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review 2017-05-03 19:23
In the mood for some mystery
Trio for Blunt Instruments: A Nero Wolfe Threesome - Rex Stout

Trio for Blunt Instruments by Rex Stout draws us back into the world of Nero Wolfe and his loyal assistant, Archie Goodwin. The last time I visited with these distinguished detectives was back in 2015 (it's been too long!) so I was very happy to get a 3-in-1 with this book. This volume contains the following mysteries: Kill Now -- Pay Later, Murder Is Corny, and Blood Will Tell. As this is a collection, the stories aren't overly lengthy (Murder Is Corny was previously unpublished and was the last novella written by Stout.) but as with all of Stout's writings they pack a powerful punch no matter the length. I continue to maintain that Archie Goodwin is one of my favorite literary characters. His veracity, loyalty, bravery, and overwhelming likability mark him as a singular character that it's nearly impossible not to like. There is something so real about him and his narrative voice as the reporter of Wolfe's cases lends reality and humor. Of course, Wolfe is a singular character in his own right as a true 'armchair detective' in every way.


Kill Now -- Pay Later covers the story of Wolfe's shoe shiner who witnesses something (it's not too much of a shock for me to tell you it's related to a murder I don't think) and comes to Wolfe immediately afterward. Once Wolfe is on the case, it turns out that it's not as straightforward as the police think especially since a subsequent crime is marked as a suicide and the case is considered closed. It's up to Wolfe and Archie to continue the case to its bitter end no matter how winding their path becomes.


Murder Is Corny is an extremely corny title for one of Stout's mysteries as the victim works at a farm that produces corn. <pause for grimace> Archie is pegged as the main suspect after one of his prior flames indicates that he was at the scene of the crime. Wolfe at first demurs as it's 'Archie's private affair' but when he realizes that he stands a good chance of losing someone he relies on he steps in. This one has a lot of moving parts and quite a few memorable characters but what marks it as unique is that Goodwin isn't interested in the main female character. ;-)


And that brings us to Blood Will Tell which opens up with Archie receiving a rather strange package in the mail and snowballs into a dramatic story about spurned love, boorishness, and snappy dressers. I think this one was my favorite of the three because it provided a lot of sidestories to sink your teeth into and it kept me guessing up until the last.


Whatever your taste in mysteries, you can't go wrong with this 3-in-1 because it has a little something for everybody. If you haven't ever tried a Nero Wolfe mystery then this is an excellent place to start. 

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2016-03-28 07:53
Wolverine and Nick Fury clash - and fight together
Wolverine/Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection - Archie Goodwin,Howard Chaykin

3 stories about Wolverine and Nick Fury, two involving Scorpio (in this case, Nick Fury's nephew, Mikel) and the other about as gangland boss. The Scorpio stories are about Mikel seeking revenge for the death of his father and about his return to foil a coup in his native country.

The stories are quite well-told although I am starting to get bored by too many fighting scenes (inevitable, I suppose) Some great artwork, particularly from John Buscema in the middle story.

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review 2015-09-26 02:01
It's always about Archie Goodwin
Death Times Three - Rex Stout

Death Times Three includes 3 novellas featuring the famous armchair detective Nero Wolfe and his assistant Archie Goodwin. All of the Nero Wolfe mysteries take place in Manhattan through the 1930-70s. The first in this compilation, Bitter End, starts out with contaminated liver pate and continues with the search for a murderer. Following after that is Frame-Up For Murder where Archie is entreated by a beautiful young woman to help her brother save his fashion business only for the waters to be muddied by an ill-timed death. It closes with Assault on a Brownstone which is singular as Wolfe's sanctuary is beset with Treasury officials and Archie meets someone who gets the jump on him. It's a quick, fun read and if you love mysteries it will whet your appetite for longer works from Stout. You won't regret it, I promise.

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2014-04-26 16:24
Saturday Public Library Book Haul, April 19, 2014
Drink More Whiskey!: Everything You Need to Know About Your New Favorite Drink - Daniel Yaffe
Wolverine Classic, Vol. 2 - Chris Claremont,John Buscema
Wolverine Classic, Vol. 4 - Archie Goodwin,John Byrne

I know. I am running a week late, but last Saturday after the library trip, things got busy, and I did not get around to blogging this. Since this Saturday things are a bit quieter, here we go. A small haul for this week.


The Drink More Whiskey was in the New Books shelf. As I have mentioned before, when I visit the public library, the New Books shelf is usually my first stop. I don't always check out stuff that is new right away since those materials only check out for two weeks, and I am not a fast reader. But when I find something that looks good, I do take the chance. I happen to like trivia books and books that promise to teach more on a topic. I have been a bit more interested in whiskey since moving to Kentucky. From glancing it over, the book combines easy to read text with some nice visuals. It looks like a good book for someone like me who is a casual drinker and who likes to learn more. Stay tuned for a review down the road.


I had checked out Wolverine Classic, Vol. 3 previously. I did finish that one (review coming soon), so I was pleased to see the library had other volumes in the series. Thus this week I went on a bit of a Wolverine binge and checked out volumes 2 and 4. Since each volume collects a complete story arc, reading them a bit out of place is not really an issue. It's all good fun. Stay tuned for future reviews.




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review 2014-01-18 22:30
Essential Luke Cage, Power Man, Vol. 1 - Roy Thomas,John Romita Sr.,Archie Goodwin

So if you're picking this book up nowadays hoping to encounter never-before-seen ideas and plots, you're going to be disappointed. As you might be able to guess from just how old the books in this collection are, you've seen most of this before by now. Even within the trade, you start to see the same storytelling notes coming up again and again, and at times you can skip entire issues and miss nothing of note.

But that being said, if you're in it for Luke Cage - as I was - this is a pretty fun volume. It especially seems to work when Cage is doing the stuff that he wants to do, following his own story arc rather than picking up the client of the week.

Though I was about at the point where if I saw one more fight in Cage's office that somehow didn't wreck the entire place I was just gonna be done. :)

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