Review: Groucho Marx, Master Detective

Groucho Marx, Master Detective
Groucho Marx, Master Detective by Ron Goulart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent start to a fun series of detective novels. I found Groucho Marx, Master Detective to be funny, full of good characterization, and had a good mystery to boot. A rare trifecta nowadays. Ron Goulart’s work is always superior to many other writers in whatever genre he’s writing, and he outdoes himself with this story; I hesitate to imagine the research that went into this one.

Well-written and fun: You can’t ask for any more in a good mystery story.

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Review: The Green Lama: The Complete Pulp Adventures Volume 1

The Green Lama: The Complete Pulp Adventures Volume 1
The Green Lama: The Complete Pulp Adventures Volume 1 by Kendell Foster Crossen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent and very well written pulp series. This omnibus edition features the first four Green Lama pulp novels. There’s obviously a bit of both the Shadow and Doc Savage here, but the Green Lama himself is a much more accessible hero than the Shadow was. He’s got a bit of super-science here and there, and a lot of Tibetan mystique. The supporting cast isn’t as stereotypical as Doc’s, but they are all written like them, as real people.

Very enjoyable series so far; think I’ll pick up the next volume in this reprint series next month.

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Review: In Your Dreams

In Your Dreams
In Your Dreams by Tom Holt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another solid entry in the J.W. Wells & Co. series from Tom Holt, this one once again uproots Paul Carpenter completely; he loses his girlfriend, kills a small dragon, and gets killed. But naturally that’s not the end of the story…

Excellent writing and characterization here, as Holt’s strange little world of magic and accounting is further fleshed out and we get a lot more history on many of the major characters in the series. Definitely recommended.

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