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Elementary, My Dear Groucho (Groucho Marx #3)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  7 reviews
When a body is found in Holmes's 221B Baker Street lodgings on the set at Mammoth Studios during the shooting of The Valley of Fear, Groucho and his sidekick Frank Denby begin investigating.

The victim is the German emigre director of the movie who was found in the great detective's favorite armchair, stabbed in the chest with Holmes's pearl-handled letter opener. There is...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 23rd 1999 by Minotaur Books
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Tina Jens
I really wanted to like this book. I adore the Marx Brothers and humorous mysteries. The Groucho dialogue bits were quite grand, but that just wasn't enough to raise the whole book up. The plot was lacking something, and it just didn't have the zaniness that one would expect from a work that includes the Marx Brothers. It is, I believe, the third in a series (and the only one currently available on Kindle). If I ever stumble across the first one, I might sample it to see if it was more inspired;...more
The intrigue is a bit weak and predictable, but Groucho is totally in character and his irritating way of making jokes out of everything makes him endearing in the end, specially when you peek at the weaknesses beneath. Wouldn't mind reading more novels of this series.
Keith Davis
An entertaining mystery novel featuring Groucho Marx as an amateur detective. Ron Goulart is a witty writer, but I find myself a tad put off by the conversion of the recently deceased into fictional characters.
When a director is murdered on his own movie set, the movie's star challenges Groucho to see who will be the first to find the murderer.
started out cute but too contrived, even for me. became "same old same old" quite quickly.
Joy Jakubaitis
Yet another Groucho saves the day, this time taking on both Hollywood Nazis and Sherlock Holmes.
I tried. Just couldn't get into this one.
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Ron Goulart (b. 1933) is a cultural historian and novelist. Besides writing extensively about pulp fiction—including the seminal Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of Pulp Magazines (1972)—Goulart has written for the pulps since 1952, when the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction published his first story, a sci-fi parody of letters to the editor. Since then he has written dozens of novels an...more
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