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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (2 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099514192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099514190
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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"It's dangerous to use the word genius to describe a writer, but I'll risk it with him" (John Humphrys)

"For as long as I'm immersed in a P.G. Wodehouse book, it's possible to keep the real world at bay and live in a far, far nicer, funnier one where happy endings are the order of the day" (Marian Keyes)

"Wodehouse always lifts your spirits, no matter how high they happen to be already" (Lynne Truss)

"The incomparable and timeless genius - perfect for readers of all ages, shapes and sizes!" (Kate Mosse)

"Not only the funniest English novelist who ever wrote but one of our finest stylists" (Susan Hill)

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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Jan. 2015
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Willoughby Scrope is quite happy; he has managed to purchase an expensive but worthwhile Gainsborough miniature for his collection. His brother Crispin Scrope is not quite so happy; being the owner of a large and crumbling stately home, he finds finances eluding his grasp. Their nephew Gerry West has just found the girl he loves and will marry; the only problem is that he’s already engaged to somebody else. Homer Pyle is worried about his sister Bernadette Clayborne, who has just been picked up in a store for shoplifting, a feat she insists she only did to see if she could get away with it. And Chippendale’s only concern at the moment is how to get one over on Constable Simms.

This is another utterly delightful read from the master; first published in 1970 this would definitely be considered one of Mr Wodehouse’s later works, but it remains as fresh and uplifting as any of his early masterpieces. The cast of characters is many and varied, and they all have their own issues to be dealing with; what follows is farce, misunderstandings, deceptions and the course of true love, which never did run smooth. But at the end, we know that everybody will be where they’re supposed to be, and all will be right with the world.

Iit was a real joy to find, on page 16 of this book a reference to the case of Onapoulos and Onapoulos versus the Lincolnshire and Eastern Counties Glass Bottling Company. The reason I found this so funny was that Gerry West, a key character in this book is on the jury of this case, and the Bottling Company is being represented by Johnny Halliday.
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By 1970 at the age of eighty eight I don't think anyone would be surprised that Wodehouse was not the writer he had been and indeed two of his three last novels `Company for Henry' and `Do Butlers Burgle Banks?' although by no means stinkers had been a blot on the old escutcheon but returning to Blandings with `A Pelican at Blandings' had reengaged his muse and `The Girl in Blue' is one of his greatest works.

`The Girl in Blue' is a Gainsborough miniature which has gone missing and the suspicion is that it has been stolen from Willoughby Scrope and transported to Mellingham hall, seat of his brother Crispin Scrope. Their nephew, Jerry, is charged with recovering the picture and though he doesn't find it he finds love and a Broker's man posing as a butler. All would be well in Jerry's world except that he is already engaged to Vera Upshaw whom greatly admires his trust fund enormously and Wodehouse must disentangle him before he can join his soul mate in the best of all possible worlds.

A Wodehouse original novel which despite a casual reference to Johnny Halliday from `A Pelican at Blandings' doesn't rely on any of the masters stock characters and even if it does dip into his stock of plot mechanisms it does leave us in the pink rather than the blue.
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It's quite remarkable that nearly 70 years after his first book was published, and a year shy of 90, Wodehouse was still able to turn out such a warm and delightful tale. The tangled plot revolves around the theft of a Gainsborough miniature from a wealthy solicitor, and pulls together a wonderful crowd of characters from the upper echelons of Brtish and American society. Suspicions of who the thief is lead to different but linked parties attempting its recovery, all while staying in the country pile of the solictor's brother. Chaos is guaranteed, but out of it may come love and happiness for all concerned. Light, airy and uplifting!
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Anyone who reads a lot of Wodehouse learns quite quickly that you need to give yourself breaks. If you read two or three in a row, as I have done a few times, you find that characters begin to blur and plot structures become so familiar you find yourself predicting the next unlikely scrape that will befall our hapless characters. If, however, you read plenty of other authors and genres and then return to PG for some light entertainment you simply cannot go wrong. 'The Girl in Blue' is one of his stand-alone books, not connected with any other work but nevertheless is of course populated with many familiar Wodehouseian characters. Our happily inadequate hero Jerry must track down the despicable individual who has stolen a Gainsborough miniature, the `girl in blue' of the title, from his Uncle. As usual confusion and misunderstanding abound and of course Jerry has problems of his own. Having fallen in love at first sight whilst serving as a juror he must disengage himself from his shallow betrothed and her harridan of a mother before his love can be his.

Not one of the best but worth reading as always, just don't read too many back to back...
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A classic Wodehouse work following the brief adventures of Jerry West and various family members, who suffer the typical problems in the arenas of money and love.

My main issue with the Wodehouse novels I've read over the past few years is how similar they are, but that might be an artefact of my buying them as a set. However they make for pleasant light reading and remain an enjoyable and relaxing read.

With this particular novel, I felt that the ending was rather abrupter than I'd expected, with plenty of plot points going unresolved, which left me a little frustrated. Overall though a happily spent few hours with some of the lovely turns of phrase that Wodehouse scatters throughout his work.
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