A new Jeeves and Wooster novel, penned in homage to P.G. Wodehouse by bestselling author Ben Schott, in which literature's favorite gentleman and his gentleman's personal gentleman become spies in service to the Crown.
Although Schott, whose first novel this is, cannot compare to PG 'Plum' Wodehouse’s peerless ability with comic plotting and situation, his joy in manipulating language is certainly on a par—and an unexpected but welcome topical element gives the high jinks some added bite. The convoluted plot has many strands, none of them remotely realistic ... With the exception of one hysterically funny set piece involving Spode, the marching band of the Worcestershire Regiment and a herd of pigs, this is consistently witty rather than laugh-out-loud hilarious, but Schott excels with a series of similes and metaphors every bit as striking as those Wodehouse came up with ... this is still a delight to read. An especially nice, Schottian, touch is the appendix, explaining allusions and references, although there are plenty left unglossed for the connoisseur to appreciate. Although it’s coming out in time for Christmas, this homage to Plum is anything but duff.
The name’s Wooster, Bertram Wilberforce Wooster, licensed to swill and to lob bread rolls at any passing booby. And, in this new homage to PG Wodehouse by Ben Schott (of miscellanies fame) the latest recruit to the British Secret Service ... Quibbles? Well maybe some of the early dialogue paints Wooster as a bit more intelligent than he should be, barely a quarter-ass rather than the mentally negligible hero of yore, but let’s put that down to Jeeves slipping an extra kipper on to his breakfast plate. And it is a pity that Gussie Fink-Nottle doesn’t make an appearance. These are trifles, though. On reading this work, the Wodehouse estate must surely be left purring, as Bertie would to Jeeves with the talents that famously won him a prize for scripture knowledge: 'Well done, good and faithful servant.'
Another P. G. Wodehouse impostor has turned up at the Drones Club, home away from home of Bertie Wooster, and he’s banging on the door, demanding admittance. But before dismissing Mr. Schott as an impudent bounder, let’s look at his credentials. He’s the author of Schott’s Original Miscellany, and if ever a book could qualify an author to write an homage to Wodehouse, this hilarious compendium of useless information...is surely it ... Now the spying butlers and their spymaster need Bertie’s help to nail an ascot-clad Fascist whose motto is Make Great Britain Great Again. To do so takes all manner of craziness, including an uproarious chase scene, but Schott brings it all off in high and hilarious style. Best of all, his wordplay can hold its own with the Master’s. Here’s Bertie describing the unctuous Fascist: 'The seventh Earl of Sidcup is a sore for sighted eyes.'