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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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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 |
A Conspiracy of Friends, is, I think, the third novel in the Corduroy Mansions series by Alexander McCall Smith, although it is the first that I have ever read. There are a number of interesting residents at Corduroy Mansion in Pimlico, London, including Barbara Ragg, a literary agent who discovers that she's part gypsy, and William French, a wine expert who never passed his final examination to receive the precious wine expert title (he got drunk on the wine he was being tested on). Barbara has an ex-lover, Oedipus Snark, a politician so venal that even his own mother doesn't like him, and we also follow Snark about in the course of this episodic novel, along with a number of other characters who come and go in the narrative. Not a whole lot happens in the book, but much like his Isabel Dalhousie series, McCall Smith uses gentle humour and a good dose of internal philosophizing to show the reader that ordinary lives are no less heartfelt and meaningful than extraordinary ones. Definitely a cozy read, perfect for grey winter days; recommended. ( )
  thefirstalicat | Jan 31, 2013 |
A great read as usual. Some of the storylines are resolved, but others are left hanging, so hopefully we can expect another in the series. ( )
  janglen | Jan 11, 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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