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; fine arts graduate Caroline Jarvis is busy exploring the blurry 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 in everyone’s mind is William’s faithful terrier, Freddie de la Hay - 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. Will Freddie find his way back to Pimlico? Is Corduroy Mansions starting to crumble?
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
Alexander Mccall Smith is one of my favorites. I always enjoy reading/listening to his books. He makes the ordinary etraordinary and makes us think it's ordinary.
The way the characters are intertwined. Like it is a big world but a small world. Plus they all have their pluses and minus. Since All my Children is off the air this is my new soap opera only it is funny.
I have listened to other cordoroy mansion series. I love all his characterizations.
Actually I did listen to it all in one sitting I was home sick and I just laid in bed and listened.
Alexander mcCall Smith is so great. I also listen to No 1 ladies detective and portugese irregular verbs. I love it.
Say something about yourself!
Loved Scotland street series and love this one--Corduroy Mansions. Freddie De La Hay is the dog here who has wonderful adventures, like Cyril the pooch with the gold tooth in the Scotland Street series. Alexander McCall Smith makes wry observations about our world. He is always a gentleman and jabs without vengeance though. This installment in the Corduroy Mansions series ended pretty abruptly. I hope Audible can get ALL the installments for both of these series in time.
I love AMS's characters. They are like old friends - full of all of the characteristics that make us human. The story is a blurr. Not much really happens, but there is still suspense and resolution. Fun to read, but very light.
A bit shorter than most. What's not to enjoy? Wonderful dog, well meaning people occasionally going astray. Redemption for the wicked. Nice ending which leaves the reader wondering what will happen next.
I've listened to others in this series. All first rate.
Try to appreciate my friends more!
Waiting for the next by Alexander McCall Smith - Botswana, Scotland or England.
Another wonderful installment in this series, full of whimsical--but somehow totally believable--stories winding their way out of Corduroy Mansions and back in again. Delightful, funny, and a fabulous example of prose beautifully read that is much more than it seems.
I was sad when the book ended, the characters are interesting and it is exceptionally well narrated. Heart-warming stories, but realistic with some suspense and mystery.
It is so easy to understand, and his British accent is perfect.
Picking up the threads of the various stories
Superb writing, and despite a few characters who are caricatures, it's a fun ride. You'll recognize a lot of yourself, your friends and your neighbors in these characters.
When Caroline's new roommate comes through under difficult circumstances.
Don't want to spoil it for the reader, but McCall Smith is a master at showing the moment at which two people connect, or when that connection is broken.
Some bittersweet moments, some characters disappointed, some characters rewarded and surprised. A good read.
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