Now that Lord Emsworth's fearsome sister Connie is safely married to a millionaire and living in America, another even more domineering sister rules the Blandings roost: Lady Hermione Wedge, who looks like a cook - sometimes a cook pleased with her soufflé, sometimes a cook about to give notice, but always a cook. She has instructed her daughter, the cloth-headed Veronica, to break-off her engagement to another American millionaire, Tipton Plimsoll, in the mistaken belief that he has lost all his money in a stock-market crash. Hermione is also trying to manoeuvre Lord Emsworth into marrying another overbearing female, Dame Daphne Winkworth. As if this weren't enough to cope with, Lord Emsworth has yet another new secretary, Sandy Callender, who is loved by Sam Bagshot, although their relationship has hit a rough patch. Who better to unite the sundered lovers, and extricate Lord Emsworth from a fate worse than death with Dame Daphne, than Lord Emsworth's brother, The Hon. Galahad Threepwood. With Gally in charge, the stage is set for another of Wodehouse's classic farces involving pigs, domineering sisters, and imposters, all under the disapproving eye of Beach, the Butler.
This is the ninth novel in the Blandings series, published in 1965 when Wodehouse was already eighty-three. Despite his age, and although there are echoes of earlier books, and even entire phrases lifted verbatim, Wodehouse is still master of his craft, and the old magic is still very much in evidence. The plot is as complicated as anything he ever wrote, and it runs along nicely in its accustomed groove. Wodehouse was a master, not just of comic writing, but of the English language, and his prose style is one of the most beautiful in the whole of literature. The novel contains many of those verbal felicities Wodehouse devotees have come to love. This is another of those supreme farces set in Wodehouse's perfect idyll, Blandings Castle.