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3.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 5 3.68 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rex Stout Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Nero Wolfe Series Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781415937747
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A remarkably rare black orchid at a flower show lures Nero Wolfe from his comfortable brownstone. But before the detective and his sidekick, Archie Goodwin, can stop and smell the roses, a diabolically daring murder puts a blight on the proceedings. The murderer to be weeded out is definitely not a garden-variety killer.

Wolfe must also throw his considerable weight into another thorny case, this one involving a rich society widow bedeviled by poison-pen letters—and a poisonous plot as black as Wolfe’s orchids with roots even more twisted.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Nalepa | 2/19/2014

    " My favorite Nero Wolfe ever. Two shorter novels in one book: How Wolfe obtains three rare, black orchids, and then what he uses them for later. Absolutely fantastic, and Archie at his best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/4/2014

    " A fun mystery set in Victorian England "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kurt Henning | 1/25/2014

    " This one might be one of my favorite Wolfe tales to date. The two stories contained in the book are connected only by the presence of the black orchids Wolfe commandeers as a fee; however, there is a sense of sentimentality (in a good way) in both tales. We get some genuine friction between Wolfe and Archie and even more genuine affection. We also learn that Wolfe keeps Archie around due to a debt of honor--apparently Archie saved Wolfe's life at some point in the past. The stories' narratives also functions= well as they maintain a strong focus on the mystery. Their brevity keeps the narrative connected at all times to the mystery at hand. By and large, a good read with several funny moments and tight writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne G Sagan | 1/20/2014

    " As always, a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/18/2014

    " Scott and I are big fans of mystery movies and have watched many of the classic detective series (Poirot, Marple, Morse, Holmes, Campion, Allen, etc), some in all versions available. Nero Wolfe was one we recently came across and we LOVED the A&E adaptation. I had never read a Rex Stout until this week but after having finished this one, I am very impressed with the screenplay writers and directors who managed to capture the essence of Stouts characters perfectly. The DVD episodes are some of our favorites and consequently I bought Scott both seasons (that's all A&E produced) and have been enjoying them for the past 6 months. Now that they are over, I'm glad I have the books to enjoy also. I love fun mysteries! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 1/5/2014

    " This book took me to a different time and place. I love when books do that! Nice, easy read. It made me smile. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori Bigby | 12/25/2013

    " The story was good, but a little hard to follow. I'm not sure if it was me and I was distracted or if it just didn't flow as well as it could have. I do like Nero Wolf though as a character and it is always entertaining to see what he will do next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niffer | 12/23/2013

    " Two short stories with a common theme. Excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn Estepp | 12/16/2013

    " okay, sure, i'll take more archie and nero. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Kerwin | 12/11/2013

    " Two long Nero Wolfe novellas. The title story--with Archie attending the flower show--is very good. The other--involving a high society event planner and a chimp--is less successful. But both are fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erica | 12/7/2013

    " I have no idea why I bothered reading this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki Cline | 12/7/2013

    " This was a little disappointing because it wasn't a novel, but two slightly related novellas. Consequently there wasn't as much focus on one crime/set of suspects, which is what I like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Eudy Neufeld | 11/26/2013

    " Nero Wolfe only takes on work for exorbitant fees-usually. But when Lewis Hewitt has managed to breed the only black orchids in existence, he is willing to make an exception. Archie falls in love, Wolfe is cranky and uncomfortable and Inspector Cramer is at his wit's end. What more could you want? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jules | 3/9/2013

    " Two shorter stories concerning Black Orchids. Wonderful and certainly worth reading, though not one of his best. I enjoyed the first story rather more than the second, but will surely read both again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 earthy | 11/12/2012

    " Again, not my favorite Wolfe stories, but entertaining enough. Actually contains two novelettes (novellas?): "Black Orchids" and "Cordially Invited to Meet Death." The first story is stronger than the second, though the second does have the advantage of a scene where Archie stares down a gorilla. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen Wright | 10/2/2012

    " Love Nero Wolfe-a fact he would soundly deplore! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 9/16/2012

    " Two related novella featuring black orchids. I enjoyed the first, but in the second it was a case of me not liking who the murderer turned out to be, which always brings a story down for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Goble | 8/12/2012

    " Vintage Archie and Nero. One book, with two stories connected only slightly by the presence of black orchids. One of the better Stouts, in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 6/20/2012

    " It seems every Nero Wolfe book is worth its weight in gold. Every time I read one, I smile and smile and smile. I loved everything about it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 3/22/2012

    " This is two short stories connected only by Wolfe's rare black orchids. I enjoyed the second story more than the first. I enjoy the narration style of Archie, Wolfe's right hand man. He is funny and irreverent. Wolfe eccentricities are always a source of entertainment and wonder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niffer | 4/28/2011

    " Two short stories with a common theme. Excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thorn | 1/10/2011

    " What can I say. I like the dialog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 8/8/2010

    " okay, sure, i'll take more archie and nero. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 5/23/2010

    " This was a little disappointing because it wasn't a novel, but two slightly related novellas. Consequently there wasn't as much focus on one crime/set of suspects, which is what I like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis | 11/26/2009

    " The promise of a chance to get his hands on a rare orchid, gets recluse detective Nero Wolfe to leave his house.
    Of course, someone gets murdered and he then has to juggle catching the killer and negotiating to get the black orchids.
    Another great Nero Wolfe mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gillian | 9/10/2009

    " I'm working my way through the Nero Wolfe mysteries, but liked this one in particular. A reliable fun/easy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erica | 8/5/2009

    " I have no idea why I bothered reading this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Frank | 11/3/2008

    " Rex Stout is a classic mystery writer...easy to enjoy. No sex or violence. "

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About the Author
Author Rex StoutRex Stout (1886 - 1975) was an American writer noted for his detective fiction, particularly the 33 novels and nearly four dozen novellas that featured the detective Nero Wolfe and his assistant Archie Goodwin.
About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.