04 June 2010

Jeeves

I was somehow under the impression that Thank You, Jeeves, by PG Wodehouse, was a British country house murder mystery. While a good bit of the story takes place at that country house, no murders occur. The story is really quite funny!

Bertie Wooster is a gentleman. Jeeves is his valet, who turns in his resignation when Wooster will not stop playing the banjo. Jeeves immediately gets a job with Wooster's friend, Chuffy, and Wooster actually moves to a cabin on Chuffy's land. There's an American heiress who appears with her father, a child who demands protection money as he feels he's a gangster, a crazy valet Wooster hires to take Jeeves place, nosy policemen, batty aunts. Craziness ensues! It is a really cute book.

I give this one a 6 and i do want to continue with the series. In a way it reminded me of the movie Clue, with various characters running about doing their own thing. According to Wikipedia, there are 11 total books, plus a good number of short stories. wow!

2 comments:

  1. Glad you enjoyed your first Jeeves! Wodehouse had me laughing out loud the first time I read one of Wooster's misadventures.

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  2. If you ever get a chance to watch them, the Jeeves and Wooster series starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry are fantastic, especially the first two series. Great stuff. They really make Wodehouse come alive. I'm glad you enjoyed this. I haven't read a Wodehouse novel or short story that I've been disappointed by. He is a big favorite. For a non-Jeeves story that has a slight bit of adventure, though not necessarily mystery, is Something Fresh.

    For an English country house murder that has bit of the humor of Wodehouse I would recommend The 7 Dials Mystery and The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie. I got the audio of each from the library, read by Emilia Fox, and they were wonderful.

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