I haven't read Bad for Business (1940), the Tecumseh Fox novel version of the Nero Wolfe novella "Bitter End" (1940), but I know I quite enjoyed reading another installment of the Nero Wolfe-Archie Goodwin saga. Bitter End ranks, I think, high among the Nero Wolfe novellas.
Reduced by the indisposition of his cook, Fritz, to tasting Tingley's Tidbits, Wolfe gets a quinine-tainted batch and is spewing liver fragments everywhere, including all over his unflappable professional assistant, Archie Goodwin. If anything could be calculated to vex Wolfe, this was it (Archie turns a liver-spotted cheek).
Soon Wolfe is investigating the question of who tainted the tidbits. Coincidentally, there is a pretty young "girl" who arrives on the scene, wanting him to investigate as well. Naturally murder must follow. Someone coshes Arthur Tingley, owner of Tingley's Tidbits, then cuts his throat. Suspects in his most unnatural death include employees, business rivals and family members.
And there's also something fans don't always get in Stout tales, which is a fairly clued, interesting little murder problem. Like all good Stout, Bitter End goes down smooth.
Coming Soon: my review of "Frame-Up for Murder" (1958), the second novella in Death Times Three.