Review 1806: Harlequin House

When Mr. Partridge decides he needs a holiday, he just walks off from the Peters Lending Library, leaving it closed. He may be an older man with a shape like an egg, but he is lawless. Wandering around the seaside town of Dormouth Bay, he spots Lisbeth Campion and follows her. Lisbeth is the type of girl that men are always following. He not only follows her, he has tea with her and her aunt.

Later that night, he sees Lisbeth getting into a car with a man. He gets in the back. Finding they have landed in London at midnight, he learns that Lisbeth has been looking for her brother, Ronnie, who through a misunderstanding, of course, has been in prison for delivering cocaine and is just out. Ronnie claims he thought it was baking powder.

Although Lisbeth is engaged to a fine, upstanding captain in the army, Captain Brocard wants to ship Ronnie to Canada with a small pension, as he has never successfully kept a job. Lisbeth has other plans, though: to rehabilitate Ronnie so that the captain returns to find him an upstanding citizen with a job.

Using Mr. Partridge’s five pounds, the three find a modest lodging in Paddington and set out to find jobs. And they find very odd ones.

Harlequin House is a charming, silly comedy. It made me laugh.

Cluny Brown

The Stone of Chastity

Our Spoons Came from Woolworths


5 thoughts on “Review 1806: Harlequin House

  1. Helen February 22, 2022 / 2:33 pm

    I’ve read a few of Margery Sharp’s books but haven’t come across this one. It sounds entertaining. It’s always good when a book makes you laugh!

    • whatmeread February 22, 2022 / 5:09 pm

      Yes! Some of hers have been just wacky, and others have made me laugh.

  2. historicalfictionisfiction March 13, 2022 / 10:47 am

    Thanks for this suggestion. Spent a lovely afternoon at Harlequin House yesterday afternoon. Just what i needed after I “wasted” an afternoon on three of the most maudlin books it has been my misfortune to skim.

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