Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Murder by the Book, by Rex Stout

This is one of the Nero Wolfe books, I'm not sure I've ever actually read one of these but they sure are entertaining to listen to.  After my mishap with the last book I tried to listen to (see my entry on The Ionian Mission) I made sure I could finish this one before the time expired.  It was easier b/c the book was much shorter, something around 7 hours, so 3 weeks was plenty of time to complete it.
The mystery was good, although there is a bit of a let down at the end when you're about to find out how Wolfe got past the killers alibi, the police instpector suddenly jumps in to arrest the guy and shut him up.  THe book then ends with a guilty jury verdict, I guess Stout didn't have a good alibi breaker in mind and went for the old deus ex machina. 
Still, I listen to these books for the wit & entertainment of the narrator Archie Goodwin, and not for the brilliance of the mysteries.  This book didn't disappoint on what I enjoy this most.

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