A Conspiracy of Friends: A Corduroy Mansions Novel – Alexander McCall-Smith

Those who have already discovered the books of Alexander McCall-Smith will welcome this addition as a visit from an old friend, or perhaps a favourite uncle. McCall-Smith’s works are keenly observed comedies of manners, low-key but spritely. Like the popular 44 Scotland Street series, Corduroy Mansions centres on the intertwined lives of the various residents of a particular address, this time an apartment building in the Pimlico district of London rather than Edinburgh. In this third instalment, the adventures of Freddie de la Hay alone would make fine comic reading, and he’s the resident dog. McCall-Smith is a serious student of moral philosophy, and his protagonists often face and debate ethical quandaries. Sometimes they get it right, sometimes not, but they are always profoundly human and recognizable. He brings them to full and fallible life, and we care about them and eagerly anticipate the next instalment of their lives. (submitted by JW)

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