Mrs. Louise Robilotti, a well-meaning but judgmental socialite, hosts a charity dance where she tries to introduce four young women from a home for unwed mothers to prospective husbands. Although not the marrying kind, Archie agrees to fill in for a casual ne'er-do-well acquaintance complaining of a cold and proceeds to have a good time with the attractive women, the hostess' alcoholic daughter, and the free-flowing champagne. The evening suddenly comes to an abrupt end when one of the young women collapses and dies on the dance floor. Because the dead girl carried cyanide with her and openly talked about a death wish, suicide is initially suggested by Mrs. Robilotti who dreads the bad publicity a murder would bring. Along with Archie, Nero suspects that the death is indeed murder and together they expose the means, the motive, and the murderer. Written by
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The books chosen date from the 1930s to the 1960s. Rex Stout never aged the characters over the 30-40 years he wrote the books. See more
[narrating as he oils his pistols and then his typewriter
Nero Wolfe is a creature of habit. Every morning, from nine until eleven, he tends his 10,000 orchids and I, Archie Goodwin, his confidential secretary and legman extraordinaire, tend to business. And since there wasn't any business to tend to, I was preparing for action - if and when it ever came.
Jazz Suite No. 2 (Suite for Promenade Orchestra), VI - Waltz 2
Written by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performed by the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
conducted by Riccardo Chailly
Amazon.com ASIN B0000041ZT
Opening sequence and recurring dance theme See more