Wodehouse is always good. No matter which book you pick up, you can be sure of a good chuckle somewhere throughout. By the time 'The Girl in Blue' was released in 1970, Wodehouse had already written a small library and as each has a pretty similar conceit - upper-class buffoons temporarily impede dashing young things from getting engaged - this novel feels somewhat flat.
The gags are there and the characters likeable. The big plot reveal upon which the title is based happens far too early though, leaving a plodding twenty pages where the inevitable liasons come together without much in the way of passion. Wodehouse seems to have written the book in a single draft, too - the most engaging character is initially portrayed as a money-sucking scoundrel but brings about a very smart resolution worthy of Jeeves, before Wodehouse remembers that he's meant to be the villian of the piece and returns him to roguery.
It's still not a bad book. It's a short amusing pastoral jape much like any other Wodehouse novel. But there's nothing to distinguish it, no Empress of Blandings or Psmith to elevate it. Do read it if you have a lazy few hours, but otherwise pick up something with Bertie Wooster in....Continua