overweight agoraphobic who loves orchids He spendsis days inside Kapitulatus! his Manhattan apartment with set appointments to care foris orchids and takes occasional breaks for detecting which is The Ivory Gate howe earns Hindsight: & All the Things I Can't See in Front of Me his money The stories are narrated by Archie Goodwin Wolfe s musclemandetectivesecretary who does most ofis legwork for Ci alleniamo anche se piove?: Miserie e splendori del calcio dilettantistico him One of the introductions to the two really three mysteries mentioned thate
enjoyed the mood and umor of the stories and characters and the mood and umor of the
Stories And Characters Andand characters and novels for that not so much for the mysteries themselves I New York Is English, Chattanooga Is Creek. (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover)) have to agree both Black Orchids and The Silent Speaker contained well plotted intricate mysteries but I enjoyed watching Wolfe manipulate everyone aroundim and listening to Archie s attitude as well as Guiding Readers and Writers, Grades 3-6: Teaching Comprehension, Genre, and Content Literacy his apt summing up of other character. To a plot as dark as any orchid Wolfeas ever encounteredTHE SILENT SPEAKERWhen a government power broker scheduled to speak before an influential group of millionaires turns up dead Nero Wolfe grudgingly takes the case even as The Stray Bullet his own financial affairs teeter toward ruin Soon a second victim is discovered a missing stenographer's tape causes a panic and a dead man speaks after a fashion As the business world demands answers the great detective baits a trap to net a killer worthis weight in gold.
Seeking for a way to cool off my brain from Social Physics I followed a suggestion from GoodReader Bill Kerwin and returned to Rex Stout Stout paired Arthur Conan Doyle s lazy deductive powerhouse Mycroft Holmes with Raymond Chandler s ardboiled Philip Marlowe to create dynamic detective duo Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin Nero s the near 300 pound gourmand who stays and thinks and cultivates orchids in Heroes Die his New York brownstone while sending Archie about to do all the legwork The mysteries are narrated by the wisecracking Goodwin who lives and regularly exchanges teases withis brilliant boss Between the publication of Fer de Lance in 1934 and the author s death in 1975 Stout cranked out 48 of these books and stories many of the books being anthologies of two or three shorter works such as Black Orchids the first Black Orchids is the ninth installment in the WolfeGoodwin series and the first to not be a novel Instead it s a collection of two novellas one that shares it s name with the book and Cordially Invited to Meet Death For whatever reason I kept putting this one off for years until 2 years ago I think What a stupid stupid move These are not Stout s best work in character complexity theme or whatever but they are just about the most entertaining entries in the corpus I literally LOL ed than once the first time I read them and a couple of times on this second read as wellIt s no mistake that the book shares the title with the first novella it s the superior entry a funny light romp until it stops and becomes one of the grimmer entries in the corpus Wolfe throughout is childish peevish calculating and eventually ruthless Archie is well ArchieLewis Hewitt a fellow orchid fanatic and sometimes ally of Wolfe s L'Ingénu has produced a newybrid that Wolfe is very jealous of some black orchids not the most subtle of titles and is showing them at New York s annual flower show Naturally disinclined to attend The Strathmore Club himself Wolfe sends Archie down to view them take notes on them etc Archie indulgesim in this fully expecting Wolfe to try something to get themAnother exhibit at the show features a couple acting out a summer picnic the man is okay and the woman is so striking that Archie immediately starts calling Pampa Pampa heris fiance Judging by the crowd that assembles at the time each day where the man naps and she washes Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus her feet Archie s not the only one smittenNow is the time where I mention that as this is a Wolfe story someone gets killed Hewitt is tangentially associated with killing enough to scareim into being open to some pressure from Wolfe regarding the Geometry Part 1: Quickstudy Laminated Reference Guide (Quick Study Academic) hybridsThings remain lighter for a little while but then as I said they get dark and morally murky Even so a rollicking good read that ends too soonThe second storyas it s moments too Bess Huddleston a party planner for the obscenely rich is being blackmailed and comes to Wolfe for Herbier et autres collections help Years before Huddlestonad insulted Wolfe s dignity by trying to Historical Archaeology: Why the Past Matters hireim to play detective at a party she ended up settling for Inspector Cramer nevertheless Wolfe takes the case and sends Archie to The Happiest Baby on the Block herome to investigateHuddleston s ome and the inhabitants thereof are some of the strangest a reader will encounter anywhere as is the method of murder and attempted murder that Archie stumbles intoUnlike Black Orchids this one was just short enough to remain entertaining Oh I should mention that Both Fritz And Wolfe End Up Taking Guidance In The Fritz and Wolfe end up taking guidance in the from a female suspect that alone makes this worth the timeLines that struck me as insightfulfunnyrevealingwhatever from Black Orchids I do not deny that flowers are pretty but a million flowers are not a million times prettier than one flower Oysters are good to eat but who wants to eat a carload Archie speaking to Wolfe Will you kindly tell me I reuested why the females you see at a flower show are the kind of females who go
to a flower show Ninety per cent of them Especially their legsa flower show Ninety per cent of them Especially their legs it ave to be like that Is it because never Releasing Heaven on Earth: Gods Principles for Restoring the Land having any flowers sent to them theyave to go there in order to see any Rose Lasher speaking of Archie That ten cent Clark Gable there that thinks The Future of English Teaching Worldwide he s so slicke can slide uphill And Archie s reaction Between her cheap crack about me being a ten cent Clark Gable which was ridiculous He simpers to begin with and to end with no once can say I resemble a movie actor and fi they did it would be apt to be Gary Cooper than Clark Gable from Cordially Invited to Meet Death Wolfe speaking There is nothing in the world as indestructible asuman dignity For a cop to move persons from the Sigrid Liljeholm house any person whatever with or without a charge or a warrant except at Wolfe s instigation was an intolerable insult tois pride David Starr Space Ranger his vanity andis sense of the fitness of things So as was to be expected Crusader conspiracy Banner books he acted with a burst of energy amounting to violencee sat up straight in The Book of Earths: Hollow Earth, Ancient Maps, Atlantis, and Other Theories (Forgotten Books) his chair I cannot read that last sentence wo chucklingWith The Silent Speaker we ve returned to novels in our tour through the Corpus the War is over and oureroes like the rest of the country are adjusting to that fact In the US part of that An English Translation of Fa Tsangs Commentary on the Awakening of Faith has to do with price regulation and battles between governmental agencies and private businesses In this case weave the Bureau of Price Regulation BPR and the National Industrial Association NIANow I ll be onest and I realize this makes me a orrid person this part of I realize this makes me a The University of Chicago Spanish English English Spanish Dictionary horrid person this part of History makes my eyes glaze over so I can t say for certainow much the relationships depicted between the two entities are accurate But this feels real names of agenciesgro. A NERO WOLFE SPECIAL EDITION TWO COMPLETE MYSTERIES IN ONE VOLUME Nero Wolfe towers over I magnifici dieci his rivalshe is an exceptional character creation New Yorker A grand master of the form Rex Stout is one of America's greatest mystery writers andis literary creation Nero Wolfe is one of fiction's greatest detectives In this double elping of classic Nero Wolfe mysteries Stout presents the arrogant gourmandizing sedentary sleuth and is trusty man about town Archie Goodwin with a pair of delectable murders th.
Free read Black Orchids/The Silent Speaker: Nero Wolfe MysteriesUpscompanies being changed naturally and a little bit of reading that I ve done about The Silent Speaker seems to support that In years to come Stout will not tweak details like that The Doorbell Rang but it s than understandable when Seashells he and other authors take that tackTheead of the BPR Cheney Boone was scheduled to speak before a gathering of the NIA a An Excellent conceited Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet hostile audience to be sure And it does not appear thatis address was going in anyway to endear Ruhestand für Einsteiger him or the rest ofis McCoys to the NIA Hatfields But a funny thing appened on the way to the podium well not funny at all really but that s the phrase Someone took a monkey wrench to is cranium while Farmer Boy he was backstage rehearsing The BPR people and the Boones begin accusing someone anyone with ties to the NIA the NIA are certain that it s all a front designed to bring public sentiment againstimThe police are soon stymied and Random House Webster's College Dictionary: 1996 Graduation Promotion have to deal with enough political pressure to prevent them from doing any real work Wolfe s patience is tried and then some by the bickering between and within the various camps In addition to the vitriol flying all over there are enough rederrings to keep things too confusing for the case to progress muchIn this book at last our cast of regulars is completed with the introduction of newspaperman extraordinaire Lon Cohen He doesn t get a lot of space in this appearance but that s remedied in the next couple of books and many future onesThis is really one of the gems in the series and one I return to often than many others I can t put my finger on exactly why but all cylinders are firing this time out and not a false or ill advised step is made by the author anyway This is a great novel to serve as an entry or re entry point to the series for someone not sure where to startAnd now for our regularly scheduled collection of witticisms and other notable uotes As usual Making Mentoring Happen A simple and effective guide to implementing a successful mentoring program he didn t life an eye when I entered Also as usual I paid no attention to whethere was paying attention Satisfactory Archie Wolfe muttered Frankly I wish I could make my Panda Bears heart uit doing an extra thump when Wolfe says satisfactory Archie It s childish Wolfe pushed the button savagely for beer He was as close to being in a panic as I remembered seeingim I looked at the wall clock It said two minutes to four I looked at my wrist watch It said one minute to four In spite of the discrepancy it seemed safe to conclude that it would soon be four o clock I Turning Points in Australian History had made a close and prolonged study of Wolfe s attitude toward women The basic fact about a woman that seemed to irritateim was that she was a woman the long record showed not a single exception but form there on the documentation was cockeyed If woman as woman grated on Desarrollo de Habilidades Directivas him you would suppose that the most womany details would be the worst forim but time and again I Let Dai Vol 8 have knownim to An Excellent conceited Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet have a chair placed for a female so thatis desk would not obstruct Hoodwinked his view ofer legs and the answer can t be that Братья Карамазовы his interest is professional ande reads character from legs because the older and dumpier she is the less Best Practices In Leading The Global Workforce he cares where she sits It is a very complex uestion and some day I m going to take a whole chapter for it Another little detaile is much sensitive to women s noses than HORROR STORIES he is to men s Iave never been able to detect that extremes or unorthodoxies in men s noses Sloane Monroe SeriesBooks 4 5 have any effect onim but in women s they do Above all Vida de perros he doesn t like a pug or in fact a pronounced incurve anywhere along the bridge Mrs Boonead a bug and it was much too small for the surroundings I saw Oeuvres de Ennius Quirinus Visconti, Vol. 3 him looking at it ase leaned back in The Mobius Twist, Alien Abduction and Judgement of the Human Race his chair Soe told The Love of a King her in a gruff and inhospitable tone barely not boorish A Rex Stout book is always a pleasure to read I think it s because Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe are wonderful characters Bantamas been reissuing Rex Stout s Nero Wolfe novels in groups of two novels in one volume for some time now and I ve been picking them up as I find them Black Orchids 1942 is paired with 1946 s The Silent Speaker which will be my next Wolfe mystery this review concerns only the former Black Orchids is I believe unusual in the Wolfe canon in that it s actually two novellas rather than one mystery the stories are vaguely linked by the rare flower which provides the title In Black Orchids Wolfe is lured out of is West 35th Street den to a flower the title In Black Orchids Wolfe is lured out of is West 35th Street den to a flower at which a rare display of black orchids is a Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement Pivotal Moments in American History highlight Anotherighlight especially for Archie Goodwin is a young woman who is part of a picnic tableau used to enliven another floral display when Aliens Music of the Spears Aliens her male partner in the tableau turns up dead it s up to Wolfe to solve the crime In Cordially Invited to Meet Death a society lady known forer professional party organizing skills comes to Nero Wolfe to ask Made in Yorkshire Series Box Set ( him to find out who is sending poison pen lettersinting at gossipy misdeeds on Untitled The Wicked Powers her part that could ruiner socially Wolfe is not interested but when the woman suffers a particularly nasty death as a result of tetanus infection Hearts Untamed he is drawn to find the solution despiteimself Both novellas feature Archie s wit and Wolfe s acerbic bite and both are fairly plotted and clued as always with Mr Stout s magnificent creation recommendedI decided to read two Nero Wolfe novels back to back to see if any of it gets stale from repetition I m appy to report that no it
Doesn T In Thet In The Speaker from 1946 Wolfe is engaged by the rather appalling NIA the National Industrial Association a collection of wealthy industrialists who of course ave no scruples or ethics to speak of to solve the murder of the Sinful Paradise The Davies Legacy head. At no connoisseur of the whodunit could possibly resistBLACK ORCHIDS Not much can get Wolfe to leaveis comfortable brownstone but the showing of a rare black orchid lures Blood of the City him to a flower show Unfortunately the much anticipated event is soon overshadowed by a murder as daring as it is sudden It's a case of weeding out a cunning killer who can turn up anywhere and Wolfe must do it uickly Because a second case awaitsis urgent attention a society widow on a mailing list of poison pen letters leading.