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Rex Stout
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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Non Basic Stock Line (1 Mar 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553763016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553763010
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NERO WOLFE ROCKS 12 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
I must disagree slightly with the above review's. Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe is always a pleasure to read and Where There's A Will is one of the more enjoyable - if only because it leaves you with a great desire to actually do physical harm to the clients yourself. I found myself wanting to rip the veiled lady's veil off or at least slap her, and as for the sister who wanted a million for her woman's university she made my teeth grate almost as much as Wolfe's!!

For once I did not solve the case until Wolfe did and the characters were well created. I loved the alcoholic lawyer, the pompous creations of these people were right on mark for the era - 1939 - and with a war coming you just knew they had no idea of how their lives were going to change forever. Trouble in Europe and politics were brushed lightly over and though it may not seem the best story to many in Nero Wolfe's history once I started I had to read right to the end because I just could not wait to find out what happened next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eminently re-readable delight 6 Aug 2013
By Frank 9
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If P G Wodehouse had written American detective stories with a left wing feel they would probably have come out very like the Nero Wolfe stories. Stylish, benign, witty stories revolving round a curious 'family' of beautifully drawn central characters enmeshed in satisfyingly intricate and improbable situations presided over by the gratifyingly infuriating Wolfe himself. This one involves three sisters fizzing with outrage over a dubious will their brother left before a death which turns out to be suspicious . . .
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rex Stout on Nero Wolfe is always worth a read 12 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
While this is not the best Nero Wolfe story, and I wouldn't recommend it for anyone's first dip into the Stout corpus, it is still Nero Wolfe and as such is a must for fans of the genre.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wolfe hits rock bottom 3 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
I agree with the previous reviewer (except I don't like Over My Dead Body either). Where There's a Will is the worst Wolfe novel (some of the short stories are also terrible). It's turgid stuff and I'd hate it to be anyone's first and last encounter with Wolfe.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stout's WORST, they say? Absolutely not! 3 May 2002
By A. Wolverton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Millionaire Noel Hawthorne has just died in a hunting accident. In his will, he leaves his sisters (named April, May, and June) a peach, a pear, and an apple, respectively. But, to a young woman who was _not_ his wife, he leaves a huge chunk of his fortune. The sisters come to Wolfe to find out what's behind this wacky will. But Wolfe suspects that maybe the hunting accident was no accident...
I am stunned to read that other reviewers consider this book to be one of Stout's worst. I completely disagree. How can this be a bad Wolfe entry when:
Wolfe is faced with _three_ women in his house at once
Wolfe faces the threat of arrest from Cramer
Fred Durkin has his best scenes in the series so far
Archie has one of his best outings
(And finally,) Wolfe leaves the house!
Sure, this is not the _best_ Wolfe story Stout ever wrote. It does have some character inconsistencies that later stories don't have. There are also some real problems with the plot. And, true, this would not be the book to start with for first-time Wolfe readers. But should it be included in the trash pile? Definitely not. An average Nero Wolfe story, after all, is better than most writers' "above average" output. Dig in.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where There's A Will...there's a death... 27 July 2004
By Michael Valdivielso - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Nero Wolfe and Archi Goodwin are asked to help break a will. It seems a very rich man, name of Noel Hawthorne, died and left most of his money to the 'OTHER WOMAN' and the wife is going to fight over it. His sisters DON'T want her to do so, as they all have good names they don't wish to be splashed through the mud of a very public, and very ugly, court battle. They want him to either stop the wife, break this will, find another will or maybe even get the 'OTHER WOMAN' to cough up some of the millions she will get.

Right when it looks like Wolfe will just dismiss it all with a 'Pfui!' the police show up. It seems Mr. Hawthrone was murdered.

Now Nero, with help from Archie, will have to get to the bottom of the murder if he wants any peace (or any money).
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Wolfe Junkies 25 Nov 2002
By Stephen McLin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
If you have read three or four Nero Wolfe books, and liked them, you will like this book. What's not to like about three sisters named April, May and June?
This is somewhat of an "inside baseball" of Wolfe -- lots of characters, constant action. Not a long book, but a lot of content.
Wolfe leaves his home, which is always an interesting twist, given how much he hates it.
Wolfe almost gets arrested and taken to Police HQ. He dictates a letter before he is to be taken, which forestalls his arrest. The letter is vintage Rex Stout.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excelling Nero Wolfe mystery 1 Sep 2010
By Rachel Gray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The back of my copy made it seem like the mystery in this book was: which veiled woman is the real widow? This added a level of interest above that of a regular Nero Wolfe mystery (if there is such a thing as a "regular" Nero Wolfe mystery). In actuality, the mystery is a much more standard: who is the killer? But it's still Nero Wolfe, so it's going to be interesting anyway.

Archie Goodwin is one of my favorite narrators, and he doesn't disappoint here. There are some surprises, as Wolfe gets rather more physically involved in the case than he usually prefers, and of course his genius leads to surprising leaps of impeccable logic. As I finished this book, I wondered why I ever read a book that's not a Nero Wolfe book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An early Wolfe 23 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A very fun read and worth it even if a little stiff. Stout had not quite arrived at the equality of relationship between Archie and Nero that made the books after the first three so much fun. The Red Box, Too Many Cooks, and Some Buried Caeser are the wonderful following books, but Where there's a will is still fun and good.
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