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Champagne for One [Hardcover]

Rex Stout
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Jan. 23 1992
Archie happens to be at the annual Grantham House dinner party when a girl drops dead from drinking poisoned champagne. Archie knows there is only one man who can solve this mystery - Nero Wolfe.

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In this 1958 Nero Wolfe mystery, the rotund, beer-guzzling supersleuth and his sidekick, Archie Goodwin, endeavor to prove that a socialite's apparent suicide was actually a murder.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars My first Nero Wolfe, but not my last Nov. 13 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read all of the other reviews and was prompted to buy this book, because there was a consensus that this was one of his best books or the start of a solid string of Wolfe novels. The only problem with the other reviews I have is that none of them, really take into account the first time Wolfe reader. I found the dialogue and interaction between Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin very intriguing. It shares some similarities of the genius detective and his trusty sidekick. The difference being here that Archie is more the eyes and ears and the man about town that Wolfe is not. If you read Christie or Conan Doyle, then you may tire of the dolt of a sidekick who can never figure out in the slightest what the hero detective is up to. While Wolfe is the genius here, the story revolves around the fact that Archie is present to the supposed suicide of a young single mother that he feels is actually a murder. It is Wolfe's trust in Archie that commits him to the case at hand. Throughout the way the police and other parties try to convince Wolfe to give it up, but his intelligence and the resourcefulness of Archie and company find the truth. Truly an entertaining story and intriguing characters. It is clear from Stout fanatics that it is worth the read, and take it from a first time reader as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great nero wolfe book. Aug. 14 2001
By Susan B
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the best of Nero Wolfe. I also recommend Some Buried Caesar, one of more light-hearted books. I read Rex Stout nearly 20 years ago and have just started re-reading them. I am enjoying them more the second time around that i did the first. the plots and characters are ageless! I can still laugh at the unique interplay betwee Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe, still envy the freedom of Nero's lifestyle, and still admire the plots. One of the great things about Rex Stout, is that (unlike some mystery writers that I could name), he doesn't hold out clues or keep secrets that the hero discloses at the end. He gives you the clues (sometimes tossed out in the middle of a paragraph). And sometimes, just sometimes, the reader get the thrill of solving the mystery!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rex Stout triumphs again in CHAMPAGNE FOR ONE Feb. 1 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
With his usual crotchedy charm, private eye Nero Wolfe tackles another mystery, this one involving the death of a young unwed mother, in Champagne for One. Mixing in with the horrors of death are the poignant story of a girl in trouble trusting philanthropists to take care of her, and the careless class of the wealthy who are indifferent to everything save their own public images. Engrossing and suspenseful, Champagne for One is a quick read that will leave you wanting to devour more of Rex Stout's wonderful Nero Wolfe mysteries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Wolfe outing Aug. 14 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A straightforward mystery to does a young woman commit suicide in front of a watchful Archie Goodwin. She didn't as Archie contends and Wolfe proves; she was murdered. The whole gang investigates in this one and it will keep you guessing as there are a variety of reasons for young Faith Usher's demise. The ending is a little weak as it relies on police investigation to tie the murderer up but a good addition to the series.
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