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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting philosophical character study, June 12, 2012
This review is from: A Conspiracy of Friends: A Corduroy Mansions Novel (3) (Hardcover)
In London, from her mew house just behind Corduroy Mansions, noted psychoanalyst Berthea Snark continues writing her hostile exposé biography "My Son Oedipus"; as she hates the "only unpleasant Liberal Democrat" Member of Parliament. She is encouraged by Oedipus' former lover literary agent Barbara Ragg who loathes him too. At the same time, Berthea's fiancé Hugh is unhappy with her after they share some dark secrets; and Barbara's business partner Rupert Porter is irate with her and seeking revenge. Meanwhile Oedipus is named the Undersecretary for some department that he cannot recall its name.

Wine merchant William French panics when his significant other Freddie de la Hay the M16 Terrier (see The Dog Who Came in from the Cold) vanishes. At the same time William's son Eddie, funded by wealthy girlfriend Merle of the Windward Islands, hires designer Cosmo Bartonette to create a Hemingway-themed restaurant. William's neighbor Caroline Jarvis muses over a passionate relationship rather than just a friendship with her BFF James. Finally, Berthea's brother Terence Moongrove decides to own a racecar that he plans to drive in competition.

The ensemble cast starring in the latest Corduroy Mansions contemporary tale makes for an entertaining look at desires and needs; not all positive and friendly. The action is limited as much of the storyline focuses on inner turmoil and longings. Readers who enjoy a low keyed philosophical character study will appreciate the cleverly musings of A Conspiracy of Friends.

Harriet Klausner
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Initial post: Jun 13, 2012 6:31:42 AM PDT
ausGeoff says:
Why is Amazon persisting in publishing these computer-generated "reviews"? Surely the most basic premise of producing a meaningful review is for a human being to have actually read the book in question? Do we have computers now that possess the uniqueness of human logic? I know that computers can employ OCR software to "read" a document, but ratiocination? I don't think so.

If I want a plot synopsis, I'll read the dust jacket.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 9:48:32 AM PDT
Marlon B. says:
The best way to get rid of little ole Harriet K.'s is to click 'no' is her reviews are helpful.

Do that, and her beloved ranking will drop even lower.

And let us hope, stop this blipping reviews...She is now ranked 1,082...a far cry from her formal #1 spot.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2012 2:22:00 PM PDT
Dona says:
Be aware that if you click helpful or unhelpful (either will do) too many times on any one reviewer AMAZON will class you as a FAN voter and filter you out. You will no longer be able to vote helpful or unhelpful (as in this case it ALWAYS is) for that reviewer.
thanks amazon for making us not count anymore.HA!
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