Jacques Barzun and Wendell Hertig Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime
— There is more detection in this story than in any other of the mulling-and-quizzing sort; here we really see Nero Wolfe's thoughts whirring. Moreover, Archie is in excellent form, and although a chess tournament is a feature, the game itself is not. The great scene is that in which Nero reads and burns the pages of Webster's Dictionary, Third Edition
Although not specifically a review of Gambit, the following letter from Rex Stout to his publisher shows he was:
- delighted that Jacques Barzun stated in an article in The New Republic that "Nero Wolfe stories are literature"
- punctilious about his deadlines, even though he missed the one for Gambit by two weeks