The Mother Hunt

The Mother Hunt When an abandoned baby is left on her doorstep the young socialite widow knows only too well the identity of the father her deceased philanderer of a husband But who is the mother The case seems like

  • Title: The Mother Hunt
  • Author: Rex Stout
  • ISBN: 9780553201154
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • When an abandoned baby is left on her doorstep, the young socialite widow knows only too well the identity of the father her deceased philanderer of a husband But who is the mother The case seems like child s play to Wolfe, until the first dead body While the police nurse their grudges against him, and the widow nurses Archie, the genius sleuth and his sidekick look foWhen an abandoned baby is left on her doorstep, the young socialite widow knows only too well the identity of the father her deceased philanderer of a husband But who is the mother The case seems like child s play to Wolfe, until the first dead body While the police nurse their grudges against him, and the widow nurses Archie, the genius sleuth and his sidekick look for the hand that rocked the cradle But nothing can pacify the killer, who s found the formula for murder and is determined to milk it for all it s worth

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    1. A British family found a baby boy on their front steps:Sorry, I got carried away: wrong story. The beginning was similar enough to that of Harry Potter story, so it is easy to make a mistake. A recent widow of a bestselling American writer found a baby boy in her vestibule with the note attached to his cloth saying that a boy should live in his father's house. Her late husband was not exactly shy when it came to women, so it was quite possible the baby was his - may I remind you the book takes p [...]

    2. One of the best in the series. A nine-month widow who has had a baby left on her doorstop wants to find out who the mother is, and she hires Wolfe to do so. Soon after, the search is transformed into a quest for the source of a unique kind of button, bodies begin to accumulate, and before long Wolfe--in order to avoid the awkward questions of Inspector Cramer--is compelled to leave his brownstone home.

    3. The mystery in this one is not one of Stout's best -- very solvable, even for the teenager I was when I first read this, and with a motive that is mostly a series of question marks. But the mysteries aren't really the point with Stout, and this book, on a character level, is nothing but fun. Wolfe is forced to LEAVE HIS HOUSE for reasons of business. He's also forced to work both for a woman and on a woman; naturally, this is a great challenge to his composure. Archie encounters a button fiend. [...]

    4. A pretty good Nero Wolfe adventure, written when the author was 77 and still, as it turned out, had seven more novels in him. This one is unique in that Wolfe is harried out of his beloved brownstone, forced to leave at a trot through the back door and down the alley as Inspector Cramer is pounding on the front door. The mystery is a good one, Archie is very much his own man, and his love-hate relationship with Wolfe is on full display. Wolfe admits he's grasping at straws as he accuses the murd [...]

    5. Brisk and fun Wolfe, which, until the mystery is actually solved, is a great picture of Wolfe and Archie working together. The last twenty pages of solution are kind of anticlimactic. And I question the device of the person-with-the-solution suddenly being dispatched; it happens twice. But other than that, you can't go wrong.

    6. I read my first Nero Wolfe mystery, "Murder by the Book", in translation into my native language, about 1970 or so. I liked it a lot, so when I came to the U.S. I was eager to read other books by Rex Stout. I believe I managed to read all 46 of them between the early Eighties and the mid-Nineties. At that time I was still able to read mystery series. Now I dislike series, but I decided to reread two or three novels in the Nero Wolfe series, just to see whether and how my reception of Mr. Stout's [...]

    7. This Nero Wolfe story only gets three stars from me because I could not understand why the murderer decided why murder must take place. However, Nero, Archie and Fritz always get at least three stars even when the story is a wash. They are always star material!Then I will add another half star because Nero was forced to leave his house on this one! A very rare event indeed.

    8. Nero Wolfe difenditi!⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ (4/5)(Nero Wolfe #38)By Rex Stout 1963È la seconda volta che leggo un racconto di Nero e devo dire che mi sono sentita già più a mio agio, mi piace davvero. Ammetto che mi ci è voluta qualche pagina per abituarmi a questo stile ma più mi inoltravo nella storia più mi piaceva la serie, credo che comunque non c’è bisogno che sia io a dire che questo scrittore sa il fatto suo. Ho tolto una stella e ne ho date 4 su 5 perché non mi piace molt [...]

    9. The Mother Hunt is one of the last Nero Wolfe novels. There is a bit of a wheeze to the plotting and some of it is not up to Wolfe's best, yet Wolfe is Wolfe. Stout is always worth reading. There are some special bits in this story: Wolfe willingly leaves the house, Archie gets a new love interest, and the Del Bonner Agency gets a shout-out (Bonner is the female detective created by Stout). Archie and Wolfe attempt to find the mother of an abandoned baby. The search takes them from the office of [...]

    10. Really enjoyed this one. Part of the reason is that I've been reading the books with the stories inside. The full books are so much better. That Nero had to hide out in a woman's home (he has issues), without his personal chef, or his orchids, and had to walk several blocks. It was that or be arrested. Such a crisis. He solved the mystery he was hired for. But since his investigation got two people killed, he felt annoyed enough to solve the murders.

    11. I have an old Fontana edition of this book and didn't realise until the end that 10 pages were missing. So I may never find out who the murderer was but that didn't stop me from enjoying being back in the world of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.

    12. Much of the suspense in detective stories is when they are doing things that are normally considered wrong.

    13. I’d like to give The Mother Hunt 4.5 stars. The reason I don’t give it 5 stars is because I wasn’t convinced the murderer/culprit had a good enough reason to commit the murders.

    14. Typical Nero Wolfe. Clever ending. As with all series which go on for a long time, it gets harder and harder to accept Cramer's endless disbelief in Wolfe.

    15. Finalmente Archie ammette di essere innamorato! (un po' esile come movente e spiegazioni, ma io di NW mi leggo tutto!)

    16. Unique writing style and the story held my interest, but subtracted one star for the misogynistic attitude of the main character Nero Wolfe. Even as a sign of those times, I found it offensive.

    17. Continuing my reread of Rex Stout, and enjoying every minute of it. :) Even the books that aren't quite Stout's absolute best are still a pleasure to read.The Mother Hunt is one of the Stout books that I remembered most clearly from my previous read of the series (nine years ago). It's an ingenious and idiosyncratic setup, eventually putting Archie & Wolfe in real danger of going to jail. They sail close to the law in many of the books, but here they step over the line, and only a solution t [...]

    18. Nero Wolfe on tonnin seitsemäsosan (143 kg, luk. huom.) painoinen yksityisetsivä, joka keskittyy lähinnä herkutteluun ja orkideoiden hoitoon, eikä juurikaan poistu kotoaan, vaan jättää käytännön tutkimustyöt apulaistensa Archie Goodwinin, Saul Panzerin, Fred Durkinin ja Orrie Catherin hoidettaviksi. Kertojana toimii Archie Goodwin, joka asuu Nero Wolfen talossa kuten myös talouden ylläpidosta huolehtiva kokki Fritz.Nero Wolfe saa asiakkaakseen leskinaisen, jonka eteiseen on jätett [...]

    19. A baby is left at the door of a recent widow with a note saying that a boy should grow up in his father's house. Fortunately, the widow is wealthy enough to hire Nero Wolfe to find out who left it there, who the mother is and if his father was really her late husband. But as Wolfe and Archie Goodwin start investigating the bodies begin to pile up. Suddenly, it's much more serious than a game of button-button-who's-got-the-button.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~SPOILERS WRAPPED UP IN [...]

    20. So far so good. I am glad I found this author and his characters Nero and Archie. This would be a 'I can't put it down' type of book - but there is so much to think about that I can usually just read a chapter or two and then I get thinking. Not just about the actual mystery in the book, but about the flowers and food items that are constantly mentioned. I have to put the book down and spend a bit of time with google to see for myself exactly what THAT flower looks like or what THAT dish has in [...]

    21. A wealthy widow has a baby left on her doorstep with the claim that the Baby was her late husband's child born out of wedlock. She hires Wolfe to find out who the mother is.The task is impossible but as usual Wolfe comes up with a plan thanks to the unusual buttons on the baby's outfit. However, when the buttons traced to its source, a nurse who'd cared for the baby-the nurse is murdered. Wolfe and Archie find themselves in a tight spot with the cops as they try to find the mother, but are invar [...]

    22. Far above the average mystery for Nero Wolfe. This volume balances the usual interplay between the stock characters with a solid actual mystery plot that is unraveled in a clear telling.One interesting thing about this volume is the frank and open discussion of the mid-1960s realities of unwanted children. Stout describes in detail the bizarrely informal fostering network that used to be the best way to dispose of an unwanted child if you could afford it. The long leaves of absence that were nee [...]

    23. nero wolfe's misogyny is just barely tolerable because it's clear his opinions do not coincide with the author's own . . . but again, only just barely. i want to zap myself into these books, hunt wolfe down, and then psychoanalyze the hell out of him. i think it'd be fun (oral fixation much?????), although i don't think wolfe would agree. well, here's a newsflash for you, mr. wolfe: women don't like you, either!with that said, i did have a fun time reading this. best lines:"She sipped a Bloody M [...]

    24. #38 in the Nero Wolfe series. There are two interesting aspects to this superior series entry. First, Wolfe and Archie have withheld evidence from the police. Not a unique circumstance, but if Inspector Cramer finds they knew the murdered woman, they will be jailed as material witnesses. Therefore they depart the West 35th St. brownstone until they can provide proof nailing the killer.Second, Archie engages in a romantic alliance with the client. In fact, at one point Wolfe tells Archie to take [...]

    25. "The Mother Hun"t is a humorous, historical mystery. Though this book is a part of the Nero Wolfe series, each novel is a stand-alone. You don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one.The setting was Manhattan, NY, in 1963 (the same year it was written, though it's "historical" now.) The story was a fast-paced, quick read with some suspense created by the number of dead-ends they hit. While the whodunit was guessable, it could have easily been one of several people, and we're no [...]

    26. I do enjoy Rex Stout. My father did not read a lot of books, but he did read the Nero Wolfe series. I've always wondered if he saw himself in Archie! I had not read this one before so I gave it a try. At first there is no murder; Wolfe is hired to find the mother of an abandoned baby. When he gets close to finding the mother, his most important source of information is murdered. So now he needs to find the mother and a murderer. This becomes even more important when another person is murdered, u [...]

    27. Another good detective novel from Rex Stout. It's not the best Stout I've read; the plot is a little leaky at the end, but there is no absence of the wonderful character interplay you would expect from the protagonists Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. In this tale, a philanderer's widow gets a baby basket on her doorstep, and she charges Wolfe with the task of finding if it is indeed her husband's baby, and who is the mother. After some unexpected turns, Wolfe is uncharacteristically stumped, and [...]

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