I have read and/or listened to all of Alexander McCall Smith's books, but somehow missed the start of this new series. I began listening to "Corduroy Mansions" in audiobook format at the beginning of an intercontinental flight and it was a real struggle not to laugh out loud. I just couldn't stop listening and am now seriously jet-lagged!! Mr. McCall Smith was the first author in the yearly Pen and Podium series here in Denver. Nobody since has been as interesting, charming and funny. He's my favorite author.
I've enjoyed every book in this series that features a clever young English woman who served as a nurse during WWI. In some of her characters, she reveals the psychological and physical aftermath endured by veterans, while solving intriguing mysteries. Maisie, à la Upstairs/Downstairs, transitioned from a maid to a college-educated psychologist/investigator who is respected enough to work freelance with Scotland Yard. Go Maisie! (Written by Lynn, not Richard.)
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