The peaceful slumber of the Worcester village of Rudge-in-the-Vale is about to be rudely disrupted. First there's a bitter feud between peppery Colonel Wyvern and the Squire of Rudge Hall, rich but miserly Lester Carmody. Second, that arch-villain Chimp Twist has opened a health farm - and he and Soapy and Dolly Molloy are planning a fake burglary so Lester can diddle his insurance company. After the knockout drops are served, things get a little complicated. But will Lester's nephew John win over his true love, Colonel Wyvern's daughter Pat, and restore tranquillity to the idyll? It's a close-run thing...
Reviewed on 17th October 2012
Money for Nothing is another classic comic romance from one of the twentieth century's greatest authors of light novels. The slightly sterotypical stately home setting is offset by the character of its owner and the genius plot in which he partakes. There are two intertwined stories and it's hard to say which is the main and which the secondary, that while very different counterbalance each other well.
The writing is typically lyrical for Wodehouse, and I found myself constantly amused by the tiniest turns of phrase, particularly where he finds a new way to put across the most cliched phrases. Reading Wodehouse is a wonderful entertainment that always manages to surprise me - I'm glad there are many more to read.