D. Appleton, 1915 - Blandings Castle (England : Imaginary place) - 346 pages
Ashe was reading listlessly down the column when, from the mass of advertisements, one of an unusual sort detached itself. WANTED: Young Man of good appearance, who is poor and reckless, to undertake a delicate and dangerous enterprise. Good pay for the right man. Apply between the hours of ten and twelve at offices of Mainprice, Mainprice & Boole, 3 Denvers Street, Strand. Ashe, an adventurer at heart, was also uncommonly lazy. As it was, however, he could make an immediate start. It was with fine fervor animating him that he entered the gloomy offices of Mainprice, Mainprice & Boole. His brain was afire and he felt ready for anything.
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Ashe Marson and Joan Valentine live in the same building and both make their living writing sensational fiction; they seem destined for each other, but when the absent-minded Lord Emsworth inadvertently pockets a precious scarab from the collection of J. Preston Peters, American millionaire and father of Aline Peters, who is engaged to Emsworth's son Freddie, Ashe and Joan find themselves pitted against each other, as both go under cover as domestics for a house party at Blandings Castle when Peters offers a handsome reward to anyone who can recover the scarab.