Of last month's 13 mysteries, five stood out as best bets:
Too MANY COOKSRex StoutFarrar & Rinehart ($2). Smooth concoction of crime and cooking in which Nero Wolfe, assisted by faithful, wisecracking Archie Goodwin, solves the murder of one of the world's 15 best chefs.
ROPE ENOUGHJohn Stephen Strange Crime Club ($2). News Cameraman Barney Gantt stumbles into the middle of a death struggle between a corrupt New York political machine and a reform group which results in three murders. Dialogue: good. Action: exciting. Plot: middling.
ONCE Too OFTENWhitman ChambersDoubleday, Doran ($2). Murder involving...