`Lord Emsworth and Others' is yet another anthology of P G Wodehouse short stories of which the fist and longest features Lord Emsworth who is not entirely blameless in `The Crime Wave at Blandings'. Wodehouse short stories are generally of a pretty constant length in order to satisfy the requirements of the numerous magazine editors Wodehouse would produce them for. `The Crime Wave at Blandings' is nearly three times this length and the story benefits from it by allowing the plot to twist not unlike a corkscrew and allow a romance to be supported by the cast of Blandings rather than make a feature certain individuals as the short stories did in the previously published `Blandings Castle'. This brings out the best in the Blandings repertory company and is worth the cover charge of the book alone.
No Wodehouse anthology could be considered complete without a shaggy dog, or in this case a shaggy beard, story supplied by Mr Mulliner. The Oldest Member, of course, is also in residence giving us three (I was rather hoping for fore) tales of hearts torn asunder and reunited on the golf links.
Freddie Widgeon steps out of The Drone club to entertain not only us but the Notting Hill Mothers and various Costermongers with mixed results. Three stories about Ukridge, one of which features Battling Billson, brings the collection to a close if not to a head.
The stories are perhaps of inconsistent quality with The Blandings story been head and shoulders above the rest. Although the remainder of the stories are fairly predictable they are pleasant enough and Wodehouse by numbers is still better than inspiration in lesser writers.