Too Many Cooks (Nero Wolfe Mysteries)
ISBN: 055327290X
EAN13: 9780553272901
Language: English
Pages: 179
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 6.7" L x 4.2" W
Weight: 0.03 lbs.
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As Nero Wolfe prepares to speak at a gathering of the world's great chefs, one is found indelicately murdered. When the target for killing shifts to himself, the great detective must close this case quickly or his next meal may be his last.

World-class cuisine, charming company . . . The secret ingredient is poison.

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, Wolfe was lured from his brownstone to a post southern spa to deliver the keynote address. He never expected that between courses of haute cuisine he and Archie would be compelled to detect a killer with a poison touch--a killer preparing to serve the great detective his last supper.

It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore.--The New York Times Book Review

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 fictional detectives of all time. Together, Stout and Wolfe have entertained--and puzzled--millions of mystery fans around the world. Now, with his perambulatory man-about-town, Archie Goodwin, the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth is back in the original seventy-three cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout.

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   Too Many Cooks, by Rex Stout
For those who are queasy about political correctness, well, Stout isn't, and it isn't because he isn't aware of the issues. “Too Many Cooks” was written in the 1930's, and the issues are the same now as they were then, surprisingly enough. It's very interesting to see his approach to the battles of the sexes, the races, the detectives, the police, and the chefs as Wolfe’s assistant Archie continues his quest for the perfect wife.

Stout always includes timely topics in his stories, and reading a novel written 80 years ago will give you a quick glimpse of the popular ebb and tide of the day. Mr. Wolfe is reading "Inside Europe" by John Gunther. One of the wonders of modern crime fighting is discussed. . . fingerprinting. . . J. Edgar Hoover's name is bandied about, as is Gypsy Rose Lee's.
Quick, what's the definition of the word, "miasma?" How about, "insouciance?" After you look up the actual meanings, by the end of the novel, you begin to own the words.
Stout's recipe for a story includes many deft literary maneuvers that add up to the creation of a world that openly invites one in as if one were coming home. His use of Archie as the constant first person narrator is a masterful use of a difficult voice.
Stout wrote these stories over a period of 41 years. Taken in order, as a single saga, they represent an overview of the 20th century in the United States.