First Composed: 1937
First Published: 1938
Location: Kanawha Spa, West Virginia
Wolfe's Brownstone: Click to View Floorplan
Victim #1: Phillip Laszio (in Kanawha Spa kitchen)
Murderer: Raymond Liggett
Accomplice: Dina Laszio
Motive: Liggett and Dina wanted Laszio dead so they could be married
Weapon: Knife (in the back)
Client: Constanza Berin
Fee: Recipe for "saucisse minuit"
Nero Wolfe acquires a hard-won
sausage recipe in payment for freeing a chef from jail, solving the murder and getting shot in the cheek.
Archie Goodwin saves both
of them (Wolfe from murder and himself from marriage) in this adventurous romp in the West Virginia mountains. Once
again the murderer commits suicide after Wolfe exposes his guilt.