Contributed by
Bruce Howe
I first read Death of a Doxy in the early '70s. Just picked it up by
chance in a bus station. It was my first Nero Wolfe story. I liked
it... until the end when I felt that Saul turned up magically from nowhere
with the solution......Mathematics,
itself, was
pretty much nonexistant in the book. The character taught Math and there
was a clue in the name of an ancient Mathematician which eludes me at the
moment [Note: It was Thales of Milton alex]  but the purpose of Mathematics was to provide that clue.
Mathematics, itself, contributed nothing to the story.
