Generally comical & salubrious narratives concerning British aristocrats. Some genuine humor at times, but mostly quirky lords and their servants. (No Jeeves stories in this one.) Whether it's sabotage of a lordly moustache-growing contest or a servant getting repeatedly shot in the arse with an airgun by his employers, it's all kinda light and silly and annoying. Not for me, really.
I'm glad that I read it, though, if only because now I see where Joe Abercrombie picked up his aristocrats' mannerisms and speech patterns for the First Law serial, including the inarticulate Errs and Uhs and Ahs. I wonder if he'll own the influence when confronted.