REVIEW: Leave it to Psmith

Leave it to Psmith is my first venture into the wonderful world of Wodehouse. And what a wonderful and wacky venture it has been.

Wodehouse captures all the things I love about British mysteries, minus the qualities I tend to dislike, augmented by a brilliant sense of farce.

I can’t say I’m surprised by Wodehouse’s abilities in this genre, though I’ve never read his work I have seen it translated on the screen (shout out to Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry for bringing Jeeves and Wooster to life), but I am so utterly impressed with how clean his execution is on all fronts.

The characters in Leave it to Psmith are well formed, quirky, and essential to the plot (methinks the Brits have a habit of adding extraneous characters to their mysteries); the story, though full of twists and sub-plots, never feels convoluted or contrived; and the humor is farce perfected (the physical comedy jumps off the page.)

It is a delight to know that a myriad of tales in which a bulk of these characters play out their inanity awaits me in the Psmith and Blandings Castle series. I am grateful to have finally entered the Wodehouse world.

Rating: 4 Diamond Necklaces


6 thoughts on “REVIEW: Leave it to Psmith

  1. I have been a huge Wodehouse fan for ages. It is an enduring comfort to know that there is a veritable cornucopia of his works out there for one’s delectation…and rereading any of them is pleasure undiminished. Other writers in a similar vein that I’ve enjoyed are Robert Benchley and the criminally neglected S. J. Perelman. Welcome to the world of Jeeves…

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  2. OMG Psmith is my FAVORITE wood house character!! I think this is actually the second of the Blandings series… they’re all fantastic (though be warned if you read Sunset at Blandingd, it’s unfinished because Wodehouse died writing it).

    Quick question: what are the qualities you don’t like in British mysteries??

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    1. I’m moving from Psmith to Jeeves for this year, but I do plan on reading more of the Blandings series.
      Answer to your question – I find they can become very contrived to fit the formula, or convoluted to fill space.


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