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Best Nero Wolfe Books You Should Read

There are countless Nero Wolfe courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Death of an Art Collector: A Nero Wolfe Mystery (The Nero Wolfe Mysteries) (2019)

Best Nero Wolfe Books You Should ReadNo matter how fabulously he’s being courted, infamously dour “art hog” Arthur Wordell isn’t keen on favoring the new Guggenheim Museum with his extensive collection. Even at the urging of his beloved daughter, Nadia. Then, the night after the museum’s fête, Arthur takes a twenty-story plunge from the window of his Times Square office. Nadia thinks it’s no mere coincidence.   Eccentric, yes. Suicidal, no. Private investigator Nero Wolfe and his assistant, Archie Goodwin, agree. Especially after eyeballing Arthur’s enemies and sycophants, including his ex-wife, a…
Author(s): Robert Goldsborough

2. Murder by the Book (Nero Wolfe) (1995)

Best Nero Wolfe Books You Should ReadIt wasn’t Leonard Dykes’s writing style that offended. But something in his unpublished tome seemed to lead everyone who read it to a very unhappy ending. Now four people are dead, including the unfortunate author himself, and the police think Nero Wolfe is the only man who can close the book on this novel killer. So the genius sleuth directs his sidekick to set a trap . . . and discovers that the truth is far stranger—and far bloodier—than fiction.A grand master of the form, Rex Stout is one of America’s greatest mystery writers, and his literary creation Nero Wolfe is one of the greatest…
Author(s): Rex Stout

3. Archie Meets Nero Wolfe: A Prequel to Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe Mysteries (The Nero Wolfe Mysteries) (2012)

Best Nero Wolfe Books You Should ReadIn 1930, young Archie Goodwin comes to New York City hoping for a bit of excitement. In his third week working as a night watchman, he stops two burglars in their tracks—with a pair of hot lead slugs.   Dismissed from his job for being “trigger-happy,” he parlays his newfound notoriety into a job as a detective’s assistant, helping honest sleuth Del Bascom solve cases like the Morningside Piano Heist, the Rive Gauche Art Gallery Swindle, and the Sumner-Hayes Burglary. But it’s the kidnapping of Tommie Williamson, the son of a New York hotel magnate, that introduces Goodwin to the man who will change his…
Author(s): Robert Goldsborough

4. The Hand in the Glove (1976)

Best Nero Wolfe Books You Should ReadWealthy industrialist P. L. Storrs has never approved of lady detectives, and he normally would not have made an exception of Theodolina “Dol” Bonner. But faced with a very delicate problem and surprisingly impressed, he hires her instantly. It seems that Storrs’ bird-witted wife has fallen under the spell of a smooth-talking religious charlatan, and now Storrs wants Dol to get the goods on him. But when the gorgeous gumshoe arrives at Storrs’ picturesque country estate, Birchhaven, to meet the scoundrel, she finds more than she bargained for – namely, the corpse…
Author(s): Rex Stout

5. Murder in E Minor (The Nero Wolfe Mysteries) (2016)

Best Nero Wolfe Books You Should ReadEver since disgraced associate Orrie Cather’s suicide, armchair detective Nero Wolfe has relished retirement in his Manhattan brownstone on West Thirty-Fifth Street. Two years after Cather’s death, only a visit from Maria Radovich—and the urging of Wolfe’s prize assistant, Archie Goodwin—could draw the eccentric and reclusive genius back into business. Maria’s uncle, New York Symphony Orchestra conductor Milan Stevens, formerly known as Milos Stefanovic, spent his youth alongside Wolfe as a fellow freedom fighter in the mountains of…
Author(s): Robert Goldsborough

6. Too Many Cooks/Champagne for One (Nero Wolfe) (2009)

Best Nero Wolfe Books You Should ReadA grand master of the form, Rex Stout is one of America’s greatest mystery writers, and his literary creation Nero Wolfe is one of fiction’s greatest detectives. In this pair of classic Nero Wolfe mysteries, Stout is at his unparalleled best as the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth and his trusty man-about-town, Archie Goodwin, are served two lethally appetizing cases. Everyone knows that too many cooks spoil the broth, but you’d hardly expect it to lead to murder. But that’s exactly what’s on the menu at a five-star gathering of the world’s greatest chefs. As guest of honor,…
Author(s): Rex Stout

7. Murder, Stage Left (The Nero Wolfe Mysteries) (2017)

Best Nero Wolfe Books You Should ReadWhen a renowned theater director senses something amiss during his latest production, he calls in Nero Wolfe. Though the corpulent genius wouldn’t normally accept a job this vague, a mutual friend dangles the prospect of a very rare orchid in exchange for his services, and Wolfe can’t resist. With a mind to suss out useful backstage gossip, Wolfe turns to his faithful assistant, Archie Goodwin, to impersonate a journalist in order to speak to the cast. Though Goodwin’s conversations prove unfruitful, on his last day at the theater, the director is murdered in his soundproof booth, poisoned by an…
Author(s): Robert Goldsborough

8. The Battered Badge (The Nero Wolfe Mysteries) (2018)

Best Nero Wolfe Books You Should Read  When wealthy and popular crusader and reformer Lester Pierce is gunned down in front of his Park Avenue residence, the public outcry forces the NYPD to restructure its homicide department. As the deceased was highly critical of Inspector Lionel Cramer, the longtime head of homicide is temporarily relieved of his badge. But it seems Cramer was not just a scapegoat: He was seen dining in Little Italy with mob kingpin Ralph Mars.   All of which amounts to little more than conversational fodder for PI Nero Wolfe and his assistant Archie Goodwin. But…
Author(s): Robert Goldsborough

9. Fer-de-Lance (Nero Wolfe) (1997)

Best Nero Wolfe Books You Should ReadAs any herpetologist will tell you, the fer-de-lance is among the most dreaded snakes known to man.  When someone makes a present of one to Nero Wolfe, Archie Goodwin knows he’s getting dreadully close to solving the devilishly clever murders of an immigrant and a college president.  As for Wolfe, he’s playing snake charmer in a case with more twists than an anaconda — whistling a seductive tune he hopes will catch a killer who’s still got poison in his heart. #219,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2420 in Political Thrillers…
Author(s): Rex Stout

10. Over My Dead Body (Nero Wolfe Mysteries) [Mass Market Paperback] [1993] (Author) Rex Stout (1994)

Best Nero Wolfe Books You Should ReadPaperback Publisher: Bantam; 63654th edition (1994) ASIN: B00E86G344 Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 180 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,169,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
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11. Too Many Women (Nero Wolfe) (1975)

Best Nero Wolfe Books You Should ReadMass Market Paperback: 168 pages Publisher: Bantam Books; 7th Printing edition (1975) Language: English ASIN: B0007AIACI Package Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.5 x 0.5 inches Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,109,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #170531 in Contemporary Literature & Fiction Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Rex Stout

12. The Second Confession (Nero Wolfe) (1995)

Best Nero Wolfe Books You Should ReadWhen a millionaire businessman hires Nero Wolfe to probe the background of his daughter’s boyfriend, it seems like just another case of an overprotective father. But when a powerful gangland boss “counsels” the detective to drop the matter, Wolfe receives a warning: a burst of machine-gun fire through the windows of his orchid room. Then the lawyer boyfriend turns up dead, leaving Archie the number one suspect. Throw in drugged drinks, two man-killing debutantes, and officials of a highly un-American party and Wolfe finds himself involved in a case where he must quickly solve one murder to prevent…
Author(s): Rex Stout

13. Some Buried Caesar (Nero Wolfe) (1990)

Best Nero Wolfe Books You Should ReadAn automobile breakdown strands Nero Wolfe and Archie in the middle of a private pasture—and a family feud over a prize bull. A restaurateur’s plan to buy the stud and barbecue it as a publicity stunt may be in poor taste, but it isn’t a crime . . . until Hickory Caesar Grindon, the soon-to-be-beefsteak bull, is found pawing the remains of a family scion. Wolfe is sure the idea that Caesar is the murderer is, well, pure bull. Now the great detective is on the horns of a dilemma as a veritable stampede of suspects—including a young lady Archie has his eye on—conceals a special breed of killer who wins…
Author(s): Rex Stout

14. Before Midnight (Nero Wolfe) (1995)

Best Nero Wolfe Books You Should ReadThe scent of murder is in the air at the great Pour Amour perfume contest, and the incomparable Nero Wolfe is intent on sniffing out the killer. The foul deed is committed during the contest’s final round. Only five riddles separate the contestants from the million-dollar cash prize when someone finds the sweet smell of success too intoxicating to leave to chance. Now the contest creator is dead and the answers stolen from his wallet, and it’s up to Wolfe to follow the trail of clues to a source disturbingly close to home.  …
Author(s): Rex Stout

Best Nero Wolfe Books You Should Read

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The Nero Wolfe Cookbook

Author(s): Rex Stout
Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing, Year: 1996, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 418956

Black Orchids (Nero Wolfe Mysteries)

Author(s): Rex Stout
Publisher: , Year: 1992, Size: 274 Kb, Download: lit
ID: 473046

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely best-sellers according to Washington Post, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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