This is such a lovely book to read, as are all the Jeeves & Wooster stories. These books could be described as light and frothy but they are much more involved than that as every sentence has meaning and humour and is so well thought out.

The story details poor Bertie attempting to deal with a daunting situation without the backup of Jeeves. Due to a typically complicated set of circumstances, namely the peril of Madeleine Bassett and Gussie Fink-Nottle’s engagement at threat of being called off and Bertie knowing he is Madeleine’s second choice as bridgegroom, Bertie finds himself pretending to be Gussie with Gussie pretending to be Bertie at Deverill Hall. Obviously with these two hopeless characters the whole situation is doomed to failure and sure enough there is one misunderstanding after another resulting in almost every couple present at the Hall splitting up, and with Jeeves away it is left to Bertie and Catsmeat Potter-Pirbright to attempt to right all the wrongs but who inevitably end up turning the situation into even more of a catastrophe. Also adding to Bertie’s stress levels and his inability to cope is the fact there are five aunts at the residence.

There are many sections of the book that had me laughing out loud, but the village concert stands out as a particular gem, as does Bertie’s desperate journey in the early morning milk train to try and steal back Gussie’s damaging letter to Madeleine which necessitates him hiding impatiently in the bushes waiting till the coast is clear and the postman has finished chatting up the maid while trying to dissuade an over-friendly cat from weaving round his ankles.

This is a lovely book to read with every page a delight, and it never fails to amuse me.




At Deverill Hall, an idyllic Tudor manor in the village of King's Deverill, impostors are in the air. The prime example is man-about-town Bertie Wooster, doing a good turn to Gussie Fink-Nottle by impersonating him while he enjoys fourteen days away from society. It's a brilliant plan - until Gussie himself turns up, imitating Wooster.
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