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Rex Stout
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March 1 1995 Nero Wolfe Mysteries
Why did the late multimillionaire Noel Hawthorne leave a peach, a pear and an apple to his sisters, April, May and June? And why is the bulk of his estate to go to a woman most definitely not his wife?

The able, astute and unscrupulous detective Nero Wolfe must get to the bottom of a will that has left a whirlpool of menace...and a legacy of murder that's about to be fulfilled.

"The grand master in great form." (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"It is always a treat to [hear] a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Nero Wolfe, the fat detective of Rex Stout's novels, towers over his rivals...he is an exceptional character creation." -- The New Yorker

"Rex Stout, through the voice of Archie telling us about his world (a full third of which was occupied by Nero Wolfe), raised detective fiction to the level of art with these books. He gave us genius of at least two kinds, and a strong realist voice that was shot through with hope." -- Walter Mosley --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Rex Stout (1886-1975) is dubbed the Grand Old Man of American Crime Fiction. During his lifetime, he published 72 mysteries; ten years after his death, a 73rd Nero Wolfe mystery was discovered and published. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wolfe Shines Again Nov. 18 2010
By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Where There's A Will is the eighth novel in Rex Stout's long-running Nero Wolfe series, published in 1940. In it, we meet the famous Hawthorne sisters, three women who have wealth and power in the fields of politics, academia and acting respectively. They have just buried their brother and are outraged to find that in his will, he left symbolic fruit to the sisters, a pittance to his wife (disfigured by him in a bow-and-arrow accident, she always wears a veil to conceal her face) and the remaining $7 million to his mistress. It's not the money, it's the scandal that has them so upset, and they want Nero Wolfe to find a way to persuade Naomi, the mistress, to give up at least half of that bequest. Despite the dire state of his bank account, Wolfe is not interested, until it turns out that the brother was murdered - and his is not the only body to turn up dead in the course of this investigation! I adore all the Nero Wolfe books (those I've read so far, anyway) and this is no exception, with the added twist that solving the crime rests on Wolfe's knowledge of botany, a nice convergence of two of his main interests. Recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars For Wolfe Junkies Nov. 25 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
If you have read three or four Nero Wolfe books, and liked them, you will like this book. What's not to like about three sisters named April, May and June?
This is somewhat of an "inside baseball" of Wolfe -- lots of characters, constant action. Not a long book, but alot of content.
Wolfe leaves his home, which is always an interesting twist, given how much he hates it.
Wold almost gets arrested and taken to Police HQ. He dictates a letter before he is to be taken, and staves it off. The letter is vintage Rex Stout.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rex Stout on Nero Wolfe is always worth a read Aug. 12 1999
Format:Audio Cassette
While this is not the best Nero Wolfe story, and I wouldn't recommend it for anyone's first dip into the Stout corpus, it is still Nero Wolfe and as such is a must for fans of the genre.
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