About a decade ago, I decided to read all the Nero Wolfe series in order. It took me about a year (work got in the way). Rex Stout wrote 33 novels and 39 short stories from 1934 to 1975. Some of the Nero Wolfe books are fabulous. My favorite Nero Wolfe novel is The Golden Spiders. The Golden Spiders was published in 1953 when Rex Stout was at the height of his powers. Wolfe is confronted by three murders and a paucity of clues. But the key clue is a pair of golden spider earrings. And the spider metaphor leads Wolfe and Archie to the killer. But the unraveling of the mystery is cunning and the solution is ingenious. I also enjoyed the Timothy Hutton and Maury Chaykin TV version of The Golden Spiders. I’ve sure other Nero Wolfe fans will have different choices, but if you’re looking for the best Nero Wolfe novel, here it is.