The story first begun in CORDUROY MANSIONS continues with all the light-hearted humor and introspective analyzing of the human condition that has made Alexander McCall Smith a much-beloved writer.
The author returns us to the now familiar building of London flats and follows its fictional residents as they each search for "home"---that sometimes elusive euphemism for the place and people one feels they truly belong with. The most endearing character of all is Freddie de la Hay, the former bomb-sniffing dog from Heathrow now residing with wine merchant William. More than others, Freddie realizes the importance of home and being where you are happy and with the person who makes you happiest. Unfortunately, Freddie is conscripted into service for the Crown and must shed his blood for England as he takes up with a band of Russian spies. Will Freddie ever know the comfort of Corduroy Mansions again? Will Berthea Snark's comic plot to save the home of her life-challenged brother Terence be successful? Will Rupert's eternal quest for the home he feels he rightfully deserves be realized? Will Caroline convince James to be her lover and not her friend? Will Barbara find happiness with Hugh if it means leaving England? These and many other questions will be answered as the residents of Corduroy Mansions search for love and happiness.
There are the inevitable loose ends that readers have come to expect in a series. Will we find out what happened to Hugh in South America? Will Dee's great scheme be revealed as marketing fraud? The story is set to continue and I eagerly anticipate the next installment. My only suggestion to the author would be more Freddie de la Hay and less of Dee and her passionate pronouncements on colonic irrigation.