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Tricia Robertson

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  • A Conspiracy of Friends: A Corduroy Mansions Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    It seems the universe itself is conspiring against the residents of Corduroy Mansions, as they all find themselves struggling with their nearest and dearest. Oedipus Snark’s mother, Berthea, is still at work on her scathing biography of her son—the only loathsome Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament; literary agents Rupert Porter and Barbara Ragg are still battling each other for first crack at the manuscript of Autobiography of a Yeti; and fine arts graduate Caroline Jarvis is busy exploring the blurry line between friendship and romance....

    Tricia Robertson says: "New Adventures for Favorite CM Characters"
    "New Adventures for Favorite CM Characters"
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    What did you love best about A Conspiracy of Friends?

    Somehow Alexander McCall Smith has a gift for developing characters that seem like ordinary, everyday people yet he can craft their ordinary, everyday lives into stories that capture a reader's interest. The first two books have been the ones I've listened to most in my large Audible library and I had to have this one on Audible as soon as it was released.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Conspiracy of Friends?

    I loved it when Freddie de la Hay buckled himself into the car passenger seat. It sounds like a small detail, but as a dog lover I found it both surprising and endearing.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    William is my favorite character. I think Simon Prebble's voice suits him well and I always seem to feel (but have no proof) that he may most closely resemble Alexander McCall Smith than any of his other characters in any of his books. For whatever reason, I do feel the strongest connection with him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I will try not to give any spoilers. Suffice it to say that I was moved when a particular character realized she was not in love and again when another character seemed to find love in an unexpected place.


    Any additional comments?

    If anything, the addition of a Yeti in this series is a little far-fetched for this fan, because even the spy angle in the 2nd CM book seemed more believable to me.

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