Murder by the Book

Murder by the Book

When everyone who has read Leonard Dykes's unpublished manuscript--including the author himself--is found dead, Nero Wolfe, along with his sidekick, decides to set a trap....

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Title:Murder by the Book
Author:Rex Stout
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:Murder by the Book
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:246 pages pages

Murder by the Book Reviews

  • Bill  Kerwin
    May 28, 2007
    The only people who know the contents of an unpublished novel (the author, the publisher's reader, the typist of the manuscript) have been murdered, the novel has apparently been destroyed, and Nero Wolfe is determined to discover why--despite the fact that neither Wolfe nor Archie h...
  • thefourthvine
    Jan 27, 2017
    This was a reread, a palate cleanser after the rush of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, because: 1. There is never a bad time for Nero Wolfe, and 2. It's the rainy season in Los Angeles (January 18-28, roughly) This book is one of my favorites in the series. It's sharp, it's g...
  • Ashley
    Oct 05, 2012
    You had me at book-centered mystery. A clerk in a law office writes a mysterious manuscript, and a few months later, his body is pulled from the East River. Then the only person known to have read the manuscript?a young editorial assistant at the publishing house that rejected it...
  • Dave
    Jul 09, 2017
    This one often gets called one of the best Wolfes, but for me it's too uneven. First 100 pages are kind of snoozy (even with three murders) and oddly paced, and the scene with Archie and the "girls" from the office was a little dated and annoying. But Archie's trip to LA (where it rain...
  • Linda
    Jun 08, 2018
    I am a Wolfe/Goodwin fan and thoroughly enjoyed rereading this one; which I consider one of the best. Plenty of twists and turns as Wolfe tackles a mystery with apparently no client or evidence other than connection with a manuscript has meant death to three people. Great fun with the ...
  • sylph
    Jan 22, 2014
    This is the second of eleven Nero Wolfe books I'm gathering this season in order to complete my collection. It was written about 15 years after the one I read a few days ago, The League of Frightened Men, and is quite different in style and tone. It's the style most people think of whe...
  • Janet
    May 07, 2019
    A gem! ...
  • E.M. Lynley
    Jul 30, 2015
    One of my favorite Nero Wolfe books. First off, I absolutely love Michael Pritchard's performance and to me he *is* Archie. He imbues the right amount of wit and capability to Archie and the Nero Wolfe books are simply designed for audio thanks to Archie's strong character and the amu...
  • Izzy
    May 21, 2012
    I love all the Nero Wolfe books I've ever read. Archie's voice is an amazing blend of smarts and charm. I admit that I guessed the murder wrong, even though I've read it before, but while I love the mystery aspect of Stout's books, it's Archie's voice and the character interactions tha...
  • Alexis Neal
    Jun 21, 2010
    Who is Baird Archer? The police can't find anyone who's ever met him, talked to him, or seen him. As far as anyone can figure, he doesn't exist. The police--and Nero Wolfe--only know two things: (1) a manuscript ostensibly written by Baird Archer was submitted to and rejected by a New ...
  • Marybeth
    Dec 22, 2018
    Another fun Nero Wolfe mystery, most especially because Wolfe seems to be flummoxed for most of the story. We don't often see that so it's a treat when The Great Man is as much in the dark as the police. Two highlights of this one are the interactions with Inspector Cramer who, for onc...
  • Beth
    May 21, 2017
    Fun read. Interesting to see your standard murder mystery through the prism of the author's day and age. Eesh that 9 page confession letter.... I totally skimmed that.... Just to get yo the section where Nero sets out his logic of who, what and when. Not earth shaking but will let y...
  • Michael Burnam-Fink
    Feb 26, 2017
    Murder by the Book is one of the later, and better loved Nero Wolfe mysteries. I thought it was just alright, as Nero and Archie stumble through a leadless case, where three murders are linked only by a pseudonymous manuscript and its unknown contents. With little to go on, our heroes ...
  • Gloria
    Sep 23, 2018
    Overall, I enjoyed this mystery, which was this month's book group selection. The mystery was well done, with all the clues present, but with enough red herrings that it kept me guessing. That being said, the characters are somewhat dated (book was written in 1951), and I found the att...
  • Nan Silvernail
    Mar 05, 2012
    A A father from Peoria comes to Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin to hire them to solve his daughter's murder. She was a reader at a publishing firm. Her last letter said she was going to meet up with an author willing to pay to know how to make a rejected book better. The problem is tha...
  • Helen
    May 18, 2013
    Reading the ones on my shelf. If you know a book has been written revealing your terrible secret would you murder those who have read it to prevent it getting out to the public? Someone seems to have that in mind in this Nero Wolfe story. Archie is 2 minutes too late at one point and t...
  • Dan
    Sep 23, 2012
    I'm sure I've read this before. Rex Stout's Nero and Archie are my favorite mystery characters of all time. Archie is a "wag" and Nero is a genius who manages to exert pressure on the world using only his brain. ...
  • Mac Daly
    Jul 31, 2017
    Mysterious auto accidents, an apparent suicide and a missing manuscript all add up to a classic Nero Wolfe mystery. As usual, Wolfe's right hand man, Archie, does most of the work, and gets to wine and dine lovely women. It is fun to read books that were written in a past time and comp...
  • Cherie
    May 21, 2015
    Wow, when lawyers go bad. Nero, Archie and the guys have to figure out which one of them committed the murders. ...
  • Mauro
    May 21, 2015
    You read Rex Stout and you keep wondering how such a nice guy could be part of one of those organizations that want to rule the world. His crime fiction is all about the positive side of individualism and the stories are full of conservative morals. In this particular one, Archie f...
  • Amy
    Jan 18, 2019
    This is a fun mystery with plenty of twists and red herrings for those who enjoy a mystery of the Agatha Christie genre. Nero Wolfe is an unforgettable character but just as important is Archie Goodwin. Archie is the Watson to Nero's Holmes but Archie is so much more important to the s...
  • Evgeny
    Oct 31, 2012
    Inspector Cramer is a friend/archenemy of both Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. When he shows up at Wolfe's office asking for his opinion about a list of strange names found at a murdered man's place it comes as a great surprise for both detectives. Nero Wolfe does not feel like offering...
  • Leslie
    Sep 11, 2018
    Very good full length mystery. I didn't have any idea of who the guilty party was until Wolfe does his big reveal at the end & Archie was in fine form. ...
  • Jennifer
    Apr 26, 2019
    This book showcases Archie and Wolfe at their best, and the mystery is fantastic, too. ...
  • Diane K.
    Jun 11, 2018
    This is one of my favorites. Partly because a book is involved, but also an excellent mystery and good characters, including one of Rex Stout's best: the one and only Mrs. Potter! This one is a delight to read all the way through. When Rex Stout is hot, his prose is pure joy. This o...
  • Stacie  Haden
    Jan 18, 2019
    Tight! ...
  • Richard Schwindt
    Oct 20, 2017
    I have always considered this story one of the best in the series and return to it often. What makes Nero Wolfe books work is not so much the unchanging setting; the brownstone, dinners, beer and Archie, but the departures from the norm. Murder by the book contains a taut mystery conce...
  • astaliegurec
    Aug 30, 2017
    Rex Stout's "Murder by the Book (A Nero Wolfe Mystery 19)" is another of his good ones (of course, even his bad ones are better than most books). It's the 19th book in his Nero Wolfe series and was first published back in 1951. It's written in good Stout/Wolfe style, so you know exactl...
  • Glen U
    Apr 04, 2018
    "Murder By the Book" is one of my favorite Nero Wolfe mysteries. It contains all the hallmark Stout qualities of this classic series from the wry humor to the gourmet food to the mass denouement in Wolfe's office as he unmasks yet another murderer. Written in 1951, it does have the cul...
  • Dahl
    Jan 17, 2018
    Easily one of the most baffling Nero Wolfe mysteries. Three different deaths seem to have no connection but for a scrap of paper with a list of names found by Inspector Cramer. Wolfe is very reluctant to get involved at first but eventually gets pulled in to a case which perplexes even...