When a renowned theater director senses something amiss during his latest production, he calls in Nero Wolfe. Read more...
When 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 unseen culprit during an evening performance. In short order, an actor whose health is failing attempts suicide with the same poison.
Now Goodwin is a prime suspect in the director's demise, effectively sidelining him for the rest of the case, and freelance gumshoe Saul Panzer must step in to help wrangle the various members of the play--from the ingenue and the diva to the handsome movie star and the surly stage manager--so New York's smartest, and most reclusive, private detective can determine who is responsible for these dramatic deaths and clear Goodwin's name once and for all.
Continuing his beloved series--which also includes Archie Meets Nero Wolfe, Murder in the Ball Park, and Archie in the Crosshairs--Nero Award-winning author Robert Goldsborough "brings Nero Wolfe, late of Rex Stout, gloriously back to life" (Chicago).
Murder, Stage Left is the 59th book in the Nero Wolfe Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
- ISBN-13: 9781504041119
- ISBN-10: 1504041119
- Publisher: Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road
- Publish Date: March 2017
- Page Count: 246
- Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds
Series: Nero Wolfe Mysteries (Paperback)
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-23
- Reviewer: Staff
Broadway provides the backdrop for Goldsboroughs superior 12th Nero Wolfe pastiche (after 2016s Stop the Presses!). A fellow orchid connoisseur, Lewis Hewitt, tells the sedentary sleuth that a friend of his, Roy Breckenridge, needs Wolfes help. Lewiss offer of some rare flowers is enough to get Wolfe to meet Breckenridge, whos both producing and directing the hit show Death at Cresthaven, a murder mystery. The impresario is uneasy about something regarding the production that he can only articulate as a vague tension. Wolfe hits on the idea of sending his able leg man, Archie Goodwin, undercover. Posing as a Canadian theatrical journalist, Archie interviews the cast and crew for a purported article. He manages to get some information but not enough to prevent a fatal poisoning and his being suspected of culpability. Even die-hard Rex Stout fans will have a hard time distinguishing Goldsboroughs prose and plotting from the originals. Agent: Erik Simon, Martha Kaplan Agency. (Mar.)