Death Times Three

Death Times Three Archie Goodwin has his hands full when three baffling murders make him the recipient of a poisonous lunch the fall guy for a beautiful woman and the target of the U S Federal Government Reissue

  • Title: Death Times Three
  • Author: Rex Stout John J. McAleer
  • ISBN: 9780553763058
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Paperback
  • Archie Goodwin has his hands full when three baffling murders make him the recipient of a poisonous lunch, the fall guy for a beautiful woman, and the target of the U.S Federal Government Reissue.

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    1. Recently I was doing a forage of my physical shelves in search of a Bachman book when I came across three of the typically slender Rex Stout novels and knew immediately that I would revisit that brownstone on 35th street, occupied by none other than Nero Wolfe and household. I’ve been here before and as usual I gain entry to the brownstone through the always dapper Mr. Goodwin, Nero’s right hand man. Archie is not without influence in this household and I have it on good authority that he is [...]

    2. I would not call this anthology shameless cash grab after Rex Stout's death; cash grab - yes, shameless - no. I will try to explain below. The anthology consists of three novellas: Bitter end.Wolfe's personal cook extraordinaire Fritz was sick, so the detective had to cook for himself with really disastrous results. By the way, from the rest of the series I had an impression that Wolfe himself was a decent cook, but not here. The poor guy fell really low and had to use canned food only to realiz [...]

    3. Death Times Three is the final collection of Nero Wolfe novellas. Published posthumously, it does not consist of previously unpublished works but rather three works which--for various reasons--never achieved book publication in precisely this form, during his lifetime. Two of the tales had already been published with slightly different characters and conclusions: "Frame Up for Murder" as "Murder is No Joke" in And Four to Go (1958) and "Assault on a Brownstone" as "Counterfeit for Murder" in "Ho [...]

    4. Even though this was the last published book of Rex Stout's work, featuring Nero Wolfe, it was still my introduction to the famed detective. Death Times Three features three short stories/ novellas; Bitter End, Frame-up for Murder and Assault on a Brownstone. I didn't really have any sort of clue about Nero Wolfe and was interested to find out more about him and his assistant Archie Goodwin, who is, in effect, Wolfe's arms and legs. Wolfe never leaves his brownstone in New York and uses the inve [...]

    5. DEATH TIMES THREE. (Various dates). Rex Stout. **1/2.This is a collection of three short stories featuring Nero Wolfe and his circle of supporters. Each had been published earlier in other venues. They were:BITTER END: First published in 1940. The case revolves around a situation where a manufacturer’s product is being contaminated with quinine to make it bitter and unpalatable to his usual consumers. **FRAME-UP FOR MURDER: First published serially in The Saturday Evening Post in 1958. The set [...]

    6. It's the heavy heart read, the last of the books, the new story Bitter Ends is a fun one to read after Family Affair. We see Wolfe and Archie at their finest and with funny moments as well. A great story which was adapted from the T. Fox story that Stout wrote.The other two are variations of stories that have been released before. The one Frame Up For Murder changes one character by making her 20 years younger. This involves Archie more in the story and shows how much changing one character chan [...]

    7. Another excellent set of Nero Wolfe mysteries. In the first story Wolfe gets revenge for his offended palate and solves a murder along the way.In the second story Wolfe and Archie are the alibi for a beautiful woman in the murder of her brother's evil wife. Or are they?And finally, has Archie's taste in women changed so much that Hattie Annis is his new amore? And when a package of $20s that Hattie left at Wolfe's brownstone turns out to be counterfeit will Archie convince Wolfe to help investig [...]

    8. It's not fair to say that these are bad stories, but they are unnecessary. Two of them are rewrites of stories already in the canon, and they aren't different enough to warrant publication. The other is a rewrite of a non Wolfe story that Stout wrote, and the fact that he never had it published for most of his lifetime suggests that he wasn't overly fond of it. Unfortunately, this book comes off as an unnecessary cash grab. And I'm always uncomfortable with book printed after an author has died, [...]

    9. Another Nero Wolfe threesome--that is to say, a collection of three novellas featuring our favorite fattie and his back-talking sidekick, Archie Goodwin.In 'Bitter End', Wolfe partakes of a jar of pate that has been laced with quinine. He is, of course, outraged at the insult to his palate, and vows to catch the guilty party. So off Archie goes to Tingley's Tidbits to snoop around. But when Arthur Tingley himself winds up with his throat cut, things get complicated--not least because Wolfe's cli [...]

    10. Posthumous publications are always a problem because you have to assume that the author had some reason for not printing the story. In this case we have a mixed bag of three novellas that are either lesser known but published rewrites, or were discarded drafts of stories that appeared under another name. The Bitter End rewrite of the Tecumseh Fox novel Bad for Business is easily the best of the lot. It is fully populated and is only as ridiculous as your average Wolfe novel. In his introduction, [...]

    11. #47 and the final Nero Wolfe Book: so sad. It is another of his trilogies: "Bitter End," "Frame-Up for Murder," and "Counterfeit for Murder. "Only the first novella is entirely new, and counted as the 39th Wolfe novella. "Frame-Up" is an expanded version of "Murder is No Joke"; the former was serialized in three installments in the Saturday Evening Post; the latter appeared in the book And Four to Go. The version of "Counterfeit" that we read here is the original one, which differs markedly from [...]

    12. My penchant for vintage mysteries recently prompted me to pick up this one. All three mysteries were most entertaining. And, I love the interaction between Nero Wolf and Archie Goodwin which adds so much to the reads. This novel included a most interesting introduction by John McAleer, Stout's official biographer, whose insights into the author's character and work were fascinating. The first tale was "Bitter End" wherein Archie finds himself involved with a lovely young woman - again! Archie an [...]

    13. #47 entry, and final book, in the Nero Wolfe series. The collection, published 10 years posthumously, contains two novellas to add to the 38 known in the Wolfe canon at the time of Stout's death. In addition, Frame-Up for Murder was published in the Saturday Evening Post as a 79 page expansion of the 48 page Murder Is No Joke published in book form in 1958. A pleasure to finish the Wolfe series with a trio of little seen stories.Nero Wolfe series - Death Times Three is a collection of Nero Wolfe [...]

    14. This is an unexpected treat! Here we have three Nero Wolfe novellas anthologized for the first time in 1985, a decade subsequent to Rex Stout's death in 1975. My first reading of the Nero Wolfe canon, regarded as 33 novels and 38 novellas until Death Times Three, began around 1973; thus for the last 30 years I had assumed I'd read everything there was to read. Here are three tales, each for a different reason a rewrite for Stout, which have the master's touch and bear reading on their own.These [...]

    15. Three Nero Wolfe Mysteries1) Bitter End - Disaster! Chef Fritz Brenner is forced to stay in bed with La Grippe. Archie Goodwin is making do with canned beans and pickles. Nero Wolfe tries a jar of Tingley's Tidbits, best Liver Pate No. 3 and explodes with fury and revulsion! Some dastard has put quinine in it! Wolfe's palate is outraged and Archie is splattered with spit out pate. Someone is going to pay! But when the man who makes the stuff is found dead, it is not by Wolfe's hand. Someone in t [...]

    16. Bitter EndWhen Fritz falls ill, it's up to Nero Wolfe to fend food for himself. And, wouldn't you know it, the can of liver pate that he eats is poisoned. It's not directed at Wolfe though. No, several cans have problems and Wolfe decides that he will take the case gratis, he's just that pissed off. Frame-Up for MurderThis is one of the stories that pops up regularly on podcasts. Well, the radio version. Anyway, Archie is approached by the sister of a famous designer. She wants his help to figur [...]

    17. This appears to be the last Rex Stout book published, although the three novellas contained in it aren't new ones, but new versions of already published works. The first one, Bitter End, originally had another detective, Tecumseh Fox, as the main character, who had to soldier on without his own Archie Goodwin. The second one, Frame-Up for Murder, was originally Murder Is No Joke, which appeared in And Four to Go. The last one, Assault on a Brownstone, was originally Counterfeit for Murder, and a [...]

    18. Death Times Three includes 3 novellas featuring the famous armchair detective Nero Wolfe and his assistant Archie Goodwin. All of the Nero Wolfe mysteries take place in Manhattan through the 1930-70s. The first in this compilation, Bitter End, starts out with contaminated liver pate and continues with the search for a murderer. Following after that is Frame-Up For Murder where Archie is entreated by a beautiful young woman to help her brother save his fashion business only for the waters to be m [...]

    19. One unpublished story, and two different versions of stories already published. They're not the best Wolfe tales, but they're still pretty enjoyable. Best is Assault on a Brownstone.

    20. Death Times Three is not a complete novel, but rather a collection of 3 short stories, 'Bitter End', 'Frame-up For Murder' and 'Assault on a Brownstone'.The best is 'Bitter End' where Nero Wolfe is determined to find the culprit who has been tampering with his favorite brand of pate. If he solves a murder in the meantime that's just a bonus.Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories are an interesting mix of American and British mystery writing. Nero Wolf is an eccentric loner in the British tradition of Sh [...]

    21. If this book were being released today, I could easily see it being titled "Wolfe's B-sides and Remixes." And then Stout would burst into flames.We've got a story that was originally a novel for one of Stout's other characters, boiled down and tweaked to be a Wolfe mystery. Which felt pretty fresh, I've gotta say, pretty satisfying work.Another was a different version of a story I read for the first time this year, and while I liked this version, the one that Stout went with originally is far be [...]

    22. Three nice novellas -- "Bitter End," "Frame Up for Murder," and "Assault on a Brownstone." "Frame Up" had been in another anthology, but it was still fun. I was intrigued by "Assault" and its animus for the Secret Service/Treasury Dept. I wonder if there's a backgroundt there for Stout, or just a Wolfe-ism. He seems to hate them even for than the FBI. By Wolfe standards, There weren't sterling witticisms, but there were a couple not so bad ones. My fav was possibly "You can't base your actions o [...]

    23. It was interesting to explore these stories after reading the history provided in the introduction. Like many others, I continue to re-read Nero Wolfe stories for the wonderful prose -- even though I often remember from the first few pages what twists will come down the line. Here, even though I had literally just read the well-known version of one of the stories the day before reading the "alternate" version included in this collection, I still enjoyed seeing how the dynamics changed between th [...]

    24. One new story which was good and from the 1940s I think. And a couple of alternate versions of already read stories. This was published several years after Stout's death. All are well-written. I am sorry to be at the end. I have now read all of the Nero Wolfe books. That is, all of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books. There are some more written by others. I shall read those sometime.

    25. 3.75 stars! I liked these three short-ish stories by Rex Stout. The dialogue and the sentences were crisp and concise. The characters and mysteries were developed quickly with lots of interest and directness and surprising conclusions. I enjoy how the language conveys the reader to the time period when these were written. Pfui! I think this is my last Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin! What flummery!

    26. I liked this particular Nero Wolfe story very much. Maybe because I know it's the last one published (found after Rex Stout passed), but morely like because Archie Godwin is at his very jauntiest. I always see Archie as actor Timothy Hutton and wish I could find that TV series on disc or streaming. If you've got suggestions for me where to search, hand 'em over, Buster!

    27. The mysteries were good. The writing was good. But the three stories were so similar that if it wasn't for the names of the characters changing you would be hard pressed to know which story you were reading. It would have been much more enjoyable if they had been different.

    28. This book contains one original story & two stories that were rewritten by Stout. I'd recommend reading the new one & you can skip the other two. He changed the characters a bit & how the plot was revealed, but it wasn't such a drastic change that you'll miss anything by skipping them.

    29. It is implausible but ever since I discovered the existence of this final book I have kept it on my shelf waiting to read when I can't put it off any longer. I guess I always want to believe Nero and Archie have one more surprise left for me when I need it.

    30. I really think that Stout's forte was in the novella. These 3 are no exception with some of the characterization (including Hattie Annis) is the best there is.

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