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Wolfe earns a big league call-up after a senator gets taken out at the ball gameArchie Goodwin and Saul Panzer have ventured into the wilds of northern Manhattan to watch the Giants take on the Dodgers at the Polo Grounds. The national anthem is just winding down when Panzer spies a notable in the box seats: state senator Orson Milbank, a silver-haired scoundrel with enemiWolfe earns a big league call-up after a senator gets taken out at the ball gameArchie Goodwin and Saul Panzer have ventured into the wilds of northern Manhattan to watch the Giants take on the Dodgers at the Polo Grounds. The national anthem is just winding down when Panzer spies a notable in the box seats: state senator Orson Milbank, a silver-haired scoundrel with enemies in every corner of upstate New York. In the fourth inning, a monstrous line drive brings every fan in the grandstand to his feet—every fan save for one silver-haired senator, who has been shot dead by a sniper in the upper deck.Archie’s employer—the rotund genius Nero Wolfe—has no interest in investigating the stadium slaying, but Archie is swayed by the senator’s suspiciously lovely widow. Her husband was mired hip-deep in corruption, and sorting out who killed him will be a task far less pleasant than an afternoon at the ball park....

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Murder in the Ball Park Reviews

  • Sue
    2018-12-01 19:41

    I've never before read a Nero Wolfe mystery and now I find I have likely been missing something. From what I have read elsewhere, Goldsborough recreates Rex Stout's world of mid-century New York quite well. All I can say is that the style, the dialogue, the characters, the plot and the Christie-like denouement all were a pleasure to read. I'll be back---whether to the original books or to Mr Goldsborough's wonderful homage follow-up writings, probably both.An ecopy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley without promise of positive review.

  • Hobart
    2018-12-02 01:36

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me 5 times? You're writing Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin novels and I just can't help myself. When I was on page 19, I actually put in my notes, "if this book wasn't about Wolfe and Archie, I wouldn't read another word." But it was about them, so I read the whole thing.There's no attempt at all to mimic Stout, his voice, pacing, etc. And this is a good thing -- if you can't do it successfully, it just comes across as bad (a recent example in another medium is the Dan Harmon-less season 4 of Community). Goldsborough came close with Murder in E Minor, which is why it'll always be the book least likely to get him pilloried by anyone. But here he doesn't even try -- this is someone using familiar characters in his own voice, and that'd fine. I figure it's like when Sammy Hagar got to stop singing songs written for David Lee Roth and instead focus on songs written for him -- same band, but it came across very differently. When I was able to think of this as a Goldsborough novel rather than a non-Stout, it was a better experience. Not good, really, but better.You read series to spend time with characters you like/love. That's a given -- and even when someone other than their creator is doing the telling, you can still enjoy them (see: most TV and comic series). But when they really don't seem like themselves, it's really not that fun to hang out with them. And that's the biggest problem here -- another voice, I think I could handle. If that voice got the characters right. And Goldsborough falls flat here (flatter than ever before, I think)The book starts off with Archie and Saul at a ball game, when an important looking fellow comes in and sits a few rows ahead of them. Archie doesn't know who he is, so Saul dumps a whole bunch of information on the gentleman -- a state senator of some repute. Here I called foul for the first of many times -- Archie reads, what, two papers every morning? Or is it three? (I don't care enough at this point to do the five minutes of research it'd take to verify this). He doesn't need for Saul "The Expositor" Panzer to fill him in on all these details in an uncharacteristically verbose way. Just a shameful way to use Saul, anyway.The middle hundred (give or take) pages were so hard to get through. Archie and Wolfe talk to the three main suspects as well as five people close to the case and Inspector Cramer. Each and every one of them gave the exact same list of suspects (obviously the suspects left themselves out) -- in the same order of likelihood -- and then each of them (including the suspects) gave nearly identical reasons why each suspect should and shouldn't be considered. It was just painful, you could practically sing along with the characters by the end. "Second verse, same as the first."I don't want to get into specifics here, but I was less than a quarter of the way through the book when I saw the hinge on which everything turned. It was so obvious, it was annoying. I don't expect Goldsborough to be as good as Stout (rarefied company anyway), but someone who's read as many mysteries as this guy seems to have should've been better at hiding the solution.Lastly, the dialogue was simply atrocious. After said VIP is killed, Archie tells Saul.I don't want to be here when Inspector Cramer or, heaven forbid, his dull-witted, stuttering underling, Lieutenant George Rowcliff, shows up. Each of them would try to pin this on me somehowWhat's wrong with this? Sure, Archie might say "Inspector Cramer" here, rather than simply "Cramer," but I doubt it. But there's no way he rambles on with full name and rank of Rowcliff -- period. And that lumbering "dull-witted, stuttering underling"? Pfui. Saul knows Rowcliff. Archie might put that in his narration, but he's not going to do that in dialogue with his old pal. Later, when asking how Archie learned something, Lily says, Your old friend and poker-playing adversary Lon Cohen, no doubt. No. No. No. Lily's lines should sing. The banter between she and Archie should have zip. Not this tin-eared nonsense.I could go on, but I won't. Just one other way that Goldsborough refuses to respect the characters that made this series what it is.When I was about halfway done with this book, I posted this to Facebook, and I think it sums things up pretty well:Next time a Robert Goldsborough book comes out, I need as many of you as possible to whack my nose w/a rolled-up newspaper and tell me, "no."Probably won't do any good, but it's still the humane thing to do.

  • John Yeoman
    2018-11-30 00:30

    As a great admirer of Robert Goldsborough and his Nero Wolfe pastiches, I truly wanted to like this story. But... its red herring is a suspect so obviously villainous that he must be innocent, and is. It drops in the key clue toward the start so clumsily that it gives the game away. (I tumbled it 40,000 words before Wolfe did.) Its dialogue is unnatural: everyone speaks with perfect grammar and in the same stilted cadence. And, wholly unpardonably, it introduces a deus ex machina. Archie is being held at gunpoint by two hoodlums. Who should arrive but a friend, armed to the teeth and fortuitously equipped with handcuffs? He just happened, for no plausible reason, to be following Archie around. Lo, our hero is saved!As Wolfe might have said: 'Phooey'.Oh, how I yearned for a clever twist in the last scene! For a double bluff, in which the obvious villain truly was the culprit!For something worthy of Rex Stout... It was not to be. Phooey.

  • Robert
    2018-12-08 01:13

    First, a word about the book cover. It is simply awful. It looks as if it took all of two full minutes to design with a complete absence of thought or creativity. This is in keeping with the rest of the Goldsborough-Nero Wolfe series reprints from Mysterious Press. They all look as if an unpaid intern were tasked with quickly tossing something together, complete with an open source stock photo, all with a budget of nothing. The result is a book cover that is wholly uninteresting and certainly not up to the past standards of Mysterious Press. Also, in this edition, there are minor typos throughout, which are listed below. In earlier Nero Wolfe stories, Mr. Goldsborough brought Archie and Nero Wolfe up to date in present day. (at the time the 1980's and 90's) Now, he sets the sleuths back to 1950, when men still wore suit to ties to baseball games. The story itself, without going into detail, is slow moving, long winded and dialogue heavy, although the author does a decent job of emulating Nero Wolfe's pomposity for pedantic and bombastic verbosity. But, the mystery is slow to progress, and not much of a puzzler once the necessary clues are revealed. Errors & Typos: pp. 19 "I'm"pp. 70 "I've"pp. 99 "Any""pp. 147 "as"pp. 197 " join you here tonight, nine o'clock" Should be "tomorrow night"

  • K.B. Hallman
    2018-12-03 03:38

    Goldsborough is not Rex Stout. And his Archie and Nero are not nearly as well drawn as the originals. But I'm grateful that Goldsborough is keeping them going. The world is a better place with Archie and Nero. It really is.

  • Silver Screen Videos
    2018-12-09 19:35

    Authors may die but their characters live on, and, in increasing number of cases, they live on in works written by other authors. Several authors have penned James Bond novels in the decades since Ian Fleming’s death, and Jason Bourne and Philip Marlowe soldier on as well. Among mystery fans, including myself, few detectives are as iconic and beloved as Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe, so I was appreciative (and a bit apprehensive as well) when he and Archie Goodwin found a new voice as well, in the person of Robert Goldsborough, author of a series of authorized “new” Wolfe novels. My first experience with Goldsborough has been Murder in the Ball Park, and, while this book is a decent effort, it’s by no means inspired or especially authentic seeming.Although Goldsborough set some of his new Wolfe novels in the years following Stout’s last work, “Murder in the Ball Park” takes place in the late 1940’s, which most fans agree was the time period that produced the best of the Wolfe oeuvre, both in terms of the quality of Stout’s books and the generally appropriate period feel (that’s when the Timothy Hutton TV series is set as well). The ballpark in question is the Polo Grounds, home of the New York Giants, and Archie and Saul Panzer are there to see a midweek Dodgers/Giants game. The game is rudely interrupted when a local politician in attendance is shot and killed by a sniper positioned somewhere in the empty outfield seats. The politician’s widow offers Wolfe a bundle to investigate the case, which he eventually does, and, to no one’s surprise, eventually figures it out and unmasks the killer in a meeting with all the suspects in his office.Fans of Wolfe and Archie will be delighted to know that almost all the series favorites appear in Murder in the Ball Park, including Inspector Cramer, Lon Cohen from the Gazette, Fritz the chef, Wolfe’s beloved orchids, and, of course, Archie’s occasional dancing partner, Lily Rowan. And, as in most of Stout’s own novels, there are suspects galore, including some political foes and the dead man’s mistress and her husband. But, while the story is in many ways traditional, it’s also clearly written with 21st century sensibilities. A key plot point involves the planned construction of a freeway through the Westchester suburbs and beyond, a project that might either encourage new business or destroy the rustic environment. That’s not something Stout wrote about, nor did he spend much time on the subject of PTSD, which rears its head in the person of a disturbed World War II vet who might be the actual sharpshooter.Other than these clearly anachronistic storylines, the plot of Murder in the Ball Park, reads much like a Stout novel, albeit not one of the best. The familiar banter among the characters is there, as is Archie’s skill in interviewing a wide variety of witnesses, but there are no memorable interchanges and the ultimate solution to the mystery is a bit of a disappointment. Further, Goldsborough often seems a bit too eager to shoehorn almost every bit of trivia from the Wolfe canon into Murder in the Ball Park, so much so that at times I felt he had a list and was checking off various items (“mention the hours that Wolfe spends with his orchids every day”) as he put them into the manuscript. In addition, some of the characters just didn’t act right. For example, Lon Cohen helps get background information on the various suspects (which happened a good bit in the Stout novels), but he then feels compelled to remind Wolfe on multiple occasions to let him have the scoop when Wolfe breaks the case (something I can’t picture Cohen as doing).So, assigning a rating to Murder in the Ball Park is tough. Goldsborough has clearly made a sincere effort to capture the essence of Rex Stout, and the book is well worth reading for Stout fans, although no one will mistake it for an original work. But what does work in the book, some individual scenes such as yet another classic confrontation between Wolfe and Cramer or Archie and Saul debating the respective attributes of the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers, will bring a smile to the face of Wolfe lovers anywhere. So, I will score Murder in the Ball Park, not as a home run or a strikeout, but, instead a ground rule double… 3.5 stars rounded up to four on the strength of the nostalgia value alone.

  • Bmj2k
    2018-11-25 00:34

    Robert Goldsborough certainly knows how to write a Nero Wolfe mystery. And while this book is enjoyable and feels like a Rex Stout Wolfe novel, Goldsborough has lost a little off his fastball in the more than a decade since his last Nero Wolfe book.To be sure, all the elements are there- the rumble of the elevator, the orchids, the peephole (hidden behind a picture of the Washington Monument, but wasn't it usually a picture of a waterfall?) and of course Nero and Archie. Nero is pitch-perfect, though with one flaw I will soon get to. Archie, however, never quite rang true to me. He was too flip and glib with his client, never serious enough. This was an Archie who seemed to be less serious than he ought to be when he ought to be. The client was not treated with enough respect, to the point of my surprise.SPOILERS POSSIBLE FROM HERE ONThe mystery never really got going. There was never more than one motive, yet there was never a clear suspect. It wasn't that there were many potential killers, is was that there were too few. None of the suspects fit the bill. Included in the mix was a mafia boss who was so clearly not the killer that it was almost a twist that he wasn't the killer. It was so obvious he was innocent you almost expected him to be the killer. In a lesser author that would have been a cliche. I give points to Goldsborough for avoiding the cliche, but take them away for adding in this unnecessary character. He is there to do little but A- rightfully proclaim his innocence and B- add a little action to an otherwise action-less tale. The solution of the mystery was obvious to me from too early on, and I hope obvious to you too. In fact, it was so obvious that it was glaring that Wolfe didn't see it until it was too late. Was he fixated on the dinner Fritz was preparing? Trouble with the orchids? Nope, he just misses the ridiculously obvious. This was an extremely weak mystery.Despite the murder taking place in a long-demolished ballpark, the story feels very modern. Too modern, really. Much of the dialogue was about soldiers returning from war with PTSD (though it is never named) and how we owe them a debt and they deserve better health care and treatment. This was certainly true then as well as now but I don't recall it being a theme of most literature at the time. It certainly reads as if written with today's morals in mind. Thought it wasn't said in these exact words, the modern phrase/cliche "thank you for your service" rings throughout these pages. Certainly a worthy sentiment, but one that rings false for the era the novel is set in. Overall, it isn't a bad read, but it is a lightweight addition to the Nero Wolfe canon.

  • Richard Schwindt
    2018-11-13 03:14

    Sherlock Holmes pastiches are a dime a dozen. James Bond pastiches are not uncommon thought it is more difficult to capture the tone, and they are rarely done well. Nero Wolfe is perhaps the most difficult of the lot. Though filled with obvious set pieces and the almost unchanging routine there is "tone" - a feeling of universality to a good Wolfe novel that cannot be reproduced. Even the admirable TV mysteries with Maury Chaykin and Timothy Hutton never quite nailed it. Written by an extroverted polymath they remain treasures many years since the last was written. Having said all that, Robert Goldsborough does a not bad job of reproducing them. While the outcome will never satisfy me or any other purist his mysteries are good stories, well recorded. I don't know when he decided to go back to the fifties following previous attempts to modernize Wolfe but I approve. Wolfe scowling at a computer never worked for me. In this novel an ambitious politician is shot from a distance in a baseball park. The suspects, most of them concerned about a proposed roadway, abound and include at least one nasty gangster. Wolfe is unimpressed, Archie does some of his best legwork and in the end we are presented with a satisfying story and solid entertainment. Recommended to either veteran Wolfe readers or anyone looking for a good easy reading diversion.

  • Jerry Ehrsam
    2018-11-16 19:19

    Baseball, politics, & Murder....who shot the Senator?As usual, Goldsborough’s talent shows through on another Nero Wolfe mystery! A popular state Senator is shot at a N.Y. giants game! Who killed him and why? With Archie Goodwin and Saul Panzer sitting a few seats away, it seems doubtful they and of course Nero Wolfe wouldn’t be pulled into this case! Well written, as usual, and the conclusion will throw you for a loop!

  • David Johnston
    2018-11-10 21:23

    I think the guy gets a bad rap for writing Nero Wolfe without being Rex Stout. His writing of Wolfe and Goodwin is OK, I think. Except...I was irritated by the repeated reference to "co-eds from Vassar". It's clearly 1949-1950. There are no co-eds from Vassar. There won't be until the 60s. And the pacing of this book is not so hot.

  • Nancy
    2018-11-16 20:23

    Robert Goldsborough hit it out of the ball park with this contemporary addition to the Nero Wolfe canon.I have read all of Goldsborough's Nero Wolfe books and this was one of the best. The characters were true to Rex Stout's vision and the storyline never failed to be interesting.Satisfactory.

  • Barry
    2018-11-28 22:37

    Though it really was not up to the greatness that Rex Stout put into his Nero Wolfe books, it was a good entertaining book. Close to stout but not quite there, yet a very good mystery and a great denouncement as always.

  • Judith Kerr
    2018-11-13 00:35

    Goldsborough attempts to follow Nero Wolfe`s style. Read this for mystery club. Wolfe was an egocentric fat man. The ending is usually a gathering of all possible candidates for the criminal to announce the findings of Nero and Archie.

  • Kimberly
    2018-12-12 01:24

    How did they get back to the 1940's and 1950's when the first several were talking about PCs and driving a Mercedes Benz?

  • Geoff Barlow
    2018-12-08 01:39

    A delightful whodunnit that recalls the Golden Age of American mystery. Reads like a tapestry of Norman Rockwell art. Recommended.

  • Adam Graham
    2018-11-15 20:37

    I'm sure Robert Goldsborough is a nice man and her's nobly tried to carry on the Nero Wolfe stories. I bare him no animus. That said, this is the worst mystery novel I've read in my life. It's a bad novel as a Nero Wolfe book, and it's a horrible mystery.It begins on the cover. The cover trim is nice (only one of two good things I can say about the book), but the picture looks like a cheap public domain picture and I'm not sure what era it's from. This was important, as I was thrown by the timing of the novel. Goldsborough previous run of Wolfe novels updated Wolfe to the late 1980s and early '90s. His most recent, Archie Meets Nero Wolfe: A Prequel to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe Mysterieswas set in the 1920s when Archie first met Nero Wolfe. This one was set in the 1950s for some reason. However, since that wasn't clear from the get go, I didn't think at the time that it was odd for Archie to be asking and receive an info dump from Saul Panzer. However, given that this is the same Archie Goodwin who reads both the Gazette and Times every day, having Saul suddenly give all the back story on a prominent State Senator for Archie's benefit was stupid.Archie and Panzer are in the park and they see the selfsame Senator murdered in the state and make a bee-line for the exit. The fact that they were at the stadium to see the murder doesn't serve any purpose for the plot, and nearly all the information that Saul Panzer dumped in Chapter 1 for some reason is later repeated by other characters throughout the book meaning the entire first Chapter was completely pointless.From Chapters 2-26, there are key two points to address: First of all, Archie Goodwin as written by Rex Stout is one of the most fun to read narrators in any language. Unfortunately, Goldsborough appears to have completely lost that in this book. All the rough edges and the humor that makes Archie so fun to read is gone leading to a very flat narrative that lacks personality.This brings me to the second big complaint with the bulk of this book, it is boring. The questioning is repetitive and irrelevant, the dialogue is dull, the the characters are uninteresting and shallow, the settings aren't interesting. The progress of the case is mostly uninteresting. There were two exceptions to this. There was a so-so scene with Archie, Saul, and some gangsters that's okay. The sister of a veteran who committed suicide is a decent character though histrionics in the last act kind of weaken her power. But other than that, it's a tedious tale.We get to see totally unnecessary details. For example, Archie wants to talk to a suspect who is a candidate to replace the State Senator and so instead of making an appointment or arranging to see her when she's not busy, Archie goes down to a long press conference about a proposed state highway that goes on for four pages. Worst of all, nothing in the interaction between the long-standing characters sizzles. Two visits by Cramer are dull beyond belief, and there are no good moments for Archie or Wolfe.Chapter 27 stands out as the one entertaining chapter in the book where Goldsborough did something Stout never did. He showed us in detail how Archie managed to gather all the suspects for the denouement and how he manages to get everyone including the murderer there. It was a fun chapter as Archie plays everyone. If the rest of the book where this good, this would have been a five star book.Unfortunately, the final showdown doesn't go well and that is a shame because in the three prior Goldsborough books I'd read, he usually finished the book strong with a good final scene for Wolfe. In this case, the drama is minor and the interruptions Wolfe allows really detract from the scene particularly after Wolfe threatens to (but doesn't) eject the offending parties. The solution has two problems. First, it's far fetched particularly given that the murder was a high powered rifle where the bullet traveled to its target in about a third of as second. Not only that, but it basically means that most of the line of inquiry in the book was a waste of our time. The nature of the solution and the whole story behind the murder made it the type of story that Rex Stout might have told, but it would have been in a novella rather than a novel. The effort to stretch this story out for more tan 220 pages led to it being padded beyond reason. I also have to comment that Goldsborough's Wolfe was weaker than in other stories, particularly his very stilted dialogue at the end of the book. This is a shame because Goldsborough has usually had a decent grasp of Wolfe, but not so in this story.This is story is flummery and pretty boring flummery at that. It fails on nearly every level, unless the goal was to waste four hours of the readers life.

  • Jane
    2018-11-26 20:25

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  • Christine
    2018-11-15 00:14

    Archie Goodwin and Saul Panzer plan for a relaxing day attending a baseball game together. It’s an exciting game, but things really get interesting when they witness the murder of state senator Orson Milbank. Archie convinces his employer, the famous detective Nero Wolfe, to investigate the case. Soon Archie is on the hunt, gathering the evidence Wolfe needs to find a murderer.I have read many of the original Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout as well as those written by Robert Goldsborough. I loved the original books and think Goldsborough perfectly captures Rex Stout’s style and the essence of the characters, the setting, and the era. The opening event of the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers playing a baseball game in the Polo Grounds as well as dinner conversation about the Korean War set the tone of the time period of the book even though these new books are being written today. All of the elements you would expect in a Nero Wolfe novel are present in the latest by Goldsborough. Although new, this is a classic Wolfe mystery with Wolfe reluctantly taking a new case and Archie wisecracking his way throughout New York doing the legwork, ending with the usual dramatic finale in the brownstone with Wolfe drinking beer behind his desk, the client in the honored red leather chair, and all the suspects gathered for the big reveal. I was also especially pleased to see Archie’s frequent companion Lily Rowan play a part in the book. I always connected with Lily’s character in the original books, and she’s just as likeable as written by Goldsborough. I enjoyed this book and the chance to spend time with characters I love with an interesting mystery that kept me guessing. Although Wolfe himself would declare the book “satisfactory”, mystery readers, especially those who enjoy Archie and Wolfe, will find it to be wonderful.I received this book from NetGalley through the courtesy of Open Road Media in exchange for an honest review.

  • Ed
    2018-11-14 01:29

    #9 in the Nero Wolfe series continuation by Robert Goldsborough following the death of Rex Stout who created the character and had 47 series entries. Author Goldsborough provides authentic and enjoyable series entries. This time out, the action takes place in a throwback to 1950. The Polo Grounds is still occupied by the NY Giants before their defection to San Francisco, a mealtime conversation discusses the possibility of using nuclear weapons against North Korea (what has changed in 65 years), LaGuardia is what the airport is now being called, The Mirror is a daily tabloid, and I've Got A Secret is a brand new TV game show. Flashbacks of NYC, snappy dialogue and familiar characters, and a reasonable mystery make this series entry an enjoyable read.Nero Wolfe series - Archie Goodwin and Saul Panzer take in the Dodgers vs the Giants at the Polo Grounds. The national anthem is just winding down when Panzer spies a notable in the box seats: state senator Orson Milbank, a silver-haired scoundrel with enemies in the counties north of New York City. In the fourth inning, a monstrous line drive brings every fan to his feet—every fan save for one silver-haired senator, who has been shot dead by a sniper in the upper deck. Archie’s employer—the rotund genius Nero Wolfe—has no interest in investigating the stadium slaying, but Archie is swayed by the senator’s suspiciously lovely widow. Her husband was mired hip-deep in corruption, and sorting out who killed him will be a task far less pleasant than an afternoon at the ball park.

  • Ellen
    2018-12-08 19:29

    Nero and Archie continues...Picture yourself back in the early 1950's. An era when the New York Giants were Kings and the shot heard round the world in the 1951 game at the bottom of the 9Th inning was the talk of the town. We're sitting in the front row seats at the Polo Grounds watching a game when a homer is hit...and another hit takes place. It's the second hit I'm speaking of that this story is centered on. A politician, state senator Orson Milbank, is shot and killed during this baseball game. Who and why Senator Milbank was killed is the mystery. All we are given is the anger over a new road proposed to be built that will ruin much of the quiet countryside in that area. Senator Milbank's stand recently wavered on that proposal which may have angered many.Robert Goldsborough does a masterful job re-creating the Nero Wolfe-Archie Goodwin scenario and as a lifelong fan of Nero and all that encompasses his Brownstone I am eternally grateful. I am also grateful to the family of Rex Stout specifically Barbara Stout and Rebecca Stout Bradbury for given R.G. permission to continue the Nero Wolfe series in keeping with Rex's original theme. Excellence at his best...Nero Wolfe.

  • Anne
    2018-12-04 19:17

    Murder in the Ball Park is a faithful (as I remember them, it's been over 20 years since I've read a Rex Stout book) continuation of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series. It's a traditional mystery set in the late 40's or early 50's and features many of the usual cast of supporting characters: Saul, Lon, Cramer, Fritz and Stebbins. Lily is mentioned a couple of times. It also features the big confirmation of the bad guy by one of the characters and the denouement by Wolfe.I enjoyed reading an old fashioned mystery, but like I found the original, it reads a little sluggishly to me. I knew immediately who the killer was and why once all the characters had been introduced. I don't think that was a flaw in the writing, just me being an experienced mystery reader. I think readers should be able to follow along and get clues so they can solve the crime. I recently read one and there was no way you could figure it out and I don't think that's fair, though I generally don't bother to really track clues. I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • HBalikov
    2018-12-01 00:28

    The setting initially is the old Polo Grounds ballpark where the Giants and Dodgers are playing post World War II. Archie Goodwin, Nero Wolfe's right-hand, and Saul Panzer, Nero's left-hand, are in attendance. (Robert Goldsborough is carrying on Rex Stout's detective, Nero Wolfe, the fat man who solves cases without ever leaving his Manhattan house.)Back to the game: a ball is hit following the trajectory of Bobby Thompson's classic smash; the crowd rises and cheers; a state senator in the box seats collapses near our detectives, murdered by a bullet nobody heard or saw.Plenty of suspects from the Five Boroughs as well as the counties north where the senator was involved in a contentious project to built a new parkway linking the bucolic hinterlands to New York City. Some of the usual snappy dialogue and atmosphere of life in a country trying to return to normal after the big war. The plot was tight enough to bring a satisfactory resolution.

  • Deb Novack
    2018-11-18 20:17

    Archie goes to a baseball game at the Polo Grounds and there is also a New York State Senator Milbank in the box next to him and the senator is shot and killed by a sniper thus begins Nero Wolfe's next case.The senators widow Elise Du Val a former actress hires Nero to find out who killed her husband. Among those interviewed were Mona Fentress the press secretary and her husband,Jonah Keller real estate big shot,Franco Bacelli the Mob boss,Keith Musgrove personnel pollster of the senator, Howard Baxter head of CLEAR who is a little eccentric and Ross Davies campaign manger,As the story progresses it takes and unexpected twist. Great storyline and characters. All Nero Wolfe lovers should read it.Thanks to Open Road/Mysterious Press and Net Galley for allowing me to read another great Nero Wolfe Mystery.

  • P D MacMillan
    2018-11-16 01:31

    After all of Goldsborough's other Wolfe pastiches being set in the present day, I admit I was disappointed that this latest one was set in the past, because I was enjoying his depictions of Wolfe & Archie adapting to the Internet age. Also, this novel had a really prolonged introduction which seemed to have no other purpose than proving that the author had researched all the main characters. You shouldn't need to spend more than one chapter introducing the characters. That is why I have only given this 3 stars. Once the story FINALLY got rolling it was OK. There were a few off character incidents, such as Saul Panzer saving Archie's bacon when Archie can generally take care of himself, but not enough to really spoil my enjoyment of the novel. I hope Mr Goldsborough continues to write Nero Wolfe tales.

  • Maggie
    2018-12-07 19:13

    Another satisfactory Nero Wolfe mystery from Robert Goldsborough.

  • Betty
    2018-11-17 20:13

    The return of Nero Wolfe and Archie and friends is a welcome back to their world. I have read Rex Stout's books a number times. I felt that I was again into Nero's world.Archie and Saul attends a baseball game at Polo Park. There is a commotion near and,they hear gunshot. Looking into it, they discover a state senator has shot in the head. Nero is offered blank check by the senator's wife to find the killer. Wolfe is not interested until Archie pushed. There the usual science where denounces the killer.I received a free copy fron Netgalley for an hoonest review

  • Chi Dubinski
    2018-11-29 23:11

    While Archie Goodwin and Saul Panzer are watching a Giants game at the Polo Grounds, they witness the death of a state senator, Orson Milbank, a womanizer with higher political ambitions. A sniper in the ballpark’s upper deck killed the senator, but that’s as much as the police have discovered.The senator’s widow, a lovely ex-starlet and an acquaintance of Archie’s friend Lily Rowan, persuades Nero Wolfe to take the case. Goldsborough captures the atmosphere, the dialog, and most importantly, the characters of Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe. A sequel worthy of Rex Stout.

  • Catherine Woodman
    2018-11-17 21:18

    This is very much like the Nero Wolf books--with all the same characters and places and foods, and the same time setting--it really churns the old pattern, and doesn't move anything at all out of place. Which may be the point, but in that case why not go back and read the old Rex Stout's? Who can remember the plots after so many years (I read them in the 1970's)? I am sure that there are contractual reasons why this series is mired so firmly in the past, but I found it too formulaic and tired feeling to a more modern ear.

  • Susan
    2018-11-23 20:38

    Archie Goodwin and Saul Panzer are enjoying a ball game at the Polo Grounds when a controversial state senator is shot by a sniper nearby. When the beautiful wife of the senator asks for Wolfe's help, Archie is interested enough to push Wolfe into doing some work. Goldsborough usually does a little better in catching Rex Stout's tone; while this was entertaining, I never forgot I was reading a pastiche and not the real thing.

  • Bill
    2018-11-16 03:18

    A new Nero Wolfe! We are so lucky to have Robert Goldsborough picking up the pen of the mystery master, Rex Stout, giving us another new episode in the lives of Archie Goodwin and his genius boss, Nero Wolfe.Those of us who have read through Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series – some of us many times – know that Archie and Nero Wolfe are in good hands once more.This is a not to be mixed mystery and a generous contribution to one of the best mystery series of all times.