Here we are shown Bones as a business man. He is prepared to finance anything—anything! His indiscretions serve him well, for although all the financial cut-throats in the City centre are on his trail, they achieve nothing but his further enrichment. There is a chuckle in every chapter, even in those devoted to his courting. Good business stories are so rare that the reader can't afford to miss this.
o meet you."
He rose, solemnly shook hands, sat down again and coughed. Then he took up the ivory paper-knife to chew, coughed again as he detected the lapse, and put it down with a bang.
"I thought I'd like to come along and see you, Mr. Tibbetts," said Fred in his gentle voice; "we are so to speak, associated in business."
"Indeed?" said Bones. "In-deed?"
"You see, Mr. Tibbetts," Fred went on, with a sad smile, "your lamented uncle, before he went out of business, sold us his ships. He died a month later."
He sighed and Bones sighed.
"Your uncle was a great man, Mr. Tibbetts," he said, "one of the greatest business men in this little city. What a man!"
"Ah!" said Bones, shaking his head mournfully.
He had never met his uncle and had seldom heard of him. Saul Tibbetts was reputedly a miser, and his language was of such violence that the infant Augustus was invariably hurried to the nursery on such rare occasions as old Saul paid a family visit. His inhe
I loved this one about a seeming bumbler who always comes out on top in his business dealings. Fun!
Don't miss this book if you have a love for clever gems from England's past. It is very funny and unique, in both the characters portrayed and the witty dialog. Don't let the business reference scare you, it's not at all boring. It's just lots of fun, giving you a little peek at life in those days. Nothing serious here, just a collection of stories that are well worth the little time it takes to read them.
Bones, Hamilton and Sanders -- all demobbed -- have left Africa for London, where Bones, heir to a sizeable fortune, increases it through haphazard and romantic adventures, despite efforts to swindle him by a broad range of City malefactors. Told in episodic fashion, like the earlier Mr. Commissioner Sanders stories, they are just as amusing, although the natives aren't guite so colorful.
It isn't strictly necessary to have read the previous Sanders books to enjoy this one, but you'll probably like it more if you have.