Some of Nero Wolfe's most interesting cases come about because he and Archie are having a fight about something and get themselves involved in a case they might not otherwise have taken. That's pretty much what happens in "If Death Ever Slept ," Rex Stout's 1957 offering in the Wolfe saga. It's the subject of this week's review on the Classic Mysteries podcast, and you can listen to the full review by clicking here.
As a general rule, Nero Wolfe doesn't accept cases involving marital discord. But he and Archie are having one of their periodic fights, and wind up goading each other into taking a case brought by a multimillionaire, Otis Jarrell, who wants to get his daughter-in-law (whom he refers to as a "snake") out of his house. Think of it as marital discord once removed. Archie winds up going to the Jarrell mansion disguised as the multimillionaire's secretary, under a phony name.
Pretty soon, the murders start. And with the ever-suspicious police wondering what Archie's doing there, it quickly becomes a case where Nero Wolfe will find plenty of reasons to wish he had obeyed his usual rules and not allowed himself to get involved.
As usual, Rex Stout's writing, Archie's wisecracking and Wolfe's genius combine for a very readable and enjoyable read for those who enjoy these vintage mysteries. For those who prefer an ebook version, there's a version available for the Amazon Kindle.