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Over My Dead Body is the seventh Nero Wolfe detective novel The story first appeared in abridged form in The American Magazine By the time it was published the WolfeGoodwin books had become an established series but Wolfe's background had never been explored Here Stout starts to do clarify Wolfe’s youth by bringing in in a number of characters including some from Montenegro Carla Lovchen and Neya Tormic two young women from Montenegro come to Wolfe's office asking for help Miss Tormic has been accused of a theft of diamonds from the locker room where she works She claims the accusation to be false and cannot afford to pay Wolfe’s fee but she has a document that shows Wolfe adopted her when she was an infant Although he has never seen her since Wolfe agrees to undertake the investigation As Archie is dispatched to investigate murder is discovered In the end Wolfe gets the main characters together in his office and in the manner typical of the series he will expose the murderer and the motive


10 thoughts on “Over My Dead Body

  1. says:

    While this WolfeGoodwin outing wasn't terrible it wasn't one of their best either Yes you have to ignore racism in so many early 20th century books but this started in this book on the first pageUntil I reached the 50% mark there wasn't much of the usual WolfeGoodwin banter and I found the plot confused and confusing From the half way point the story does pick up thoughWhile I should have guessed whodunnit I didn't and I think that might have been my general lack of interest in the result I always found this series very uneven the modern euivalent would be the Kinsey Millhone series and one average book won't stop me reading further


  2. says:

    Nero Wolfe is lazy He only works when his bank account strongly demands it At the beginning of the book he has enough money not to bother with any cases or clients for a while When a young Yugoslavian woman shows up asking the detective to help her compatriot and friend with the trouble over accusations of a theft Nero Wolfe refuses right away without bothering to listen to her pleas The woman drops a bomb literally speaking which left both him and Archie Goodwin speechless as well as yours truly when I read it the first time Nero Wolfe has to start the investigation which became personal for him and a little later for Archie Goodwin as well My standard disclaimer about practically any Nero Wolfe novel applies here The banter between characters as well as Archie Goodwin's witty remarks are priceless These by themselves would make up for a good book This one has a fairly complicated mystery as well which kept the great detective and his sidekick baffled until practically the very end Speaking of the latter Archie Goodwin shows himself a good detective on his own right not on Nero Wolfe level but uite competent nonetheless For the additional bonus there was an action scene involving Nero Wolfe whose lifestyle usually insures he does not have any The rating is four stars for a good book which is on the level with the uality for the whole series This review is a copypaste of my LeafMarks one


  3. says:

    Verified PurchaseReviewed in the United States on December 31 2019Format Kindle EditionOne of the convoluted Nero Wolfe talesReview of Kindle editionPublication date July 13 2018Language EnglishASIN B07FLFP4FFcom Sales Rank 86732189 pagesFine Nero Wolfe mystery featuring international intrigue finance royals fencing Wolfe's daughter the FBI and of course murder I recommend reading the introduction as an afterwards unless you wish to know some story details in advanceWhere was Nero Wolfe born? This story brings confusion to the issue contradicting other accounts in the canon The introduction to this book attempts to shed some light on the matter and clear the confusion Personally I will stick with William S Baring Gould who in his biography of Nero Wolfe popularized the theory that Wolfe was born in the Balkins the son of Irene Adler and Sherlock HolmesNot the best of the Nero Wolfe mysteries but still exciting and engrossing Wolfe works to clear his daughter of a diamond theft and murder His daughter? Who knew? This one reveals tidbits of Wolfe's backgroundNote that the edition I read claims 189 pages in the description The edition at which this review appears on Goodreads claims 271 pages


  4. says:

    The seventh book in the Nero Wolfe series and we learn some interesting facts about the genius detective Even Archie Goodwin is shocked to learn that Wolfe has a daughter And there was a time when he didn't spend all of his time in his brownstone on W 35th Street tending his orchids and enjoying gourmet meals prepared by his personal chef Fritz Brenner A time when he was active in Montenegro politicsIt is 1938 the eve of World War II The United States is officially neutral but Americans have strong opinions on events in Europe A Balkan beauty shows up at Wolfe's door and wants to hire Wolfe to help her friend who has been accused of stealing some diamonds Both women are instructors at a fencing school and the missing diamonds belonged to one of the students Her ace card? She claims to be his long lost daughter and has a document to prove itWolfe sends his confidential assistant and leg man Archie Goodwin to look into the matter and the situation is resolved almost immediately and without any real effort But this being a Nero Wolfe story there is a murder at the fencing school while Archie is there He also finds something that makes his own situation look very badThis is one of the most complex convoluted and political of the Nero Wolfe stories that I have read but it is still entertaining and enjoyable due in large part to the relationships and interplay among the various characters At one point Inspector Cramer shows up at Wolfe's brownstone and refuses to leave fearing he will not get back in the door He is convinced Wolfe knows something and tells him he will even follow him into the kitchen when he makes salad dressing Wolfe patiently explains you don't make salad dressing in the kitchen You make it in the dining room and use it right away And here I always thought you went to the supermarket and bought a bottleNero Wolfe stories are always an enjoyable and nostalgic trip into a different time Roadsters pay phones bell boys etc Open a Nero Wolfe book and step into different era There is some outdated slang and use of ethnic terms that may be hard to follow or tolerate but overall Nero Wolfe remains one of the genres most uniue and enjoyable characters


  5. says:

    One of the convoluted Nero Wolfe talesOutstanding Nero Wolfe mystery featuring international intrigue finance royals fencing Wolfe's daughter Inspector Cramer the FBI and of course murder I recommend reading the introduction as an afterwards unless you wish to know some story details in advanceWhere was Nero Wolfe born? This story brings confusion to the issue contradicting other accounts in the canon The introduction to this book attempts to shed some light on the matter and clear the confusion Personally I will stick with William S Baring Gould who in his biography of Nero Wolfe popularized the theory that Wolfe was born in the Balkins the son of Irene Adler and Sherlock Holmes


  6. says:

    A woman arrives from the Balkans is she Nero Wolfe's daughter? An enjoyable mystery


  7. says:

    We learn some things about Nero as a young man in Montenegro A nice twist at the end Nero claims to have been born in the US In a later book he says he is a naturalized citizen Puzzling


  8. says:

    wow who knew that Nero Wolfe had a DAUGHTER and was a freedom fighter in his youth WOW and learned even about the area of SerbiaCroatia


  9. says:

    I have read most of the Nero Wolf Books by Rex Stout several times over If I had list of my admired authors he would be on itIn the seventh edition we find Wolf has two visitors from Montenegro Neya Tormic wants him to investigate a diamond robbery in which Neya is accused of taking the diamonds As usual Wolf refuse to get involve until Neya tells him she has the paper that says he adopted her when she was two years old Wolf sends Archie to investigate While he is there a murder is committed Archie's actions will amuse you The ending is uniue and Wolf wins again I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES


  10. says:

    I had no idea who did the murder but I was in good company Wolfe seems often to know who and why very early though he doesn't tell us In this he admitted even uite late in the novel that he didn't know who did it Inspector Cramer spent time hanging around in this one which was certainly different He said it was because he didn't have any idea who did it and he figured if he stayed near Wolfe then things would certainly become clear Archie displayed brilliance than usual but he just used his brains to make sure he was following Wolfe's instructionsOthers have mentioned the freuent use of 1930s slang in this series I must admit I had not attributed it to the slang of the period so much as Archie's glib way of talking I'm less sure for instance that alphabet piano was the slang of the times than simply Archie's way of referring to a typewriter That sort of thing and that Archie and Wolfe had to use code because there were always others hanging around kept me on my reading toesThis series continues to be enjoyable I'm not sure this will be a favorite however