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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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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 |
I love this series. It is very upbeat and fun. I love the characters. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
The denizens of Corduroy Mansion once again find themselves in interesting situations. William goes to visit his friends Geoffrey and Maggie, only to have Maggie announce her love for him. In the meantime, Freddie goes missing on their farm. Back in the apartments, Caroline is still pining for James and looking for a new roommate when her mother interferes and sets her up with Roland, a childhood friend. This series doesn't have much plot but provides a fly-on-the-wall observation of the various denizens that is oddly engaging. ( )
  4leschats | Apr 6, 2013 |
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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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