Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|In 'A Family Affair', Rex Stout's last Nero Wolfe novel, a trusted operative is the culprit. What is his name?||Nero Wolfe by Rex Stout #1
Orrie Cather. Orrie used an explosive in a metal cigar tube to kill a waiter. Archie, Saul and Fred force him to use another one to kill himself.
a sausage recipe. From 'Too Many Cooks' which includes a wonderful discourse by Nero Wolfe about racism and bigotry. Written in 1935!
Arnold Zeck. Nero Wolfe lost a tremendous amount of weight and grew a beard.
Montana. To Lily Rowan's ranch the BarJR.
|In 'Christmas Party', one of four short novels in 'And Four to Go', Nero Wolfe dressed up as Santa Claus and did what?||Nero Wolfe by Rex Stout #1
tended bar. He thought Archie was going to marry and wanted to see the woman.
put coins on Marko's eyes. The coins were dinars, the currency of Montenegro, at that time a part of Yugoslavia.
|In 'The Doorbell Rang' what does Inspector Cramer have waiting for Archie Goodwin in a cheap hotel room?||Nero Wolfe by Rex Stout #1
a carton of milk. That carton of milk demonstrates to Archie the importance and honesty of the confidential information that Inspector Cramer gives him.
|When Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe go to examine the 'Black Orchids' at the flower show, what is the plant disease that becomes a hot topic?||Nero Wolfe by Rex Stout #1
Kurume yellows. The murderer tried to hire Nero Wolfe to find out who had infected some of the plants at his flower show display.
|In 'The Silent Speaker' the murdered man speaks through a cylinder recording on a dictation machine. What is the brand name of the machine?||Nero Wolfe by Rex Stout #1
Stenophone. Written just after World War II; the player only dictation machine weighs 60 pounds!
javelins. He used 5 darts on a board with areas marked as a deck of cards with the center as a joker to make a poker hand. Archie quit after losing too much money.
mathematics. The explanation of the importance of the zero in the history of math and numbers is another way Rex Stout uses his Nero Wolfe novels to enlighten the reader.
|In "Over My Dead Body" written before the USA joined World War II, Archie Goodwin learns that Nero Wolfe has what?||Nero Wolfe by Rex Stout #2
an adopted daughter. Nero Wolfe's suspicion that a German agent killed a British agent is expressed as "Do you suppose the attack on Ludlow was the eagle clawing the lion?"
|In "Plot It Yourself" Amy Wynn is the culprit. Alice Porter is an accomplice in the early stages of the story. Is she one of the people that Amy kills?||Nero Wolfe by Rex Stout #3
No. She avoids being murdered by giving an envelope to the woman who ran a rooming house where she met Amy. The letter inside exposed their conspiracy, and was only to be opened if Alice died.
taxi driver. He is hired by a woman riding in his cab after a person crossing the street at a traffic light recognizes him and shakes his hand.
|In "The Broken Vase", the murderer loved rare Chinese vases but broke one [secretly] himself to give a reason to his rich wife to switch to collecting what?||Tecumseh Fox by Rex Stout
old coins. His wife paid for his collections; he could say he paid more for coins then their true value without suspicion and have money left over to finance his mistress.
Alphabet. Tecumseh Fox became a lawyer after college but was disbarred.
Upstate New York - a house and land called the zoo. He allowed a number of people to live "in the zoo" for free.
|A note sent to the sister of Jan Tusar suggested that a plot by Nazi supporters was involved. Fox discounted this for what reason?||Tecumseh Fox by Rex Stout
A swastika on the letter was counter-clockwise. The United States was not yet at war when these novels were writtan, but in New York City tensions were high.
|After Jan Tusar, the violinist, shot himself in his dressing room, the police investigation at Carnegie Hall discovered what about the violin?||Tecumseh Fox by Rex Stout
It was missing. A group of people, Tecumseh Fox included, had contributed the money to purchase the violin for the young artist. It had been purchsed for $36,000, quite a sum in pre-World War II USA.
|In "The Broken Vase", an aspiring concert violinist commits suicide after his debut at Carnegie Hall. He was technically perfect, but the tone from his violin was mediocre. What was the reason?||Tecumseh Fox by Rex Stout
Varnish had been poured inside the violin, deadening the sound. The author makes the point that a concert violinist must be a strong man with muscles of steel to perform. My own thoughts give credit to the many women who have mastered this instrument - they may not look like athletes, but they certainly are.