I'll admit up front that the deck is a bit stacked on this review. I've spent many an hour during my life reading the works of P.G. Wodehouse, and the thoroughly enjoyable piffle that are his Jeeves and Wooster stories.
And I'm happy to report that John McDonnell does a wonderful job of writing in Wodehouse's airy, comic style, about characters from an era in Britain that didn't really exist, even as we wish it did.
Except that in "Jeeves and the Mafioso," Bertie Wooster and his estimable valet aren't in England, but on a trip to New York, where Bertie finds himself engaged to a Mafia princess, after a night of carousing. Can Jeeves figure a way out of this mess? Has he ever failed?
There's no sex here, but there is plenty of pleasure in McDonnell's use of the language, as he successfully brings to life a pair of iconic literary characters. Must reading if you love Wodehouse, and short enough to be worth wading into even if you don't know him.