A very good light novel. In the sleepy Worcestershire village of
Rudge-in-the-Vale John Carroll is in love with Pat Wyvern. But John's
uncle, fat, rich, miserly Lester Carmody, squire of Rudge Hall, and Pat's
damn-your-eyes father, Colonel Wyvern, long friends, are now feuding.
Lester Carmody's other nephew, and heir, Hugo Carmody, wants his uncle to
unbelt £500 for him to go shares in a London nightclub with Ronnie Fish,
Eton and Cambridge friend.
Dr Alexander Twist (it's Chimp again, the crook) is now running an
expensive health farm not far from Rudge. And enter Soapy Molloy and his
'daughter' Dolly. Lester
Carmody can't sell his Rudge Hall heirlooms, so why not fake a burglary and
diddle the insurance? (The first heirlooms/burglary plot.) Lester Carmody,
Chimp, Soapy and Dolly collude to do so. Everything goes wrong. John Carrol
and Chimp are given knock-out drops. Briefly Hugo is engaged to Pat. But it
ends happily, of course, with John and Pat engaged, Hugo released, Lester
Carmody and the Colonel friends again and Chimp, Dolly and Soapy foiled and
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.