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A Conspiracy of Friends: A Corduroy Mansions Novel (3) (original 2011; edition 2012)

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Title:A Conspiracy of Friends: A Corduroy Mansions Novel (3)
Authors:Alexander McCall Smith
Info:Pantheon (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 272 pages
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A sublime addition to Alexander McCall Smith's CORDUROY MANSIONS series. All of the wonderful characters are here in full force: Oedipus Snark( a name worth the price of the book) is back to his loathsome politicking;Rupert Porter and Barbara Ragg are still battling over the manuscript of THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YETI; Caroline Jarvis finds a new love;Terence Moongrove buys a race-car; William French visits old friends in the country where his Plimlico Terrier, Freddie de la Hay, finds a new adventure.
A book of gentle irony marked by a profoundly wise commentary on modern life. ( )
  maryhollis | Feb 20, 2017 |
Light reading. Just what I needed at this time. Read now all three books in the Corduroy Mansions series, which are all light reading. I like the interlaced commentary on today's less caring society. ( )
  jack2410 | Feb 2, 2017 |
From the beginning, this book has a different feel to it than the previous two in the series. The narrative is less plot driven and has much more overt moral philosophy, all in McCall Smith's usual warm and humourous style but not quite as subtle. Then the ending just feels very rushed, with several of the plot lines unresolved. I can't help feeling that the author simply got bored with it. 17 April 2016. ( )
  alanca | Apr 18, 2016 |
pleasant read, but not compelling. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
I'm glad there were only three books in this series, but glad that he is prolific in writing about 44 Scotland Street and The Number One Ladies' Detective Agency. I really only cared for the parts about Freddie de la Hay and maybe Caroline, but rushed through the others. I really like Alexander McCall Smith's writing in general, so it the book got a higher mark than the story would if written by someone else. ( )
  eliorajoy | May 3, 2014 |
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"It's back to Corduroy Mansions--the slightly dilapidated but well-lived-in mansion block in London's hip Pimlico neighborhood--for the third installment in Alexander McCall Smith's newest popular series. There's never a dull moment for the residents of Corduroy Mansions: Berthea Snark is still at work on her scathing biography of the only loathsome Liberal Democrat member of Parliament--her own son, Oedipus; literary agents Rupert Porter and Barbara Ragg are still battling each other for first crack at the manuscript of Autobiography of a Yeti; fine-arts graduate Caroline Jarvis is busy blurring the line between friendship and romance; and William French is still worrying that his son, Eddie, may never leave home, even though Eddie's got a new wealthy girlfriend. But uppermost on everyone's mind is Freddie de la Hay--William's faithful terrier (and without a doubt the only dog clever enough to have been recruited by MI6)--who has disappeared while on a mystery tour around the Suffolk countryside"--… (more)

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