When his employer attempts to help a lovesick friend, Jeeves must clean up the ensuing scandal, in this comic novel featuring the iconic English valet.
Bertie Wooster returns home from vacation to learn that his friend Gussie Fink-Nottle has been soliciting love advice from Jeeves, the eminently practical valet in Bertie’s employ. Afraid of being overshadowed by his own manservant, Bertie instructs Jeeves to stop assisting so that he may take up the case himself. After all, how difficult could it be to help timid Gussie win the heart of the silly and childish Madeline Bassett?
Meanwhile, Bertie’s aunt has requested his presence at her country estate to give a speech at the local grammar school. When he learns that Madeline is visiting as well, he sends Gussie in his place. But what seems like a perfect plan quickly comes apart in a comedy of disgruntled cooks, drunken speeches, gambling debts, and mistaken intentions that leave Bertie himself unexpectedly betrothed to Madeline. Now it is Bertie who requires Jeeves’s advice in this classic novel of matchmaking gone hysterically awry.
Martin Jarvis again lends his talents to the works of Wodehouse, this time delivering an outstanding rendition of the misadventures of Bertie Wooster and his indispensable valet, Jeeves. We follow Bertie from one madcap exploit to the next, as he and Jeeves attempt to navigate a wacky world replete with love triangles, meddling aunts and irate chefs, and populated by the likes of Gussie Fink-Nottle, the renowned newt fancier; the gluttonous Tuppy Glossop; and the loopy Madeline Bassett. When a controversial addition to the young master's wardrobe begins to undermine Bertie's relationship with Jeeves, will Bertie be able to go it alone and extricate himself from imbroglio after imbroglio? Jarvis shines; his portrayal of Bertie, Jeeves and the entire bizarre cast is meticulous.