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The Dog Who Came in from the Cold (Corduroy Mansions) Hardcover – International Edition, April 21, 2010
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'A page-turner with many happy endings. Perfect,' - Daily Express 'A twisting plot line, told in McCall Smith's usual entertaining style, makes this a great read.' Waterstones Book Quarterly 'A great place to visit if you need cheering up,' - The Scotsman
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Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world's most prolific and most popular authors. For many years he was a professor of Medical Law, then, after the publication of his highly successful No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which has sold over fifteen million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over 40 languages and become bestsellers throughout the world. These include the Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in The Scotsman, the Isabel Dalhousie novels, and the Von Igelfeld series.
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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.
Where others may not be so amused, I just laugh out loud. I LOVE THIS AUTHOR.
His observations of the human condition are so sweet and insightful, and always an exaggerated TWIST.
My husband gets a kick out of my snickering, ESPECIALLY on this one, but always!
I wish McCall Smith finished a book every two weeks. I have read every last word he has written.
Freddie de la Hay, Pimlico Terrier, owned by William French, becomes an MI6 recruit in order to infilitrate a group of Russian spies. It puts Freddie in perilous danger and causes William to realize he has made a big mistake in letting Freddie work for the MI6. We get great insight into their relationship because of Freddie's recruitment. For a while it looks as if it might all be over for poor Freddie, but you'll have to read to see what happens.
Meanwhile the neighbors downstairs are having their own crisis. Caroline and James's relationship isn't turning out to be what either one of them wanted. Dee comes with a brilliant idea for her vitamin store which could pay millions. Jo goes for a weekend with Caroline to her parents' home.
Barbara Ragg and Rupert Porter of literary agent fame are having their own problems. Rupert is having a hard time believing in the Yeti and more importantly in his author. In fact, there is a quite amusing scene in the book where Rupert thinks he has spotted the Yeti and chases him all over London. Meanwhile Barbara goes with her very handsome finance to meet his family in Scotland.
Another lovely and warm story from Alexander McCall Smith. He is truly the premier storyteller of our age.
All the lovable characters from the first book are here and their stories just keep evolving. Even if you did not read the first book, Smith does a good job of "filling you in on the most important parts" so you still enjoy the story in this second book in the series. However, I think reading the first one helped me to enjoy this second one better. I really cannot wait for the next installment. I know that Smith became popular with his series about the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency; however, of all of his series I think I am enjoying this one the best. If you want something that will take you away from the seriousness of your everyday world, this book will do it!
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