Murder by the Book by Rex Stout is a murder mystery starring the author’s signature sleuth Nero Wolfe. Armed with brilliant powers of deduction, Wolfe is morbidly obese, a glutton, shut-in, recluse, and orchid enthusiast. His loyal assistant Archie Goodwin does all the legwork; Wolfe’s keen intellect does the solving, and the two trade witty, good-natured barbs back and forth in between the pieces of the mystery falling into place. Rather than these personality quirks making Nero Wolfe seem interesting or unique, they just make him come across as fat and lazy. In no way is this a compelling yarn.