THE IRREPRESSIBLE ARCHIE AND THE INCOMPARABLE NERO WOLFE IN THREE OF THEIR UNIQUE EXERCISES IN MURDER!
1. A DOSE OF POISON - -There were twelve suspects - and they just happened to be the twelve most beautiful models in New York!
2. A BUTCHER KNIFE - - Archie saw it - still stuck in the dame's ribs - and the corpse was at Nero's door!
3. A DEADLY LASSO - - The Most famous cowboy of them all . . . but the rope was around his own neck!
"All three are ingenious and colorful, with as much plot-interest as a full-length mystery."
Poison a la Carte:
"Confound it, Felix! I have avowed my responsibility. I have apologized. Are you here for the gloomy satisfaction of reproaching me?" (p. 58)
Method Three for Murder: [Mr. Kearns, an irate visitor :]"'I demand an explanation! I intend to hold you to account for alienating the affection of my wife.'
'Affections,' Wolfe said.
'Affections. In that context the plural is used.' He lifted the glass and drank, and licked his lips.
Kearns stared at him. 'I didn't come here,' he said, 'to have my grammar corrected.'
'Not grammar. Diction.'" (p. 118)
Rodeo Murder: "I have nothing to contribute to this frolic." (p. 156)
Poison a la Carte: Opens with Archie's hilarious attempt to
collect the phone numbers of twelve professional actresses dressed in stolas, while Fritz
Brenner prepares this year's banquet for the Ten for Aristology. We hear about this famed group of gastronomes here for the
first time. A good mystery.
Method Three for Murder: Wonderful Wolfe-Archie polemics
-- opens with Archie storming out of the house after quitting, and running into would-be cab
driver Mira Holt on the threshold. The following exchange noted above, between Wolfe and a client, is one of my all-time favorites.
Rodeo Murder: Also known as The Penthouse Murder. Opens up at Lily Rowan's penthouse suite, where a host of Western caricatures are about to compete in a New York-style rodeo. Wolfe has been lured out of his retreat by the promise of endangered, protected birds, casually slaughtered at Ms. Rowan's orders. Not one of my favorite stories, mostly because of the cowboy characters.