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Groucho Marx and the Broadway Murders (Groucho Marx #4)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  43 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
In Ron Goulart's well received series featuring comedian-cum-amateur sleuth Groucho Marx, Groucho and his writer Frank Denby have made a name for themselves as detectives. In fact, in their last case, they were able to outsmart Sherlock Holmes, or at least the actor playing him. However, both men play down their sleuthing abilities and to escape their new reputation, Grouc ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 13th 2001 by Minotaur Books
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May 15, 2014 Nathan rated it it was ok
Meh. Sadly, I was hoping for a little more with this one. But in a way, it was what I expected from the title. I'd be more willing to forgive it were it a better interpretation of Groucho himself. He uses too many so-so lines too fast for the reader to fully appreciate any given one.

Apart from that, the mystery itself wasn't all that compelling, and I didn't find the methodology all that plausible. But I've seen (and accepted) movies with more ill-contrived murder plots.

In the end, it did still
Mar 07, 2008 Mike rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I think I remember this one. I read as many of the Groucho Marx detective books as I could all in a row. I remember them being very good for the most part, but by the time I got to the fourth and fifth book they were becoming repetetive. Like I said, I'm pretty sure I read this one, but nothing stands out about it that makes me think "Oh Yeah! That one!" I think I remember the train, and that it takes place on one, but other than that I can't be of much help. Overall this series is fun, but mayb ...more
Apr 03, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor-satire
I've now read 4 of the books in this series, and have found each to be a quick, enjoyable read. Have always been a fan of Groucho, nice to see this fictionalized (uh, it IS fictional, isn't it Ron Goulart??) look at the man and a strange little hobby - solving mysteries & murders!

Groucho's off-camera persona is usually just like his on-camera one. Occasionally, he can get serious, or contemplative - but usually he's just a smartarse. I like that in a person!!

Two more books in this series to
When a Los Angeles mobster is murdered, the dead man's boss asks Groucho to investigate. Fortunately, Groucho is on his way east, to appear in The Mikado, and his sidekick Frank Denby is also going to New York, to help write a radio show. On the train east, they run into an unpleasant producer, his newly discovered star, an English actress, and a variety of other characters. Some of them reappear in New York, and one of them is dead.
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Mar 08, 2012 Rick Phillips rated it it was amazing
Ron Goulart at his best. This is probably the best in the Groucho Marx mystery series.
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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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