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4.0 out of 5 stars == Groucho is Back! ==
Ron Goulart has managed to capture the spirit of Groucho Marx in wit and dialogue. Although that alone gives this book a life of its own, the plot and character development is masterfully delivered and a joy to read. I can imagine no other than Groucho himself uttering every line. A must for Marx fans and a good mystery for fans of the genre.
Published on December 30, 1998

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Late Show It Is Not
Hard to say.....I wanted to like this book, but five pages into it I could tell what was to come. Celebrity detectives are popular nowadays, Teddy Roosevelt, Ben Franklin have strutted thier stuff. But the Groucho book never got off the ground. The plot itself is a fine one--a young actress is murdered, there exist blackmail-worthy photographs of a producer*s wife...
Published on May 27, 1999


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars == Groucho is Back! ==, December 30, 1998
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This review is from: Groucho Marx, Master Detective (Hardcover)
Ron Goulart has managed to capture the spirit of Groucho Marx in wit and dialogue. Although that alone gives this book a life of its own, the plot and character development is masterfully delivered and a joy to read. I can imagine no other than Groucho himself uttering every line. A must for Marx fans and a good mystery for fans of the genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever idea for a mystery series!, February 4, 2001
This review is from: Groucho Marx, Master Detective (Hardcover)
A clever idea--a ham actor and consummate comedian as the detective! Ron Goulart's amusing (what would you expect with a Marx brother?) fictional accounting of a zany murder chase is not so farsical as it seems. Actually, the author, wisecracks aside, has a good case here--and this is the beginning of a series,too! A young actress (could Groucho be involved with any other!) is dead; the police are calling it a suicide; but Groucho is uneasy about all this. Somehow, the lines aren't straight and the cues are out of sync! Before the curtain falls, however, our Groucho has brought the house down in this SRO episode. Bravo, Groucho (and Goulart). A good read! (Billyjhobbs@tyler.net)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Candidate for Mystery on PBS, February 17, 2001
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Maria Aragon (Landover Hills, Maryland United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Groucho Marx, Master Detective (Hardcover)
This is one of those books that you wish had been written back when Groucho could have played the lead himself or that some enterprising person working for Mystery (on PBS) would turn into one of their series as a change of pace from their more serious fare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasurable and nostalgic read!, April 7, 1999
This review is from: Groucho Marx, Master Detective (Hardcover)
What I enjoyed most about GROUCHO MARX, MASTER DETECTIVE is that the author, Ron Goulart, knew how to blend the public "Groucho" with what he was probably like in his private life; it all came together very well. I felt as though I was actually in 1930's Hollywood. I am very much looking forward to the next installment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant ride with Groucho on the case for the first time, November 14, 2000
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This review is from: Groucho Marx, Master Detective (Hardcover)
Having read the third book in the series (the cover called to me in the library, what could I do?) I am going back at starting at the very beginning. "Groucho Marx, Master Detective" is not a compelling mystery in which you try to figure out the clues one step ahead of the sleuth, but it is fun to have Groucho alive and kicking. Aided and abetted by the narrator, a former police reporter and current writer for Groucho's fledgling radio show named, surprise, "Groucho Marx, Master Detective," Groucho is investigating the "suicide" of a young starlet with whom he was once involved. Of course, it was really murder and Groucho feels compelled to find out whodunit.
Ron Goulart's novel is a pleasant diversion. If you are a hardcore mystery fan there is really not much here, so it may well be this book is going to tickle the fancy of devoted Marxists such as myself. With this Groucho Marx you get both the blazing and constant sarcastic abuse (one of the running gags is people thinking they recognize Groucho without his mustache) and the "real" Julius Marx (on those rare occasions when he forces himself to drop all of the pretenses). The parade of Hollywood stars in the background seems a bit forced at this point, but it becomes more refined down the road. The main thing is that we get another chance to hear Groucho speak. Ever since I heard about "A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine," a play in which the second act is the Marx Brothers doing Chekov (sort of), I have been open to the idea of reviving Groucho and his siblings in new and creative ways. In that regard, Ron Goulart's books are a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One day I shot a gangster in my pajamas..., September 15, 1998
This review is from: Groucho Marx, Master Detective (Hardcover)
...how he got into my pajamas I'll never know. This is a short, sweet book, under 300 pages, and the main appeal has to be the idea of Groucho Marx solving a mystery. To add a touch of poignancy, the murder seems to be modeled after the death of Thelma Todd (an actress who died in a similar manner to this novel's victim, not to mention a Groucho co-star). Goulart writes despicable villains and likable heroes. I wouldn't mind reading another of Groucho's case files.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Candidate for Mystery on PBS, February 17, 2001
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This review is from: Groucho Marx, Master Detective (Hardcover)
This is one of those books that you wish had been written back when Groucho could have played the lead himself or that some enterprising person working for Mystery (on PBS) would turn into one of their series as a change of pace from their more serious fare. By the way as of this date (2/17/01), I think you can get a remaindered copy from Daedalus Books. Look for them on the web. That's where I got my copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!, April 21, 2013
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This review is from: Groucho Marx, Master Detective (Hardcover)
I love this series. It takes the reader back to an earlier era and the guide is the brilliant Groucho! This story is clever, witty and great for a laugh!
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Ron Goulart captures the spirit of Groucho Marx!, March 25, 1998

This review is from: Groucho Marx, Master Detective (Hardcover)
When Groucho died in the summer of 1977, we were greatly saddened by the loss of one of the world's greatest comedians. Of course, we can still enjoy all the film, television and radio appearances he left behind, but the possibility of anything new coming across has been pretty slim...Until now, that is.
In his latest novel, Ron Goulart takes us back to Hollywood in 1937. Groucho Marx is embarking on his latest venture, a radio program titled, aptly enough, Groucho Marx, Master Detective. In this book we are introduced to Frank Denby, an ex-crime reporter who has been hired to script Groucho's new show. The story begins with Denby trying to make a ten o'clock appointment at an ad agency in Beverly Hills. While driving down Ocean Boulevard, he finds traffic tied up because of some police activity in front of a small cottage. Trying to avoid a collision with a police car, Denby inadvertantly runs down a bicyclist by the name of Jane Danner. Miss Danner is not injured, but the bike is totalled and Denby offers her a ride to work.
After a somewhat depressingmeeting with Groucho and some ad agents, sponsors, and radio execs, Denby and his recent traffic victim get together for a quiet dinner. On returning to Denby's digs, the two find Groucho waiting on the steps. Groucho produces a newspaper story announcing the death of up-and-coming actress, Peg McMorrow who, coincidentally, turns out not only to have been an acquaintance of his from the recent past, but also the reason for all the police activity that caused Denby and Danner's "meeting" earlier in the day. The story in the paper calls the death a suicide, but Groucho knows better. And, begging the help of his new sidekick/writer, he decides to embark on a quest to prove that the cause of death was, in fact, murder.
Theplot takes us through a number of twists and turns involving irate sponsors, crooked cops, movie moguls, and a fair number of Hollywood's more sinister characters. With all this running around and getting shot at, not to mention the fact that he has a brand new radio show to get on the air, Groucho certainly has his hands full!
I came away from this book totally satisfied. While a few factual matters involving Groucho's life are a bit distorted here and there, this is after all a novel, and a most enjoyable one at that. Goulart presents an intriguing mystery in which he has managed to capture Groucho's comic spirit wonderfully. Complete with just the sort of wisecracks and non-sequitur we've all come to know and love from Groucho's lengthy career, this novel caused me to chuckle openly and often; I can easily imagine Groucho delivering the lines Goulart has written for him (the interplay between Denby and Danner is pretty entertaining as well). Groucho Marx, Master Detective is a fun read, and a novel that I think will appeal to Marxists (not to mention mystery fans) everywhere. Personally, I'm looking forward to a sequel!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Late Show It Is Not, May 27, 1999
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This review is from: Groucho Marx, Master Detective (Hardcover)
Hard to say.....I wanted to like this book, but five pages into it I could tell what was to come. Celebrity detectives are popular nowadays, Teddy Roosevelt, Ben Franklin have strutted thier stuff. But the Groucho book never got off the ground. The plot itself is a fine one--a young actress is murdered, there exist blackmail-worthy photographs of a producer*s wife. Gangsters, crooked cops, kidnapping, all these ingredients would do fine in the late-show world of Film Noir. But the story needs the dry wit of a Bogart, not Groucho*s wise-cracks, and none of it really delivers. It is difficult enough to imagine Groucho *unmasked*, as neither the zany vaudevillian of film, nor the charming wisecraker or TV. The intrusion of four-letter words, of the police chief*s smug anti-Semitsm come off as almost anachronistic, the Hollywood namedropping gets phony. Too many details have Sequelitis written across them. What this reader wanted, what we could have had, is revealed in the beginning of the chapter describing Groucho*s (purposed) radio show, called (naturally) GrouchoMarxMasterDetective. The radio script crackles and zings with fervor, too bad the rest of the book just plays by the numbers.
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