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Nero Wolfe attempts to find the killer who murdered his victim with Wolfe's own necktie, and he encounters a list of bizarre suspects, including a gun-toting wife and a cop-hating landlady....

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Homicide Trinity Reviews

  • BillKerwin
    2019-03-13 03:05

    Among mystery writers, Rex Stout stands out for four things: 1) devising the second most memorable eccentric detective genius, 2) creating--in Archie Goodwin--the breeziest, most deceptively effortless first-person narrative voice in detective fiction, 3) fathering the single greatest crime-solving pair ( although Holmes wins out slightly over Wolfe, Goodwin beats Watson hands down), and 4) being the absolute master of the 25,000 word detective novella.These three novellas are among Stouts finest. The first involves a prospective client strangled with Wolfe's necktie, the second features two identical guns and a mysterious strongbox, and the third introduces us to Hattie Annis, a crusty, cop-hating landlady who is one of the most vivid of Stout's incidental creations. If possible, read each in one sitting. Enjoy.

  • Evgeny
    2019-03-26 05:05

    The anthology consists of three novellas:Eeny Meeny Murder Mo.There were several times before when a dead body was found in or around Wolfe's home: one time on the front steps, and another was right in his office. Both times the detective took it as a great personal insult. Imagine his reaction when a dead body not only made a surprise appearance in his office, but his own necktie was used to strangle the victim. Nothing - and I do mean nothing - will stop him from getting the villain before the police does. Usually Wolfe is fairly impersonal in his investigations, but in this case he gloated at the murderer when he finally nailed him/her. The last page of the story contains a priceless scene. Suffice to say it left wisecracking Archie Goodwin speechless - most probably the first time in his life. Death of a Demon.A woman became obsessed with shooting her husband. Her solution? She went to Nero Wolfe and paid him for just listening to her about this with the promise that in case her husband is really shot he would disclose the conversation to the police. His reasoning was she would not want to do it as in this case she would not be able to avoid being caught. There is a really big hole in this logic which Wolfe spotted right away. Later events confirmed his arguments.Wolfe uses interesting psychological play to uncover the culprit. Counterfeit for MurderAn old unattractive lady came to Wolfe for consultation. Usually this is not the type of people who need his services considering the fees for said services, but Archie Goodwin decided to teach his boss a lesson and let her in. Before both detectives knew it they had a dead body, a bunch of counterfeit money, pissed off police, and equally pissed off Secret Service (Department of Treasury) on their hands. As I mentioned usually Wolfe's clients are very rich and most of the time not very nice people. This time he finally had a client I was able to sympathize with. I actually hoped the first dead body to make an appearance would not be hers. Imagine you have an old aunt, slightly batty but very nice nonetheless. As usual for any book of the series my final rating is 4 stars.

  • Alexis Neal
    2019-03-08 09:01

    A collection of three novellas, at least two of which will seem oddly familiar to Wolfe fans. In each case, the motive is established right from the get-go, and Wolfe faces a discrete collection of 4-5 murder suspects. The mysteries aren't terribly complex (these are short stories, after all), but Wolfe gets there ahead of the police every time.In 'Eeny Meeny Murder Mo', a woman comes to Archie for help. Archie naturally consults Wolfe--up in the plant rooms with the orchids, obviously--and when he returns to the office he finds nothing but a corpse. The woman has been strangled. If this reminds you of 'Disguise for Murder' in Curtains for Three, you're not alone. However, this story adds the humiliating fact that the victim was strangled using Wolfe's own soup-stained tie, which he left on his desk. Obviously, the killer must pay. The mystery itself centers around a law firm--specifically, a member of the firm that the dead woman saw meeting with an opposing client. But which member? Wolfe is determined to find out and uncover the murderer before the police. After all, no one strangles a woman with his tie in his office and gets away with it!In 'Death of a Demon', pretty young Lucy Hazen shows up in Wolfe's office with a gun. It is, she insists, the gun she is not going to shoot her husband with. She wants to, but she won't, and telling Wolfe is insurance to keep her from doing so. When her husband winds up dead, shot in the back with a gun of the same caliber as the gun Lucy turned over to Wolfe, things get complicated. Before long, Wolfe discovers that the dead man was no saint--he was, in fact, a blackmailer with a rather sick sense of humor, and any and all of his victims had good reason to want him dead. But who done it? And can Wolfe find the murderer before Inspector Cramer locks Lucy up for good?In 'Counterfeit for Murder', Wolfe and Archie find themselves in possession of some counterfeit money. Their client, one Hattie Annis, who found the money in her home and trusted Archie with it, doesn't like cops, and refuses to allow the detectives to turn it over to the authorities. Instead, they must find out which of her boarders is the counterfeiter--and, it turns out, a murderer to boot.This last story is the published version of 'Assault on a Brownstone' (published posthumously in Death Times Three)--and Stout picked the right version to publish all right. In 'Assault on a Brownstone', the eccentric Hattie Annis is the murder victim, and Archie meets and cooperates with T-woman (that is, Treasury agent) Tammy Baxter to catch the killer. Here, Ms. Annis survives the hit-and-run attempt, and Ms. Baxter winds up dead. This is a much better state of affairs, as Ms. Baxter is rather dull and annoying (and, as an attractive young woman, a rather run-of-the-mill object of interest for Archie). Ms. Annis, on the other hand, is visually unappealing and a total nutball, and Archie can't help liking her. She hates cops so much that she refuses to tell them a single thing, even when a murder is committed in her house. Instead, she barricades herself in her room and the cops have to bust down the door and carry her out. She is constantly telling Archie he's no good, and instructing him alternately to either call her Hattie or not to call her Hattie. Their interaction, and Archie's clear enjoyment of her eccentricity, makes for an entertaining read.All three stories are long on character, if a bit short on actual mystery, and Michael Prichard's narration of the audiobook version continues to be competent if not brilliant. This is definitely one that fans should check out, even if it's not the brightest start in the Wolfe universe.

  • Jim
    2019-02-28 07:22

    I definitely liked these the best. Short stories fit Nero Wolfe very well. All 3 cases were well done, interesting, & full of the quirkiness I expect of the series.

  • Tony
    2019-03-16 09:12

    HOMICIDE TRINITY. (1963). Rex Stout. ***.This is a collection of three short stories, or cases, that tell of further adventures of Nero Wolfe and his assistant, Archie Goodwin. The stories included are:Eeny Meeny Murder Mo: “Fighting three of the smartest lawyers in the business, Nero Wolfe’s own soup-stained tie becomes a deadly weapon of murder.”Death of a Demon: “That’s the gun I’m going to shoot my husband with, said the pretty lady, handing a revolver to Archie. But her husband was already dead, shot with an identical gun.”Counterfeit for Murder: “When a cop-hating landlady gives Nero Wolfe $40,000 to make the police eat dirt, and an actor at liberty takes the liberty of killing, Archie takes matters into his own hands.”Now, I’ve cheated and given the above summaries just as they appeared on the back of the paperback I’ve read. They’re not very good summaries, but you get the idea. These are the first short stories that I’ve read by Stout, and they’re not bad, but, obviously, Nero Wolfe is constrained to quick cerebral solutions of crimes without using a lot of his usual tricks.

  • Cherie
    2019-02-26 05:24

    I liked the last story the best! Hattie was a hoot.

  • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
    2019-03-15 07:19

    I see by other reviews here that I'm not crazy...or at least, not more than usual. The plots are familiar, though different to what I remembered. Because Stout, like Christie, recycled elements of them in other stories, or perhaps re-wrote the other stories and improved them. These are the improved versions, some of which I've seen in the A and E series of Nero Wolfe Mysteries, which taught me the Yiddish word "Schlampig" which means slovenly (or, if applied to a woman in a certain context, slutty). I enjoyed that story particularly, as Hattie Annis manages to get under Wolfe's guard and even causes him to chuckle! All three novellas present Wolfe in a new light, taking a case because he is angry at the system, himself, or the police. How dare someone kill a client in his house, with his own necktie? Yeah, that's right--it's his own fault for leaving the murder weapon to hand. He's a much kindlier genius than usual, even though two of his clients and one of his victims is a woman. Never did I think I'd read of Wolfe actually laughing out loud, let alone being polite to females. Archie is less abrasively judgemental of women in the stories, too.I listen to audibooks when cleaning or doing other boring tasks. Having been disappointed with my last Wolfe choice, I was relieved that this was much better. Michael Pritchard is not my favourite reader, but since he's my only choice for the Wolfe books, I'll make do.

  • Gary
    2019-03-01 08:13

    Getting used to every little detail...

  • Shireen
    2019-03-18 07:01

    The thing about Rex Stout's writing is that it's tight, matter-of-fact yet visually, auditorally, and smell-o-vision live. The characters are so strong it's like they're standing in front of you. By the time you finish your first Nero Wolfe mystery, you know Archie, Nero, Inspector Cramer, Fritz, and the principal clients as well as you know your own friends.Homicide Trinity provides three short Wolfe mysteries. I like compilations of shorts by my favourite mystery authors; unfortunately, they're harder to find than they used to be. They provide a quick immersion into a well-loved mystery series, reading them one at a time when you have only a few minutes to read -- or so that's the theory. However, these three stories were so compelling, I went right from the first into the second, barely pausing for a bite or breath. Whether you like mysteries or want to study how tight writing can succeed, check this one out from your library or buy it from your favourite bookstore. It's worth the price.

  • Matt
    2019-03-02 03:09

    It's discoveries like the fact that this wasn't already on my shelves that makes me think that, particularly with long series, that sometimes when Goodreads corrects its records it ends up removing books from my shelves. Fortunately I know I hadn't written a review before.Anyway, this is one of the best of those Nero Wolfe mystery books that contain three stories. In part because it has "Counterfeit to Murder" the story Stout wrote twice because the first time he realized he had the wrong murder victim. Hattie Annis, the client in this book, is one of the all time greats of Stout's characters. She's eccentric, flawed, and completely charming.

  • Carolyn
    2019-03-02 02:17

    This is absolutely my favorite of the three-story collections so far. Hattie Annis, the client in the third story, is absolutely my favorite character in the canon after Archie and Wolfe himself. If nothing else, read "Counterfeit for Murder."

  • Terri
    2019-03-17 06:59

    3 more murders to solve Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin have their hands full x 3. Always sharp dialogue and interesting plots. Reading a Rex Stout mystery is like visiting an old friend.

  • Marie
    2019-03-19 09:22

    Another fun trip of Nero Wolfe mysteries.

  • Jdetrick
    2019-02-23 07:05

    More great mysteries from Rex Stout.

  • Katie Bee
    2019-03-05 09:58

    I love Hattie Annis so much. I wish she was in more than just the one short story!

  • Adam Graham
    2019-02-25 09:21

    "Eeny Meeny Murder Mo"Bertha Aaron, the secretary to the Senior partner in a lawfirm comes to Wolfe's office because she suspects one of the other partners of colluding with an opposing client against the interests of the firm. Because the opposing client is involved in a divorce case, Archie knows he'll have a time convincing Wolfe to take the case.Wolfe doesn't want the case but finds himself involved when he and Archie return to the office to find Aaron murderered with Wolfe's discarded necktie. Because it's Wolfe's necktie, the onus is on him to beat the police to the solution.In some ways, this seems a variation on Disguise for Murder with Archie leaving a woman in the office and returning from the plantroom to find her murdered. They were so similar that A&E linked the two episodes for European syndication. Unfortunately, while this story has features, it's just not as good. Still I'll give it a Rating: Satisfactory"Death of a Demon"Lucy Hazen shows up at Wolfe's office and offers him $100 for an hour of his time. She wants to tell Wolfe that she wants to murder her husband and to secure Wolfe's promise to report it to the police. Wolfe takes her upstairs to show her the orchids and while they're upstairs, Archie hears on the radio that her husband was shot.Lucy ends up being arrested and hiring Wolfe to find out who did it. As is the case in the best Wolfe stories, Stout creates a memorable cast of suspects in the case of the murder of the blackmailing husband and Archie finds them all at the scene of the crime looking for the box of blackmail materials.The characters are solid, particularly for a novella, and Wolfe solves the case in true master detective fashion.Rating: Very Satisfactory"Counterfeit for Murder"A woman named Hattie Anniscomes to Wolfe's door looking quite disheveled and unlike the high value clients that Wolfe usually pays for and Archie's not inclined to let her in. However, Archie's willing to let her see the big guy because Wolfe is under the impression that he's a sucker for a certain type of woman and Archie thinks it'll be fun to show Wolfe up. Hattie has a stack of money that she found in her boarding house which shelters showbiz people whether they can pay their $5 a week rent or not. When Wolfe sends Archie to the boarding house to investigate, they find an undercover female Treasury Agent dead.The cop-hating Hattie Annis is without a doubt Wolfe's most interesting client so far. Her speech and personality (she calls Wolfe "Falstaff") make the story one of the most enjoyable to read.The mystery isn't half bad either. Throw in some T-men and the NYPD in a turf war and there are Few Wolfe stories of any length that can beat this one for pure entertainment value.Rating: Very SatisfactoryThe last two stories are simply superb and as good as the vast majority of Wolfe novels. The first one is solid as well and so I'll give this one a:Rating: Very Satisfactory.

  • Nan Silvernail
    2019-03-03 10:21

    Three Nero Wolfe Mysteries1) Eeny Meeny Murder Mo - Nero Wolfe gets a spot on his tie at lunch. He removes it in the office and leaves it on his desk. Archie Goodwin and Chef Brenner disapprove but decide to leave it there, reasoning that they have to draw the line at pampering Wolfe somewhere. So it is still there when a new client comes to call. Left alone on the office for a few minutes, a murderer makes use of it. Now Wolfe will go to any length to get the villain who dared to strangle someone in his office with his tie!2) Death of a Demon - A wife dreams over and over a dream of shooting her husband. She decides to bring the gun to Nero Wolfe and show it to him, thinking that if she tells him she and her subconscious both won't dare to go through with it. But while Wolfe uses up the rest of the appointment time showing her the orchids, news comes that the husband has been found shot - dead for some hours. Did her subconscious prevail? Is the woman who doesn't know she is a widow crazy or is she being framed?3) Counterfeit for Murder - A scraggly old woman shows up at the door of the old brownstone, her coat missing a button, hair uncombed and with a smudge on her face. But Archie likes the old feisty girl, so he lets her in and lets Wolfe in on a hell of a case! Hats off for Hattie, as amazing a character as New York has ever seen.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~SPOILERS TIED UP IN ONE OF WOLFE'S TIESCover Art - Err... um... Prettily drawn but it really has no relation to any of the stories.1) Can you hear Wolfe's bellow from here? Actually, he's silent and resolute, but totally seething. Someone dared to use his tie to kill a possible client, right in his office with so personal an object as his tie! It's good to see him get after the murderer with no thought to a fee. 2) Wacky! At first, you think the wife is a dreamy sort of total nut ball. But she's nowhere sick as her husband, a blackmailer who takes great delight getting together his victims for parties and making them all squirm with little dropped hints of their secrets. 3) This proves that even an old, unattractive and messily dressed woman can still become a client of Nero Wolfe. She earns a place in our hearts just for her NYC toughness. She's a landlady to a bunch of Broadway Wannabees and Hasbeens, so she has a huge heart. She survives being swiped by a car - back when cars were awfully massive, big and solid. She also refuses to go to the police station and Inspector Cramer -doing something he would never dare to try in Wolfe's house - has his boys break down her door and carry her off bodily to the police station! In the end, a ring of counterfeiters is nabbed and she has Wolfe make Cramer pay for that door. You just gotta love Hattie Annis!

  • Ed
    2019-03-16 08:18

    #37 in the Nero Wolfe series. Rex Stout rolls along with another collection of novellas featuring his stout detective. Only the slightest bits of the abckground date these otherwise timeless tales of love, revenge and greed. In "Eeny Meeny Murder Mo" a suspect establishes an alibi by witnessing Bobby Fischer in a tournament at the Manhattan Chess Club; in "Death of a Demon", a radio news broadcast has Fidel Castro castigating the government of the U.S. and the father of a suspect committing suicide 'five years ago in 1955'; and, in "Counterfeit for Murder", the only signs of age are prices, with a top-notch contract investigator being hired for $10 per hour.Nero Wolfe series - three novellas: "Eeny Meeny Murder Mo", first published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine;"Death of a Demon", first published in The Saturday Evening Post; and,"Counterfeit For Murder", first published in The Saturday Evening Post as "Counterfeiter's Knife".

  • Jessi
    2019-03-26 06:15

    Eeny Meeny Murder MoA client is murdered in Wolfe's office, with his own necktie. Does that upset him? More than a little.Death of a Demon"That's the gun I'm not going to kill my husband with." Though at the end of the first paragraph, this pronouncement starts off this story with a bang. Lucy Hazen has been married to her Public Relations husband for two years. She can't figure out quite why she wants to murder her husband, but she knows she wants to. While she's in the office, a radio announcer tells his listeners that the husband has been found dead. Is she just in Nero Wolfe's office to establish an alibi? Or was her blackmailing husband killed by someone else?Counterfeit for MoneyOne of the rare stories were Wolfe is stymied, by a woman no less. She is the client in the case, a woman who comes to the house wondering which one of her boarders is creating counterfeit money. Both Cramer and the feds get involved.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-04 09:01

    This was quite a discovery! I thought I'd read all the Wolfe novels, and two of the three stories were new to me. "Eeny Meeny Murder Mo," "Death of a Demon," and "Counterfeit for Murder" Archie is in top form here, sleuthing, griping, detecting, and developing a surprising protective streak for the cantankerous elderly Hattie in "Counterfeit for Murder." "Counterfeit for Murder" may be my new favorite in the Wolfe stories; it's not often the two take on a client who can match them in stubbornness.Wolfe, of course, is busy taking care of his orchids, trying to avoid work, and eating wonderful meals.For the rest of the "Books that Deserve Longer Reviews" review, check here, on Bookwyrme's Lair.

  • Debbie
    2019-03-01 06:24

    "Homicide Trinity" is a collection of three historical mystery short stories: "Eeeny Meeny Murder Mo," "Death of a Demon," and "Counterfeit Murder." They're set in New York City in the 1960's.Since these were short stories, there wasn't much time for clue-gathering, but they could be solved by the clues. Wolfe's genius was in setting up a test or asking a question that didn't seem directly related to whodunit but which revealed strong clues. I didn't guess whodunit in the second one, but I got it right in the other two. Archie's personality and interactions with the other characters was fun and is what draws me back to reading more Wolfe stories.There was no sex. These was a fair amount of bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this book to mystery fans.

  • Serena
    2019-03-15 09:59

    Eeny Meeny Murder Mo ***Death of a Demon ***Counterfeit for Murder ***My Rating System:* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

  • Mike
    2019-03-11 07:08

    I'd never read any of the Nero Wolfe mysteries before this book, but had enjoyed the A&E TV series based on them. After reading this book (which includes three stories, each in the 50-60 page range) the biggest thing that comes across is how dead perfect the casting of the three major characters (Wolfe, Goodwin, Cramer) was in the TV show. They just nailed it.As for the stories, while they will never be mistaken for classic literature they're fun (if formulaic) "hard-boiled" detective stories with distinctive characters and a good deal of humor. I'm looking forward to reading more of Stout's Nero Wolfe stories.

  • Peggy
    2019-03-26 04:57

    This is a collection of 3 stories. Nero Wolfe is a reclusive genius private detective. His sidekick Archie Goodwin helps him solve murderous puzzles. Each of these stand alone stories is clever and entertaining. In the first story the secretary of an attorney comes to Wolfe with a tale of betrayal in the firm where she works. In the second story a blackmailing public relations man is found murdered. In the third story a disheveled woman shows up on Nero Wolfe's door with a package of counterfeit money.

  • Michael
    2019-03-13 08:06

    When I discovered I enjoyed Nero Wolfe a few years back, I was delighted that I had such a huge number of books available ahead of me. I probably should have anticipated that there would also be a hell of a lot of repetition. This is especially acute in the books that slap together three or four short stories, where you can end up getting introduced to all of the secondary characters three times in an afternoon. I also like the short format less for compressing the cases beyond the chance for much real detecting. But, they are what they are, right?

  • David Monroe
    2019-03-20 01:54

    Homicide Trinity is a collection of Nero Wolfe mystery novellas by Rex Stout."Eeny Meeny Murder Mo," first published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine #220 (March 1962)"Death of a Demon," first serialized in three issues of The Saturday Evening Post (June 10, 17 and 24, 1961)"Counterfeit for Murder," first serialized as "The Counterfeiter's Knife" in three issues of The Saturday Evening Post (January 14, 21 and 28, 1961)It's worth reading if only for "Counterfeit for Murder" and the wonderful character of Hattie Annis.

  • Matthew
    2019-03-21 07:17

    Nothing to distinct this from other Nero Wolfe novels, aside from the fact that it's just a collection of three short stories.Archie and Wolfe still bicker delightfully, and the solution is still pulled out of Nero's ass somehow. The conclusion to these crimes never make any sense, and if the suspects never actually agreed to meet at Nero Wolfe's house, they would remain free, and the crimes go unsolved. But that wouldn't make for compelling reading.

  • Susan
    2019-03-19 07:56

    Wolfe stays put and does what he's supposed to do--think--in these three novellas. All three involve women clients, Wolfe's least favorite kind, but at least all of them are prepared to pay his fees. There's a tough Broadway landlady who finds a fortune hidden behind her bookcase and wants to split the reward with Wolfe; there's an unhappy wife who wants to find a way not to kill her husband; and there's a legal secretary who has the misfortune of being killed in Wolfe's own office.

  • Karan
    2019-03-12 02:12

    You can't go wrong with Nero Wolfe. These are the only other books except those by Wodehouse that I will someday know by heart! Goodwin and Wolfe are as usual neck deep in murders and it's a rollicking ride. A special mention must go out to the superb character of Hattie Annis in the last story - fantastic stuff. All in all, a must read for all Wolfe fans.

  • John
    2019-03-07 07:08

    As always, an entertaining read.Death of a Demon - a fairly average Wolfe story.Eeny Meeny Murder Mo - an especially fun one. Was also televised fairly well by A&E in their Nero Wolfe series.Counterfeit for Murder - The gem of the three. Hattie Annis is a superb character -- it is rare in the novellas for any characters to be able to upstage Wolfe and Archie! Lots of fun.