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McNally's Puzzle (Archy McNally #6)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,429 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Hiram Gottschalk is a wealthy widower with a paranoid son and heir, twisted twin daughters, and shady employees. Owner of bird store Parrots Unlimited, he hires Archy McNally and sidekick Binky for protection. But he is stabbed in his sleep; two clerks are killed in the Everglades. Who has the motive?
Paperback, Large Print, 343 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by Berkley (first published January 1st 1996)
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Jan 31, 2009 Mary rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of Archie - he's such a flip guy and I relate to him even better now that I reside in southern Florida (constantly reread the books for fun - "one never knows, do one!"). I must admit that Lawrence Sanders only produced one other series I found worth reading and that's his character Timothy Cone. I am in the market for a first of "The Timothy Files" if anyone out there has one for sale. I'm not interested in any of "in the style of Saunders" Archie books - sorry, it's just not the ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Murrill rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is one of my "palate cleansers": A quick, light read to referesh me following some heavier tomes. I was not as entertained by this one, perhaps because the back-drop---exotic birds and people I didn't come to know--was less intriguing. Even Archy seemed bored.
Julie C-f
I almost have all McNally books and though the plots are basically the same, and the food, clothes and homes described in details, I still feel that more of these should be written.
Jul 06, 2013 Aiisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, murder
funny, would read more books by this author
Jul 13, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary mysteries
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
Bird store owner Hiram Gottschalk is a wealthy widower with a paranoid son and heir, twisted twin daughters, and shady employees. As the owner of Parrots Unlimited, Hiram believes that his life is in danger, so he hires playboy-turned-Palm Beach private investigator Archy McNally and his sidekick Binky to protect him. Apparently Hiram had good reason to be frightened, Archy soon realizes - when the bird shop owner's mutilated body is found sometime later.

Hiram has been stabbed in his sleep, so A
Feb 20, 2008 Dana rated it liked it
Wealthy bird shop owner, Hiram Gottschalk feels his life is threatened. He can not contact the police because there are no definite threats. The Gottschalk are to say it mildly dysfunctional. The son and heir is mentally unstable and the twin daughters are very twisted and not at all nice. To round out the menagerie there is the housekeeper who could organize the military and the manager of the bird shop who makes Archy look slovenly.

I found this one a bit repetitive. The first 25 pages were the
Jan 08, 2010 el_quijote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Murder mystery fans.
Shelves: mystery
Writing mystery novels is certainly not new to Lawrence Sanders. The frontispiece is loaded with the titles of past books and the dust jacket proclaims Mr. Sanders as a writer with a large following. This is the first novel I have read by Mr. Sanders and I can proclaim that he has another fan.
McNally’s Puzzle is one of a series of fiction mystery novels that follow the exploits of Archibald McNally, investigator and bon vivant extraordinaire. Mr. Sanders has created a likable, light character
Feb 08, 2009 Heather rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Bertie Wooster fans
There is a lot more emphasis here on "look how clever a writer I am" than on the plot, or even the characters. Writing loses points with me when it has to draw attention to itself.

And I just can't get behind the McNally books. The style is far more Wodehouse than McBain. Archy and his foppish circle belong in the Roaring 20s, not the 1990s, and it is inconceivable to me that anyone like this could exist in the last couple of decades, let alone interact successfully with the normal contemporaries
“You’re awake?” he said. “And sober?”
“Of course I’m awake and sober,” I said. “And working I might add. ‘Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.'”
“You work for the post office?”
“It’s Herodotus, Al.”
“Thank you. I won’t forget it for at least five minutes.” (297)
April Suter
Jan 17, 2015 April Suter rated it really liked it
Ya gotta love Archy! He now is helping a McNally & Son client do a discrete inquiry into odd things that are happening at Hiram Gottschalk's home. This parrot-loving man thinks he is in danger and everyone in his family and most employees look guilty. Archy and his favorite local cop is on the case.
Bill Donhiser
Jun 22, 2014 Bill Donhiser rated it really liked it
Another fun Lawrence Sanders mystery. Archie is back at it again with all of his friends. The owner of a Parrot shop is murdered in this who dun it.
May 11, 2015 Shaynipper rated it liked it
I'm liking Archy McNally better all the time
Helen Dettore
Mar 19, 2015 Helen Dettore rated it really liked it
A very entertaining tale
Moana Beinhorn
Jun 02, 2014 Moana Beinhorn rated it really liked it
Good, fun read
Margaret Blackman
Great series to lose yourself in, take to the bath tub, escape from life for awhile.

Written in similar style to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series, Archy McNally and Wolfe's Archie Goodwin must be cousins.

Usually a couple of twists to take the reader by surprise, pull up your coffee mug, or pour the Calgon, or take to your lawn chair and enjoy the ride in Archy's red Miata.

(as a pet lover, I do have issues with Hobo's living accomodations, but commend the McNallys for making a shelter adoption.)
Lois Lewandowski
Jan 05, 2012 Lois Lewandowski rated it liked it
This book was exactly what I wanted to read when I started it: A quirky, fast paced mystery with a unique protagonist. Archy McNally is a bit of a player, certainly a narcissist. He has a wardrobe to rival most women and Sanders' descriptions of how he uses the clothes to project a certain persona or mood were very funny. The plot is not very deep, but the book was truly delightful, full of characters one might meet in Miami.
Jan 19, 2016 Strega rated it liked it
Still fluff - but still very readable
Jan 02, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
I love these books! The vocabulary of the main character, Archie McNally, is a challenge to read, but I love it. I read as much for the vocabulary as for the plot. This book happens to involve a bird-store owner, his family and employees, and they all could be "the culprit" who murdered the owner. The story is good, and I would recommend this for a fun read.
Feb 17, 2011 Jackie rated it really liked it
Love the shenanigans of Archy McNally, especially as he solves the murder of Hiram Gottschalk! His involvement in the dysfunctional family to his personal tiff with his on going “love” Connie that tangles the web of mystery. Fun and easy to read-except for the flowery vocabulary- especially recouping from back surgery. Laughter is good medicine.
Nov 21, 2012 Gosia rated it liked it
It was an ok book. The writing was interesting and amusing at some points but also made some references to things that were over my head and not my generation. It could be compared as the male version of the Stephanie Plum series (however, Plum series is much better in my opinion). The plot was pretty predictable but the writing kept it interesting.
Jan 05, 2011 John rated it really liked it
The story kept me hooked until the end. I loved the writing style however I felt I needed a dictionary for the various obscure words thrown in. I also love the characters Sanders creates especially the snarky Archie. The only thing that bothered me was all of the alcohol consumed. Does anyone really drink that much and not end up with liver disease.
Feb 09, 2011 John rated it really liked it
Great story, clear and generally believable. Archy can be pretty tough on Binky, he puts him down a lot. I wish Archy didn't dress like such a metrosexual/gay, I wish he didn't smoke and his eating habits are beyond me. Other than that, he's my idol. Well, I'm glad I don't live with my parents, too.
Virginia Markhart
Oct 29, 2011 Virginia Markhart rated it really liked it
This book was very good. It kept my attention well. The style was very different and I had to pay attention. It took me a long time to read it, not because I wasn't interested, but I had a lot going on. I liked the relationship between the father and son. I loved the new pet, HOBO, the hero!!
Archy McNally is back, the spoiled playboy of South Florida who seems to solve mysteries in spite of himself and his inept sidekick Binky. I did say they were the spoiled rich of the Florida coast. What I learned is that nobody can actually talk and dress like they do and live in the real world.
Eileen Ptacek
Dec 26, 2012 Eileen Ptacek rated it it was ok
I couldn't wait to read this because my husband laughed out loud the whole time he was reading. What a disappointment. Protagonist lives with his parents and is very self obsessed. I couldn't wait to be done with the book. I won't bother to read another of this series.
Jan 15, 2011 Benjamin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I work in a fake office. There are books in it as props. One day I got bored and read one of the props. It was mostly stupid and I can't believe that McNally is as popular a character as he is.
Oct 30, 2007 Beverly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
The McNally series is always a treat. I have read almost every book, and still trying to find a couple. Also listened to a few on the audiobooks format, which fulfilled my imagine of Archy.
Oct 12, 2013 Jim rated it liked it
An enjoyable yet campy mystery tale of murder, with a quirky leading character that eventually (and accidentally?) unravels the unknown. Good for a weekend of relaxing reading.
In the sixth book in Lawrence Sanders's bestselling Archy McNally series, a twisting tale of sizzling family secrets proves that murder isn't just for the birds
Kelly Crigger
Oct 10, 2013 Kelly Crigger rated it it was amazing
Very good book. Kept me engaged the whole way and introduced me to a new kind of father-son relationship that I didn't think existed...and sincerely hope doesn't.
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Lawrence Sanders was the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty mystery and suspense novels. The Anderson Tapes, completed when he was fifty years old, received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for best first novel. His prodigious oeuvre encompasses the Edward X. Delaney, Archy McNally, and Timothy Cone series, along with
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