A Gentleman of Leisure
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P. G. Wodehouse
When Jimmy Pitt makes a bet that he can successfully burgle a house, he is thrust unexpectedly into the presence of the only girl he could ever love and her crooked police-captain father. A year later, after a chance encounter leads to an invitation to the country, Jimmy and the quick-fingered Spike Mullins are under the same roof as the girl, her father, and a necklace worth a hundred thousand dollars.
Jimmy leaned back in his chair and spoke calmly, but with decision. “Any man of ordinary intelligence,” he said, “could break into a house.”
In A Gentleman of Leisure, true to classic Wodehouse, nothing is straightforward and the cast—including the formidable Lady Julia Blunt, the blundering but charming Lord Spennie Dreeves and not one but two detectives—stumbles through comedy after comedy in this delightful trans-Atlantic farce.
Sir Pelham Grenville (P. G.) Wodehouse (1881–1975) was an English author and playwright and one of the premier humorists of the twentieth century. His inimitable prose, in the words of Evelyn Waugh, “has made a world for us to live in and delight in.” Wodehouse’s hundreds of written works include the masterful Jeeves & Wooster and Blandings Castle stories.