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When a maestro is murdered, Archie is flabbergasted when the gargantuan gourmet detective lifts himself out of retirement. Amid a juicy public scandal, Wolfe and Archie feast on suspects yet starve for facts—until the scanty clues finally arrange themselves like notes on a score, and Wolfe recognizes a dark melody that only a murder virtuoso could perform. (Publisher’s desWhen a maestro is murdered, Archie is flabbergasted when the gargantuan gourmet detective lifts himself out of retirement. Amid a juicy public scandal, Wolfe and Archie feast on suspects yet starve for facts—until the scanty clues finally arrange themselves like notes on a score, and Wolfe recognizes a dark melody that only a murder virtuoso could perform. (Publisher’s description)...

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ISBN : 9780553051230
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Number of Pages : 196 Pages
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Murder in E Minor Reviews

  • Evgeny
    2019-05-09 14:15

    I really hate it when somebody other than the original author tried to continue a series after the death of the latter. The hate is real, just like a turkey's hate for Thanksgiving. As a recent example let as recall (or better yet, let us forget it ever existed) the new Poirot novel. Poor Agatha Christie must be turning in her grave. I also loved original Nero Wolfe series so when a good friend of mine - Hi Una! - recommended me Robert Goldsborough as (almost) a real deal I overcame my prejudice and read the first (or forty eighth if you count the originals) book. After the events of the last novel written by Rex Stout - Family Affairs - Nero Wolfe practically retired driving Archie and Fritz crazy and giving NYPD's Homicide Division a well-deserved break. Suddenly completely out of the blue Wolfe's past in Montenegro came back to haunt him and the detective has no choice but to take on a case to settle a debt of honor. It all started fairly innocently. A conductor of NY symphony orchestra received several threatening letters and while he did not paid them much attention his niece decided it might be a good idea to consult a good detective just in case. A good detective happened to be extremely reluctant Nero Wolfe.So after finishing reading I am happy to report that Robert Goldsborough wrote as good Nero Wolfe novel as anybody whose first name is not Rex and last name is not Stout can write. In other words I do not expect anybody else to write better. Sure it feel like Robert Goldsborough ties too hard at times, but it also feels that he almost succeeds. The mystery was decent enough and the characters felt almost like their usual selves; it was nice to revisit them. Please note that I gave some of the original books of the series 3 stars while this one receiving 4. The quality is almost equal, but I have to give Robert Goldsborough one extra star for trying. I am eager enough to read the next installment. Also please note that this book gives serious spoilers to aforementioned Family Affairs, so read the latter first or have one of the biggest surprise of the series spoiled.

  • John Yeoman
    2019-05-25 11:36

    This is a delightful simulacrum of Nero Wolfe's world that nearly works. The familiar tropes are trotted out. No motif or allusion to Rex Stout's prior novels is missed. The curious habits of their whale-sized protagonist and his accomplices are meticulously conveyed. Yet it never goes beyond the script. And that is its (pardonable) weakness.How we yearn for a perverse digression that, in retrospect, was no digression at all! Some flight of wanton fancy or inventiveness! (Stout was good at that.) This is Stout in his planner phase, before he threw away his notes and became a pantser - and he let his vintage Underwood typewriter write the story, all by itself. Even so, it's a very good read.

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-13 12:21

    Robert Goldsborough's Nero Wolfe mysteries do a great honor to Rex Stout. Archie and Wolfe are in great form.

  • Julia
    2019-05-17 14:19

    Pretty good as a follow-up to Rex Stout. There were times when I thought the author was trying too hard to be R.S., but overall it was a good read, and I plan to read more of his Nero Wolfe novels.

  • Kay Hudson
    2019-05-02 06:30

    I read all the Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout back in the day, and Robert Goldsborough has done a good job of picking up where Stout left off. Murder in E Minor is set in 1977, two years after Stout's last installment (A Family Affair), and I had to do a little research (you can find out just about anything on line) to catch up with the events mentioned in the book. Wolfe is lured into taking on his first case in two years by the niece of a man he knew back in Montenegro.I've only read a couple of Goldsborough's books (I have more waiting on my Kindle), but so far I think he's done an excellent job of capturing Archie Goodwin, Nero Wolfe, and all their associates (none of whom have aged a day since Stout began writing about them in 1934. I'm enjoying returning to the old brownstone on West 35th Street.

  • Philip
    2019-05-07 09:28

    I definitely enjoyed reading this book even though one can tell that it is not an original Rex Stout! However, IMHO Goldsborough has done a better job with Nero Wolfe than Ace Atkins has with Spenser or Michael Brandman has with Jesse Stone, while, in reality, their efforts have been quite readable and enjoyable, too!I read one of these Nero Wolfe books quite a few years ago, I think it was Fade To Black, but kind of forgot about them until I stumbled upon this one. I'll read more (already on order from Ontario Library Service Download Centre) and I'll also try Goldsborough's own character's series, too!

  • John Carter
    2019-05-10 10:36

    It gets five stars not for its inherent virtues, but because Goldsborough has done such an amazing job of taking Stout’s Wolfe and Archie and continuing their adventures for us. Not perfect, of course, but a very impressive job.

  • Mike
    2019-05-21 06:18

    This was nice but just a little bit off from Rex Stout. If you enjoy the Nero Wolfe stories you should read it. It does fill a void but it is not the same

  • Paul O'Grady
    2019-05-09 06:26

    I had resisted reading a Nero Wolfe mystery not written by Rex Stout, but Goldsborough does a credible job. The familiar characters come back to life and the story was quite engaging.

  • C.J.
    2019-05-04 13:35

    The dilemma: Why would anyone but a devoted Rex Stout fan read another author's sequel to the Stout's long, glorious Nero Wolfe series? Yet why would any other author grab Stout's mantel except to cash in on his success? I picked up this book looking for something I could be pretty sure I wouldn't find. The core of the series's appeal -- narrator Archie Goodwin's voice -- is patently inimitable. Robert Goldsborough makes a dogged attempt in Murder in E Minor, but his ear is off. He knows his "facts": the location & layout of the old brownstone, who the supporting characters are, & what happened in some previous Wolfe-Goodwin cases, particularly the final one. His narrator's voice, though, grates. As for Nero Wolfe, he sounds like a computer-generated robot whose program needs tweaking. Reading this book is like listening to a note-perfect violin sonata played with 1 or 2 strings out of tune.OK, I'm biased: as a devoted Stout fan & a mystery writer, my response to missing Wolfe, Goodwin, et al. was to give Archie a journalist daughter who narrates her own series (see book 1, Silent Night Violent Night; book 2 will be out in Spring 2017). Although I was tempted to quit reading Murder in E Minor on page one, I didn't. Goldsborough's command of the Stout oeuvre is encyclopedic, & his plotting & pacing are good. That combination kept me from hating this book. But since Goldsborough's Goodwin & Wolfe are even more unlike Stout's fictional detectives than Timothy Hutton & Maury Chaykin's were in the TV series, I won't read another one.

  • Paula Trumpulis
    2019-05-04 09:24

    My favorite Detective. I have always loved Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, they were introduced to me by my mother, who was also a fan. I have reread the series from their beginnings and this one did not disappoint. Although, not written by Rex Stout, Robert Goldsborough has captured the reason I read. A wonderful story with Archie's personal comments about Mr Wolfe and always letting us see what he sees, the meals he eats and sometimes so involved with a case that he misses a meal, perfectly created and served by Fritz Brenner, a chef extraordinaire. We certainly can't leave out Theodore Horstmann, the overseer of thousands of Mr Wolfe's orchids. I am so glad I tested the waters for more of Nero Wolfe... I'm ready for his next adventure.

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-03 07:15

    It is challenging for an author to step into the shoes of an accomplished writer and attempt to continue a beloved series. Robert Goldsborough has done a wonderful job of keeping Nero Wolfe alive after the death of Rex Stout. The original books were quite formulaic with little change in Wolfe's methods of solving mysteries. Goldsborough has kept the same mannerisms, schedules and character interactions and allows the reader enough information to solve the mystery along with Wolfe. I didn't guess the solution, but I was not blindsided by the result. This book was pleasant, not overly taxing and a a nice visit with Nero and Archie.

  • Martina Sartor
    2019-05-23 09:19

    Per i nostagiciQuesto fu il primo degli "apocrifi" scritti da Robert Goldsborough dopo la morte di Stout e immagino come devono essersi sentiti i lettori all'epoca dell'uscita del libro nel ritrovare i loro cari personaggi: è come tornare a casa dopo tanto tempo. Si ritrovano le atmosfere, i personaggi e le piccole cose care ai fedeli lettori di Wolfe & C. Ma una piccola differenza è inevitabile sentirla: Wolfe ad es. è un po' troppo 'ciarliero', meno misogino e meno burbero. Goodwin meno ironico e caustico... Si legge comunque con piacere.

  • Moira Shepard
    2019-05-04 07:17

    This, the first in Robert Goldsborough's continuation of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe sagas, captures the flavor and spirit of Stout's own work to a very enjoyable extent. It's easy to imagine Nero and Archie continuing into the present day, as PCs and other modern conveniences make their way into the Wolfe brownstone on 35th Street. I can see why Stout's estate approved Goldsborough to continue creating Nero Wolfe stories. In the words of the master - "Satisfactory."

  • Egan Kawamoto
    2019-05-03 12:11

    New WolfeIt is satisfactory. The Archie character is a little blustery but okay. But okay for Wolfe fans. Read if you're a fan.

  • Kathy L. Brown
    2019-04-29 13:23

    Entertaining solid effort.Captures the classic Wolfe and Archie and the gang. The brownstone. The orchids. A solid, professional work. Read it a while ago.

  • Sylvia
    2019-05-12 07:29

    Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe re-written in true Stout style. Livable quirky detective and sidekick Archie solve a maestro murder. E minor is major fun.

  • Patricia Clouatre
    2019-05-13 07:27

    Excellent mysteryMy very first Nero Wolfe mystery and must say I enjoyed it thoroughly. Will be looking forward to reading the rest.

  • Lizzie
    2019-05-05 06:19

    This book is so hard to put down, you just want to continue to turn the pages once you've started. I look forward to reading the rest of the series!

  • Kate
    2019-05-25 13:10

    Nero Wolfe might be a beloved detective to many readers, but the character left me cold, he seems to be a poor clone of Poirot, and the other characters were defined primarily by stereotypes that left you with little concern about them. It is readable if nothing better is around.

  • Adam Graham
    2019-05-14 06:21

    After the death of Nero Wolfe creator Rex Stout, Robert Goldsborough took up the task of continuing on the Nero Wolfe series with the blessing of Stout's estate.It's two years after the cataclysmic events of A Family Affair and Nero Wolfe, the world's greatest private detective is no longer practicing. However, when the niece of a man who once saved his life in Montenegro turns to Wolfe because her uncle is being threatened, Wolfe goes into action, but too late as quickly the uncle is killed.The book is most enjoyable if read for its own merits rather than hoping it to continue the Stout legacy. Goldsborough tries a number of things that are ultimately unsuccessful which were hallmarks of the Stout books. First, is Wolfe himself who is re-reading Jane Eyre in an early chapter and discusses why third parties don't succeed in Presidential elections at the dinner table. Wolfe's interests both literary and conversational were far more erudite with Stout writing. The third party thing is kind of dumb and obvious. There's a visit from Kramer where he has a sincere heart-to-heart with Archie pleading for him and Wolfe to get off the case. That the Police would try and pressure Wolfe off at this point was incredible, and the heart-to-heart thing had been tried in the last Wolfe book by Stout. Perhaps the most egregious thing to happen was when Archie went to get a taxi, pick up a cashier's check, and arrange a simple visit from some suspects and got a "very satisfactory" from Wolfe. First of all, Archie made a big deal of it when this was merely his job and he should be ashamed for making a big dea of it. Secondly, Wolfe only handed out "very satisfactories" when Archie did something truly remarkable, not just doing something any low level employee could manage. However, Goldsborough did a fair number of things right. The book's plot offers a few teases of Wolfe's past in Montenegro and that itself is sure to tantalize fans. And the appearance of a mysterious woman from the past who Wolfe was glad to see also added to it. When the solution became obvious, Goldsborough worked out the denoument pretty well and it felt almost Stoutian except for Wolfe explaining everyone's motives which seemed more Poirotish. And of course, the mystery was clever, as clever if not more so than the average Wolfe story under Stout, and Goldsborough does a great job with characters like Lily Rowan. Overall, this is a solid first novel. Of course, having a first time novelist take over this series was a dubious call at best and what can make it a frustrating read is the author does seem unsure of himself, leading to some scenes that are awkward.Still overall, I'll rate it "Satisfactory."

  • Tony
    2019-05-27 10:10

    My Grade = 88% - B+This is the first Nero Wolfe story that I have read that was not written by Rex Stout. I don't know where it came from, but I found it on a pile on one of my "to read soon" tables/bookshelves. I was prepared to immediately hate it, but I enjoyed it a great deal and could not really tell that it was not written by Rex Stout. I googled the author and discovered that he wrote a great many of these novels - all with the approval of the Rex Stout Estate.Mr. Stout died in 1975 after having published 70+ Nero Wolfe stories. This one was published in 1986, and there appear to be two referemces from which it can be dated: at a dinner conversation Mr. Wolfe and Archie discuss what the future will say about the Nixon presidency, and, more specifically, Mr. Wolfe, at the very end of the story comments on how the delivery of beer he just received is much better than the "Billy Beer" with which Archie presented him the year before.Googling this, too, I discovered that Billy Beer was first produced by the Falls City Brewing Company in 1977, and was endorsed by Billy's Brother, Incumbent President Jimmy Carter.At the beginning, for the very first time that I have seen, Archie Goodwin makes the introductory comment that this case took place several years earlier, but that Nero Wolfe would not let Archie report on it until now. This gives the reader the impression that the narrations by Archie are not merely for his own account, but, decades early, a sort of blog meant to be read by the public.A No Spoilers Summary: Nero Wolfe has been in retirement for the last two years, but is lured out of it when the grand niece of a childhood friend visits and presents Mr. Wolfe with three threatening letters which had been sent to her Uncle and then thrown in the garbage. The friend is now Director of the New York Symphony Orchestra. Murder ensues (that's not a spoiler, as it's part of the title).The investigation proceeds and a solution is discovered.It was great to see so many of the very familiar Rex Stout characters drawn by another hand, so to speak. I read this one as a lark, and there are many more by Mr. Goldsborough, but I still have 50+ original Rex Stout stories that I still have not read.Onward and upward.....

  • Ed
    2019-05-04 12:14

    #48 in the Nero Wolfe series - #1 written by Robert Goldsborough. Goldsborough has picked up the Nero Wolfe franchise from the Stout estate and done a very credible job of continuing the series with a segue from the suicide of Orrie Cather in A Family Affair (1975) through two years of semi-retirement until the current case. In a forward, narrator Archie Goodwin indicates that this 1986 novel takes place in 1977 but was not authorized by Wolfe for an extended period.The only jarring element I found in the book was that at one point the front room was reached by going "across the hall" from the office when it should be on the same side of the hall as the office and can also be reached by a connecting door. A good read that extends the pleasure of indulging in the Wolfe universe.Nero Wolfe series - this mystery starts when Maria Radovich asks him to intercede for her with Wolfe. She's worried over threats against her great-uncle Milan Stevens, controversial new director of the New York Symphony. Since Stevens, ne Mikos Stefanovic, had saved the detective's life years earlier in Montenegro, Wolfe agrees to take the case. Before he can act, however, someone stabs the musician fatally in his apartment. The police arrest Jerry Milner, a violinist with the orchestra and Maria's fiance, but Wolfe demolishes the evidence against him. While his boss remains sedentary, Archie obeys orders to go looking for information about other suspects: the victims's sponsor who regrets his choice of director; musicians whom the maestro had publicly insulted; the glamorous society woman who had been his frequent companion. As always, Wolfe solves the puzzle without moving from the famous brownstone on W.35th St.

  • Ronnell
    2019-05-08 11:27

    This book was okay to me. It wasn't what I expected it to be. I expected this novel to be a much more involved story. Instead, I felt like a passive spectator to all of the events. The style of narration itself was good and minimal, and the author did a good job of employing different sentence phrasing (to avoid being dry, predictable, and repetitive). But what I wanted was immersion. I wanted to be there at the scene of the crime. I wanted to feel the cogitations of Wolfe, which I guess is impossible since the story is told from Archie's perspective. And while I'm on the topic of Archie, he felt like an errand-boy foil to Wolfe's character.The plot itself is also okay. I liked how everything turned out at the end, but I wasn't exactly on pins and needles throughout the whole story. The author did well in providing pieces of the whole puzzle at a steady rate, but as I mentioned before, everything felt passive, weak even. I was eager to learn something new merely because it was new; the presentation of the new details wasn't that spectacular. Furthermore, the way Wolfe just instantly solves the case at the end felt like a weak imitation of Sherlock Holmes's long-winded deductions. And I just didn't like how there wasn't really any progression. The case seemed completely stagnant up until Wolfe figures it out. Murder in E Minor gets 3 stars from me for its style of narration and plot. I think this story needed more character depth and narrative depth for it to receive 5 stars.

  • Ronald Koltnow
    2019-05-19 10:25

    Although I have owned Robert Goldsborough's resurrection of the Nero Wolfe adventures for years, I finally got around to reading one. As this is the first in the series, I will withhold judgement until I read more. I met Goldsborough at a Bouchercon years ago and liked him tremendously. Feeling guilty about not having read his work, time-lapsed guilt apparently, I read MURDER IN E MINOR. It is good, almost Stout good. If it is flawed, it is in Goldsborough's evocation of, and reliance on, bits from The Canon. Some of the new aspects are not necessarily the best. There is the hint of romance in the air for Wolfe (unthinkable before) and much of the time Archie complains that Wolfe has lost his edge. The language is not quite as sharp and the central case is sort of weak. As a Nero Wolfe fan, and as someone who wants to believe, I will read more Goldsborough to see if he develops his own voice.

  • Julie
    2019-05-09 10:12

    Nero Wolfe has not had a case for over two years. Then the niece of a man from his past shows up on the door step and Wolfe is back to work. The man, who now goes by the name Milan Stevens, is the conductor of the New York City symphony and he has been receiving death threats. Although he claims not to take them seriously, his niece does and soon they find she was right to be worried.The brownstone and the characters are just as they have always been. It wasn't hard to figure out who committed the murder, but it was trickier to figure out why and how. The reader learns that at the same time as Wolfe. This book is packed with spoilers for the Rex Stout books. Some are pretty major spoilers. Although it isn't critical to read most Nero Wolfe books in order, I would strongly advise against reading this one until finishing all of Stout's.

  • Bill Hall
    2019-05-14 10:14

    This is the third Nero Wolfe mystery of Goldsborough that I've read, and I've enjoyed all of them. The author is very careful in his research of the Rex Stout created characters and so they ring true and seem natural.The story involves the murder of the conductor of the New York Symphony and the framing of a section violinist who is in love with the conductor's young niece. Goldsborough also did his research with professional orchestras, their personnel, management, and repertoire. It was very refreshing for an author to care for his craft so much that he would correctly handle all the intricacies.The "hook" for Wolfe is that the conductor was a former Montenegran revolutionary comrade

  • Kim
    2019-05-18 06:30

    Goldsborough, the continuator of the Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novels, does a pretty darn good job. He doesn't have the genius of Stout, but he does bring Archie and Nero and Fritz and Cramer and the brownstone back into our lives, for which I am very grateful!I own the entire collection of the Rex Stout Nero Wolfe books and have read them several times. I just recently re-read And Be A Villain and The Doorbell Rang and was afraid the Robert Goldsborough books --especially this first one--wouldn't hold up, but they do. I've read about three of the Goldsborough books and liked them all.If this is your first Nero Wolfe book, and you liked this one, oh boy, read some Rex Stout! You'll love it!

  • Wattakitty
    2019-05-18 09:11

    Not as good as his first try at reproducing Rex Stout, but still eminently readable.

  • Stephen Osborne
    2019-05-26 14:17

    Wolfe is back in his specially made chair, solving crimes. Just where he always will be. In this first outing from Goldsborough, we get a classic style Stout mystery, which makes sense. All the familiar elements are there, and we feel safe and secure in Goldsborough's hands. Archie and Wolfe's patter is perfect, and of course there's Cramer, Saul, Fritz, and the rest of the gang, all correct. I wonder how many people could read this without knowing it wasn't written by Stout would tell the difference. I don't think I could.