Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Armchair Novel Review: The Dog Who Came in from the Cold

The Dog Who Came in from the Cold
A Corduroy Mansions Novel
by Alexander McCall Smith

Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover

My favourite writer of cozy, quirky character studies and fiction, Alexander McCall Smith, has come out with a sequel to the wonderful Corduroy Mansions in his Corduroy Mansions series. Each of his books stand alone of course, but it is also lovely to read them through and follow the characters on their particular, and sometimes peculiar, paths. 

Pimlico terrier Freddie de la Hay, happily living in an Eddie-less and Marcia-less flat with his beloved master William (just fifty and still regrettably single) is recruited by MI6 to serve his country by acting as spy to infiltrate a Russian crime ring. Partly swayed by patriotism and partly swayed by the beauty of the agent, William reluctantly agrees. 

Terrence Moongrove is in danger of being swayed into signing over his house to two opportunists in order to create a New Age centre - The Centre for Cosmological Studies - with dancing, of course. 

Barbara Ragg, literary agent and possessor of the much coveted flat that her father bought from his partner and which his partner's son Rupert, also her partner in the publishing business, resents her to no end for, is happily in love and travelling to Scotland with her new beau.

Caroline and James examine their relationship and consider being boyfriend and girlfriend. 

These and many other delightful tales weave and wend through each other in McCall Smith's classic fire-side style. 

Next in the series: A Conspiracy of Friends

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Good things happen to those who are away! 

A big thanks to the Fairy Hobmother for visiting me while I was in Ohio last week! So very kind of him! I have seen traces of him granting wishes all over the internet and finally he has found me and my little blog! Very exciting indeed. I always say that people who give me presents are my favourite kind of people. Thanks again!