A Conspiracy of Friends

A Conspiracy of Friends

Book - 2012
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Alexander McCall Smith returns to Corduroy Mansions, the slightly dilapidated but beloved mansion block in London's hip Pimlico neighbourhood, for this 3rd instalment in his popular series.
It seems the universe is conspiring against the residents of Corduroy Mansions, as everyone finds themselves struggling with their nearest and dearest. Oedipus Snark is a Member of Parliament so loathsome even his mother can't abide him. As a matter of fact, Berthea Snark is still working on her scathing biography of her son--already 210 pages long, and that just covers his lamentable childhood. Meanwhile, the business rivalry is heating up between literary agents Rupert Porter and Barbara Ragg, still hoping to get the manuscript for Autobiography of a Yeti ; fine arts graduate Caroline Jarvis is blurring the fine line between friendship and romance; Eddie French has found a new, wealthy girlfriend; and his father, aspiring wine merchant William French, fears that he'll never get his Master of Wine certificate. Most importantly, William's faithful terrier, Freddie de la Hay--perhaps the only dog clever enough to have been recruited by MI6--disappears while on a mystery tour around the Suffolk countryside. Will Freddie find his way back to Pimlico? Is this the end of Corduroy Mansions? Readers will be captivated once again as McCall Smith's genius for storytelling and eye for the quirky details of modern life conspire to produce page after page of witty and entertaining episodes, and beautifully observed characters.

Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, 2012, c2011.
ISBN: 9780307361851
Characteristics: 261 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.


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Jul 23, 2019

Alexander McCall again weaves his magic in this installment of the Corduroy Mansion series. Freddie de la Hay goes missing, Barbara Ragg goes back on her word to Rupert, Caroline's mother all but forces her to take in a friend's son as a housemate, etc., all told with McCall Smith's gentle humor about ordinary people.

Apr 29, 2014

To me, the characters in this book lack the charm I've become used to in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. I never thought I would be impatient to finish a book by McCall Smith. Perpetual philosophizing by mainly ordinary people (except for the dog, of course)

Jul 08, 2012

Like all the Alexander MaCall Smith's book a pleasure to read. A neighborhood I would like to live in. Looking forward to the next book.

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