The Red Box

The Red Box A lovely woman is dead and the fortunes of overextended theatrical producer Llewellyn Frost depend on solving the mystery of the red box two pounds of candied fruits nuts and creams covered with ch

  • Title: The Red Box
  • Author: Rex Stout
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  • Page: 202
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  • A lovely woman is dead, and the fortunes of overextended theatrical producer Llewellyn Frost depend on solving the mystery of the red box two pounds of candied fruits, nuts and creams, covered with chocolate and laced with potassium cyanide.When Nero Wolfe s suspicion falls on Frost s kissing cousin, Frost wants the detective to kill the sickly sweet case before it kiA lovely woman is dead, and the fortunes of overextended theatrical producer Llewellyn Frost depend on solving the mystery of the red box two pounds of candied fruits, nuts and creams, covered with chocolate and laced with potassium cyanide.When Nero Wolfe s suspicion falls on Frost s kissing cousin, Frost wants the detective to kill the sickly sweet case before it kills him.

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    1. Rex Stout

      Rex Todhunter Stout December 1, 1886 October 27, 1975 was an American crime writer, best known as the creator of the larger than life fictional detective Nero Wolfe, described by reviewer Will Cuppy as that Falstaff of detectives Wolfe s assistant Archie Goodwin recorded the cases of the detective genius from 1934 Fer de Lance to 1975 A Family Affair.The Nero Wolfe corpus was nominated Best Mystery Series of the Century at Bouchercon 2000, the world s largest mystery convention, and Rex Stout was nominated Best Mystery Writer of the Century.

    534 thoughts on “The Red Box”

    1. “Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.”It has been a while since Nero Wolfe had a case which made frustrating times for Archie Goodwin. So when a potential client shows up Archie develops a devious plan not only to get Nero Wolfe take the case, but also to lure him outside to the shop where a crime was committed. Readers familiar with the series know that the great detective almost never leaves his home except in case [...]


    2. The start of another beautiful relationshipThe Red Box was the fourth of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe murder mysteries. It was published in 1937. It is also the first Nero Wolfe book I have ever readd what an enjoyable introduction it was too. I loved the irascible, inscrutable, quirky, larger-than-life Wolfe.Wolfe's exploits are narrated by his able assistant Archie, himself a perfect foil for Wolfe: world weary, hard bitten, cynical and slyly humorous.Overall it's a curious and pleasing hybrid of [...]


    3. This is the first real Nero Wolfe I've read in the chronological-with-gaps reread. Archie's character is solidly in place, the mystery is a more typical one, and Stout is solidly in his wheelhouse here. The plot is pretty simple: a model is poisoned, and a dude with White Knight Syndrome and a repressed to desire to marry his rich first cousin hires Wolfe. Wolfe actually leaves the brownstone in this one, always a notable occurrence, and Archie gets cut out of the information loop, a much less n [...]


    4. Another fun Nero Wolfe. I thought it not quite as good as The Rubber Band. There was still the wonderful repartee between Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, but it was less frequent and less pointed. The characterizations of the non-Wolfe employees was better in this one. Murders in real life tend to be by persons known to the victim rather than by some random person. We are introduced fairly early to all of the possible perpetrators, only to have further murders. Thus, if I had had no suspicions, I [...]


    5. Still love this series, but I had it figured out simultaneously with Nero. This one was a bit too obvious.New York, 1936


    6. I am a fan of Nero Wolfe. However, I am finding the earlier books by Rex Stout very unrealistic and I can't escape into Archie and Wolfe's world in pure enjoyment. This book was very easy to read, but the ending was unbelievable. The methods of killing people was improbable and coincidences abounded. (view spoiler)[How did the murderer know what was in the red box and then comprehend it was for committing suicide? Utterly ridiculous! (hide spoiler)]I did appreciate a younger and less experienced [...]


    7. Another enjoyable Nero Wolfe book. The mystery is fairly predictable, but the contemporary setting of 1938 New York is interesting, while both Wolfe’s surliness and Archie’s contrasting banter are great fun.This book is supposedly notable because Wolfe is persuaded to leave his house (a rare event) to pursue the mystery, but I was a little disappointed. The visit did not seem very meaningful, hence the extraordinary (and hilarious) measures taken were wasted.


    8. There was a time in my life (really from my early teens thru my early twenties) in which I read nothing but what I call the Literature of the Fantastic. In plainer English if it was not a school assignment I feasted on a steady diet of science fiction and/or fantasy and nothing else. When I eventually tired of that and started to voluntarily seek to expand my horizons one of the first authors I settled on was Rex Stout. Being a relatively obsessive individual I sought out and read every Nero Wol [...]


    9. Earlier in my life I read quite a few Nero Wolfe novels, but I do not remember this one. It impressed me then that they aged well. It was not difficult to put them in the present day. With the exception of the changes in communication technology, that is still true. Although Archie clearly has less traffic to contend with in New York City and environs.


    10. The Red Box starts out with a trick. Nero Wolfe is manipulated into leaving the comforts of his brownstone when Llewellyn Frost presents him with a letter from several of his esteemed colleagues in the orchid-growing world imploring the detective to leave his office, leave his faithful staff, leave his orchid-filled greenhouse and travel twenty blocks (eight minutes) to the office of Boyden McNair Incorporated to investigate the poisoning of a beautiful young model. Frost had tried to get Wolfe [...]


    11. A young girl dies of quick-acting poison hidden in a box of candy meant for someone else. But who? And why? As she purloined the box and died before anyone knew where it came from, Cramer is well and truly up a stump, and actually comes to seek advice from Wolfe.Wolfe and Archie are that wonderful thing, a detective duo that worked steadily from 1934 to the mid 1970s and only aged a year or two--or at least Archie did, going from mid twenties to mid thirties over 40 years. Mr Wolfe, like a fine [...]


    12. Nero Wolfe books are ideal genre entertainment. You know you'll get the corpulent, compulsive Wolfe casting withering remarks at clients, suspects and cops alike as he solves the case between compulsory breaks for fine dining, cold beer, and tending his beloved orchids. You know you'll get the crackerjack patter and cynical armchair psychology of legman/narrator Archie Goodwin. And you know you'll get at least one corpse and an assortment of associates and acquaintances with varying degrees of d [...]


    13. I love the old mysteries. The picture I have of Nero Wolfe is of the television series years back. But, that doesn't matter to the pictures carried in the books of Wolfe's mannerisms and habits. I also enjoy Archie's asides and smart aleck remarks to everyone. This case is about a murder that Llewellyn Frost is afraid involves his cousin, Helen, and insists that Wolfe solve it. Lew doesn't like Helen working for her godfather. When one of the models dies from poisoned candy, he feels Helen is in [...]


    14. READATHON! This was my first Nero Wolfe, and though it got a bit sludgy at times, it had plenty charm and sass to enjoy it. Plus, i have a soft spot for cyanide poisoning. Nero is defo my new fave pretentious obese detective, and although he ventures outside once in this novel i hear that's a bit of a one-off, and the fact that he solves crimes behind his desk, whilst tending to his orchids and drinking cold beer, means he rules. Though Archie is really the star of the show here, what a dude.


    15. "The Red Box" is the fourth book in Rex Stout's "Nero Wolfe" series. It was first published in 1937, so it describes a world very different from today. But, what can I say? The book follows Stout's standard of excellent plot, tongue-in-cheek humor, wonderful use of the language, and an interesting, head-scratcher of a mystery. I rate it at an Excellent 5 stars out of 5.


    16. This is one that I wish Timothy Hutton and Maury Chakin had made into a screenplay for A&E. This is one of my favorites, for the language, plot, and the scene at the end, yes, but really for the sense of the times in New York.


    17. Good bits: * Archie figuring out a way to get Wolfe to leave the brownstone and visit a fashion designer's office where a fashion model has died (from eating a poisoned chocolate probably meant for someone else). * Helen Frost, who shows a great deal more steel and composure than is immediately apparent.* Archie managing to pull Wolfe back from the beginning of a 'relapse' and refocusing him on the case. (I don't remember another time where this happens.)Bits that were slightly underwhelming:* T [...]


    18. I forgot that inspector Cramer ever smoked his cigars. He chews on a few as is more his norm throughout the collection, but actually lights up a few times. I love that this story was looking enough that I started guessing whodunit. I love even more that I completely bombed. I really wanted the box to be inside the big chair Wolfe steals from McNair at the beginning. Oh well.


    19. Nero Wolfe on tavattoman äkäinen tutkiessaan Molly Lauckin kuolemantapausta. Hänen mielialaansa ei helpota yhtään se, että asiakkaan lähipiiri on kovin eripurainen kaikista tutkimuksiin liittyvistä asioista. Tarinasta kehkeytyy varsin jännittävä, eikä siitä puutu yllättäviä käänteitä. Punaisen rasian arvoitus on 1930-luvun dekkarikirjallisuuden huppua.


    20. Taken for what it is, This is a very nice book.There's really not much mystery, not much suspense, but it's a good story with funny characters, nice relationships, and a kind of nostalgic air of a world gone by.




    21. Standard fare. I read this one in hard copy; I'm not as good at imagining the voices as the narrator of the audio versions is. I always enjoy the audio books more.


    22. I love entering the world of Nero and Archie and Fritz. although I was able to solve pretty quickly because of course I have seen this one mutliple times on tv.




    23. A box of chocolates, a dead model, and a frightened fashion designer are the necessary ingredients in this amusing episode in Rex Stout's wonderful Nero Wolfe series. Archie Goodwin, detective Nero Wolfe's assistant, is an endearing tough guy, and here he helps Nero track down who murdered the model, and what is the significance of the fashion designer's red box.


    24. The Red Box was the fourth of the Nero Wolfe novels and begins somewhat abruptly in the middle of the initial interview with Wolfe’s client. With a desperate need for a client, Archie connives with a potential client to get Wolfe to leave his house to travel down to a fashion firm several blocks away to interview witnesses in the poisoning death of a model who ate a candy from a box of chocolate and diet. The client presents Wolfe with a letter from fellow orchid growers citing his participati [...]


    25. I think that Nero Wolf character is a little too tiring for me. The long tale keeps you guessing to see if you can figure out the killer before it is revealed.


    26. The larger-than-life detective Nero Wolfe, huge in body and mind, takes on a murder case rather reluctantly when a young man essentially refuses to leave his office until Wolfe agrees to help. A young model has been poisoned by a box of chocolates and the young man fears that his comely cousin might be a future target. Wolfe and his assistant, Artie Goodwin, are drawn into a slippery case in which many people have opportunity, and others motive, but bringing the two together seems problematic, a [...]


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