Nero Wolfe has had some difficult assignments, faithfully reported by his incorrigible assistant, Archie Goodwin, in Too Many Cooks, Some Buried Caesar, Over My Dead Body, etc. But never had there been such a case as this.
In the first place the Hawthorne family was eccentric, so there didn't seem to be any reason to call in the most eminent of private detectives because Noel Hawthorne left an apple, a peach, and a pear, respectively, to his three sisters.
But . . . it was not long before things took a decidedly diabolical turn. Murder, international intrigue were only two aspects of a case which required all Nero Wolfe's ingenuity and intelligence, and whose solution forced Nero not only to leave the sanctuary of his office but even flout the workings of justice!
"Wolfe frowned at her. He hated fights about wills, having once gone so far as to tell a prospective client that he refused to engage in a tug of war with a dead man's guts for a rope." (pp. 8-9)
A cracker of Nero Wolfe mystery! Start with a murder, add a generous handful of suspects, a sprinkling of clues, a dressing of another murder and garnish with Archie's inimitable commentary and banter. A perfect recipe. And it even gets the fat detective out of his house on a case! Superb! [goodreads.com]