Death of a Doxy (Nero Wolfe)

By Rex Stout

Whilst an outdated acquaintance and fellow P.I. is accused of murdering a saved lady, Nero Wolfe investigates and reveals numerous suspects in a secret blackmailer, a lovely front room singer, and a cold-blooded lady-killer.

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Really there might have been one. There were lots of nothingness in effects, yet no longer in efforts. someplace within the 9 notebooks right here on my table—I write those experiences alone laptop up in my room, no longer within the office—are the names of 4 men and 6 adult females, provided through Jaquette-Jackson while she got here to examine the orchids Wednesday afternoon, who have been obvious through Saul and Fred. For whatever to chunk on, hopeless. in fact whatever is feasible. It was once attainable that one of many ladies had inspiration that Isabel had pinched her lipstick and had long gone to get it and acquired mad and bopped her, or that one of many males hated Rudyard Kipling and couldn’t stand a lady who had him sure in leather-based, yet you wish anything higher than ten billion possibles to get your the teeth into. Any little piece of straw will do, yet you'll want to have whatever. for example, records. There are different types of facts, the sort you lookup and the type you are making up. I admit this is often the second one variety: out of each thousand murders dedicated via amateurs, eighty-three are a girl killing one other lady simply because she has taken her husband, or a part of him. for this reason, from the statistical standpoint, at the record of names we had gathered the single one with a useful identified rationale used to be Mrs. Avery Ballou, and that immediately gave her best billing. the trouble used to be the process. If I went and requested her if she had identified that her husband had for 3 years been studying Kipling’s poems to the girl who were murdered final week, Ballou could by no means communicate to us back, and we would desire him for whatever. So after breakfast Wednesday morning I rang Lily Rowan and requested her if she had ever met Mrs. Avery Ballou, and he or she acknowledged no, and from the little she knew approximately her she didn’t quite care to. “Then I won’t insist,” I acknowledged. “But i have to discover if i need to satisfy her. this is often strictly deepest. I don’t want a exact résumé, only a caricature, specifically what her major pursuits are. for example, if she collects autographs of recognized deepest detectives, that may be excellent. ” “She can’t be that sappy. ” I stated she could do worse and it used to be a hurry order, and an hour later she referred to as me again. She had greater than i wished, and I’ll forget such a lot of it. Mrs. Ballou have been Minerva Chadwick of the metal and railroad Chadwicks. She had married Ballou in 1936. Their son and daughters have been married. Her associates known as her Minna. She by no means gave enormous events yet cherished to have a couple of associates in for dinner. She used to be an Episcopalian yet seldom went to church. She didn’t like Paris a lot and she or he hated Florida. She beloved horses and had 4 Arabians, yet her precise curiosity used to be Irish wolfhounds, and he or she had both twelve or fourteen…. i've got wasted my area and it slow, when you consider that evidently it used to be Irish wolfhounds. approximately all I knew approximately them was once that they're huge, so I referred to as a guy i do know who is aware canine and bought a couple of evidence, after which rang the indexed variety of the Ballou apartment on 67th highway. whilst a voice like a butler stated, “Mrs.

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