Curtains for Three - Nero Wolfe Author:Rex Stout A murder weapon that wouldn't lie down and stay put... and opera star who could only whisper...a posse on horseback chasing a killer through New York's Central Park... a desperate girl with so many aliases she'd almost forgotten who she really was. A stellar triple bill of mayhem and mystery by the great Rex Stout.
My enjoyment of these wonderful old mysteries continue. This one has three tales. The first is "The Gun With Wings". A young couple deeply in love comes to seek Nero Wolfe's help because the young woman's husband has died. She believes he was murdered but because of her affair is afraid to go to the police. The mystery clue seems to concern the movement of the murder weapon. It takes much persuasion by Wolfe to get the young man to admit that he moved the gun, placing it next to the body. Both he and she were afraid that that the other had committed the crime. Would Wolfe help them uncover the truth? He consents and begins to interview all who may have a motive to kill the husband, a famous singer. The second story, "Bullet for One", finds the daughter of a murdered man in Nero Wolfe's office requesting help because she believes that several of her father's acquaintances intend to frame her for her father's death. As Wolfe investigates the death he finds that each individual has a motive that could result in murder. His task is to determine which individual committed the deed. "Disguise for Murder" finds Nero Wolfe having a gardening group and their guests visiting his orchid collection. During the event, a young woman confides in Archie that she has recognized one of the guests as having killed a good friend whose murder has gone unsolved. She gives him no more details and Archie is called to assist with the guests. While he is gone someone murders the young woman. Wolfe has little to go on to discover who murdered the young woman. His only clue is that it had to have been a guest and he believes that the murderer did not leave the scene of the crime.