“So true it is that in this life we never know what may be waiting for us around the next corner.”
This is one of those old favourite PGW books that I pull out of the shelves to read regularly. The story does not involve the most well-known characters of PGW Jeeves, Wooster, or indeed any of the Blandings Castle crowd but is nonethless peopled with well-drawn and well-rounded characters who are involved in a cracking tale.
Bond’s Bank, a privately owned bank (this book was first published in 1968) in the town of Wellingford has recently been inherited by Mike Bond after the death of his Uncle Hugo. He seems preoccupied lately, or so his girlfriend and secretary come to believe. Horace Appleby, mastermind of a small but select gang of thieves is about to go and spend a bit of his free time at the Wellingford Races. Charlie Yost believes Horace owes him money from their last job and is going to find him to get it. And in Wellingford, Police Superintendent Jessop is about to be visited for a holiday by his brother-in-law Sergeant Claude Potter who always makes him feel inferior with his Scotland Yard manners.
Of course, there are trials and tribulations for all concerned, and mix-ups and confusion will reign freely for a while before the master of comic novels, P G Wodehouse gets it all sorted in the end. Definitely recommend for a good read, a jolly good story, and loads of chuckles.