Monday, October 17, 2016
This is the first of the "Blandings Castle" stories that take place in and around the home of the dotty Lord Emsworth. Freddie Threepwood, the son of Lord E. is engaged to the daughter of an American millionaire. The millionaire collects valuable ancient Egyptian scarabs. Lord Emsworth absent mindedly slips the most valuable one into his pocket and upon finding it later believes he was gifted with it and displays it in his home. A hack writer of mystery novels is hired to pose as the millionaire's valet and given the task of stealing back the scarab during a visit to the castle. The usual Wodehouse style bumbling occurs and one can see hints of the silliness so common in the soon to be written Jeeves and Wooster tales.