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Groucho Marx, King Of The Jungle: A Mystery Featuring Groucho Marx (Inglese) Copertina rigida – lug 2005

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4.0 su 5 stelle They Are At It Again! 15 agosto 2016
Di Sir Steven - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
Groucho Marx, King of the Jungle is the last of the series of mysteries featuring Groucho Marx and Hollywood of the late 1930s. If you like the other volumes you should like this one, although the format of the story is just about the same as the other volumes. When watching a Marx Brothers movie it’s not so much the story you go to see but what the Brothers were going to do during the story. This series is much the same as it goes on. What wise cracks will Groucho come up with? And who done it?
The King of the Jungle in the title is not the one with a city in California named after him put it does seem that Goulart patterned a character after a certain author that was often in the company of the famous Jungle man. Frank Denby and wife Jane are on the scene to lend Groucho a hand and their family life does move forward in this volume. The usual stand by characters make their appearances and add to the mystery or to the fun in the story. There are some very authentic sounding Grouch gags, as Goulart continued to have a good ear for Grouchoisms, the things Groucho says when meeting people in various scenes in the book. In a few places I laughed out loud at some of them. Start with the first book in the series and work towards this volume. Still think someone could do these books as old style movies from that era, hour or hour and a half.
4.0 su 5 stelle Good light hearted murder 3 febbraio 2012
Di Rick L. Phillips - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Ron Goulart is best known for writing about pop culture. Espically about comic books. However, with Groucho Marx as his celebrity detective he proves that he knows how to write a good light hearted murder mystery. This is saddly, so far, the last in the series. It is also one of the best in the series. The reason I only gave it 4 stars is because it still didn't top Groucho Marx and the Broadway Murders as that is the very best in the series.
4.0 su 5 stelle Great blend of mystery and humor 19 dicembre 2013
Di Ladybard96 - Pubblicato su
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I've been in love with this series since the beginning and Goulart continues to create an enjoyable story. The wit and style are here as well as a good sleuth.
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4.0 su 5 stelle entertaining 25 giugno 2006
Di JEFFREY MCGRAW - Pubblicato su
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If you aren't familiar with Groucho Marx you will not get the subtleties of this novel. It was a quick satisfying read. I enjoyed it.
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4.0 su 5 stelle The silly sleuth returns! 30 dicembre 2006
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"Groucho Marx, King of the Jungle" is one of those books I stumbled on pretty much entirely by accident, browsing on and reaching this when it was recommended due to my love for old-fashioned radio shows. It went on my Wish List just for the heck of it, and when I got it for Christmas, I was pleasantly surprised.

I was even more surprised when I started reading the book. Written by Ron Goulart, this is a novel, a mystery about Groucho and a screenwriter named Frank Denby who solve mysteries on the side of their day jobs. Evidently, this is the latest novel in a series, something I didn't know (else I would have tried to get the first novel, "Groucho Marx, Secret Agent"), but I was glad to find that my unfamiliarity with the series didn't hurt my enjoyment of the book at all. Frank is called in to do rewrites on the set of the newest Ty-Gor film, a series about a Tarzan-esque jungle warrior, but the picture is put on hold when Randy Spellman, the actor playing Ty-Gor, is found shot to death on the lot.

Groucho and Frank get pulled into the case, certain that the prime suspect - Spellman's stuntwoman ex-girlfriend - is innocent. What follows is a really entertaining old-fashioned potboiler mystery, tempered with Goulart's spot-on characterization of Groucho. The zingers and one-liners he gets off are every bit as clever and whimsical as those the real Groucho fired off in the movies and on the radio. He nails the character perfectly.

The book itself isn't flawless - it's written from Frank's first-person viewpoint, which is fine, but several times it lapses into third person as it follows Groucho for scenes where Frank isn't present, and that got kind of distracting. To a lesser degree, there's a subplot about Frank's wife pregnant with their first child which doesn't really add anything to the main story, but that's forgivable, as it clearly advances in the series as a whole and not this novel specifically.

In short - this book was a lot of fun, and I anticipate going back to find the earlier installments. Nice job by Goulart.

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