SOME BURIED CAESAR
by Rex Stout
Nero Wolfe had Archie driving him to the North Atlantic Exposition in upstate New York to display his orchids when a tire blew out and the car careened off the road, into a tree. Looking for help, Archie climbed over a fence and into what turned out to be a bull pen. Cornered, Archie was rescued by the niece of the bull's owner, who offered Archie and Nero Wolfe a place to stay overnight while their car was being towed in for repair.
The bull in question, Caesar, was a champion stud, but scheduled to be the centerpiece at a barbecue the next weekend. This was causing great consternation amongst members of the National Guernsey League. That very night, a neighbor's son was murdered in Caesar's pen, and Nero Wolfe was commissioned to solve the crime. This was a typical, fun Nero Wolfe adventure, albeit a rare one in which Wolfe has left the confines of his home and doesn't have his private chef, Fritz, cooking for him. Still, there's plenty of food involved in the book, including the church ladies' chicken and dumplings for a dime a plate.