Excerpt from Gambit, a Nero Wolfe Mystery

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

This week was a re-read of a classic hard-boiled detective mystery. Gambit, by Rex Stout, features Nero Wolfe, the gourmand detective and Archie his faithful assistant. I read all of my dad’s Nero Wolfe books growing up, along with his Louis L’Amour and Max Brand westerns and Farley Mowat.

She was staring up at me. “He’s burning up a dictionary?”

“Right. That’s nothing. Once he burned up a cookbook because it said to remove the hide from the ham end before putting it in the pot with lima beans. Which he loves most, food or words, is a toss-up.”

Rex Stout, Gambit


A private club is the setting for murder when Paul Jerim, playing chess with twelve opponents, is poisoned. When her father is accused of the murder, beautiful Sally Blount calls on gourmet detective Nero Wolfe to find the real killer.


  1. I’ve never tried the Nero Wolfe series. It does sound interesting. Now you have me wondering if my dad ever read them. I imagine he probably tried it. He was a big Louis L’Amour fan–and loved Tony Hillerman.

  2. I read all the Nero Wolfe mysteries when I was younger and enjoyed them immensely. My teaser this week comes from Wolf Trouble by Paige Tyler. Happy reading!

  3. Nice tease. I used to read my dad’s L’Amour westerns too. I don’t think he was much of a Wolfe and murder reader, though. I am. 🙂

    sherry @ fundinmental My TT

  4. Not one I’ve read but I’d like too. Catchy teaser for sure!

    Here’s my TT – http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/07/28/teaser-tuesdays-123-onyx-webb/

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