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A Conspiracy of Friends: A Corduroy Mansions Novel (Corduroy Mansions #3)

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CORDUROY MANSIONS - Book 3

In the Corduroy Mansions series of novels, set in London’s hip Pimlico neighborhood, we meet a cast of charming eccentrics, including perhaps the world’s most clever terrier, who make their home in a handsome, though slightly dilapidated, apartment block.

It seems the universe itself is conspiring against the residents of Corduroy Mansions, as they
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Hardcover, 261 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Pantheon (first published January 1st 2010)
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Brittany
Nov 16, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
We read books for so many reasons. We read to educate ourselves. We read to challenge ourselves. We read to explore new ideas and feelings. We read to think thoughts we've never thought before. We read to visit places, people, and times we'd otherwise never be able to. We read to escape the present. We read to bask in the beauty of the written word. And sometimes we just want a good story, the sort you tell over dinner with friends or the sort that makes a comforting bedtime story, no matter wha ...more
Linda
Jun 17, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everytime I read a book by Alexander McCall Smith I wish that I could live among his characters and in his locations! This third installment in the Corduroy Mansions series is no exception. The life events of the characters - while (in most cases) not earth-shattering and described so thoroughly and thoughtfully it is like we are experiencing them ourselves, or at least sitting on the sofa and hearing about them from a friend. Freddy de la Hay has an adventure (again) and both William and his so ...more
Barbara
3.5 stars

This laid back series centers around an apartment building called 'Corduroy Mansions' in the Pimlico section of London - its residents, their friends, relatives, neighbors, acquaintances, and co-workers. In this book we visit with some familar characters and see what they're up to.

Twenty-something Caroline Jarvis has a degree in art history and works as a photograher's assistant. Caroline's parents want their daughter to spend less time with her best friend James, a gay young man who
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Lori
Jul 20, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-best
Freddie de la Hay and his cast of characters, never fail to bring the quirks of mankind to a humorous read. Alexander McCall Smith is amazing in his observations of people. His stories with the story are light hearted while driving home a load of philosophy. I have had the opportunity to hear Mr. McCall Smith read and speak and he is just as wonderful as his characters. Totally fun reading.
Jessie
Sep 15, 2012 Jessie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always with Corduroy Mansions & 44 Scotland Street, a total delight and a balm to the soul.
Mary
Jul 05, 2012 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually, I did really enjoy this book. It's reliably sharp and funny and human. But I like the Mma Ramotswe mysteries arebetter than the Corduroy Mansions series; they seem deeper and more coherent. In this episode of "Corduroy Mansions", I was interested in all the characters and quite engaged - but I got frustrated in the end, because we didn't see a confrontation I expected to see. I also think the attempt of the literary agency to book the Yeti who's written an autobiography was - well, per ...more
Jon
May 02, 2013 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to admit it, but this serialized string of intertwined plot lines, gently and kindly narrated, is starting to appeal to me. Generally I think McCall Smith writes too much for his own good. I only patiently tolerated the first ones in this series, but I've been listening to the recorded versions and have now begun to feel comfortable with some of the characters. The plots are not as predictable as I had expected, and some of them actually do come to an end. This third volume included the ( ...more
Lucy
Nov 09, 2012 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This novel is the latest and third book in the Corduroy series by Alexander McCall Smith and it is outstanding. This whole series is my very favorite of what I've read of his books, which is all but two of the Isabel Dalhousie series and about 1/3 of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series...those series are very wonderful and remarkable in their own rights. Yet, there's just something so incredibly charming about this set, though...maybe because one of the main characters is a quintessentiall ...more
Lucy
Nov 09, 2012 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This novel is the latest and third book in the Corduroy Mansions series by Alexander McCall Smith and it is outstanding. This whole series is my very favorite of what I've read of his books, which is all but two of the Isabel Dalhousie series and 1/3 of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series...those sets are very wonderful and remarkable in their own rights. There's just something so incredibly charming about this set, though...Maybe because one of the main characters is a quintessentially do ...more
Judy
Aug 31, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another charmer from Alexander McCall Smith. In the third of his Corduroy Mansions series, Smith revisits the residents of a small apartment building located in the Pimlico neighborhood of London. This time, each member of the ensemble cast is in the midst of a conflict. For example, Berthea Snarke still dislikes her son, Oedipus, a Liberal Democrat MP and she continues to work on her "hostile biography" of him. Barbara Ragg is still at odds with her obnoxious business partner. Friendships are d ...more
Graeme Roberts
I admit that I am addicted to Alexander McCall Smith, a sucker for his gentle universe, a place where really bad things happen in the most human ways (view spoiler), but kindness and wisdom prevails. And in the ultimate test of all fiction, I find meaning and learn to live better.

I do have to admit, however, that he seems to be in production mode, throwing the cast of Corduroy cha
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Anna Grace
This book is the third in the series of corduroy mansions, although sometimes spookily similar to other Alexander McCall Smith books. It does address moral issues and causes us to think about the relationships we have in our life. He confirms to some social stereotypes which I found a little disappointing and he also in most/all of his books (even in different series) he has a unfaithful or simply fickle girl although he does sometimes do that with males also I find it sad that he has this view ...more
Barbara
Jun 16, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Really ended up enjoying this series. I remember finding the first book a bit sad but I enjoyed the second and the last one in this series. I love hot the author seems to realistically see the world through a dogs eyes and mind. The dog is not a big part of the book at all. In fact, he is hardly in this book at all, but when he is, I'm fascinated by his portrayal by the author. Who know what a dog really thinks and feels; but to me, the author's view seems pretty realistic and how I image a dog ...more
Sonia
Jan 15, 2012 Sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, scotland, fiction, 2012
This one started out a little slowly with a lot of "philosophizing" and I was wondering if I'd like it. But then it slowly took on the qualities I love in AMS's books - those unexpected turns in the story, his "right on" depictions of the quirks of modern life and modern people, his subtle humor (although I laughed out loud a few times), his getting into the mind of Freddie de la Hay (is it possible for a dog to fasten a seatbelt?) and, most of all, the feeling that he's teaching me something ab ...more
Connie
Oct 03, 2015 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading McCall Smith's books is, to me, the equivalent of a cup of tea, a rainy day and a comfortable chair. There aren't many better ways to spend a day.
Nat
Feb 05, 2013 Nat rated it it was ok
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Alison C
Mar 14, 2015 Alison C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Conspiracy of Friends, is, I think, the third novel in the Corduroy Mansions series by Alexander McCall Smith, although it is the first that I have ever read. There are a number of interesting residents at Corduroy Mansion in Pimlico, London, including Barbara Ragg, a literary agent who discovers that she's part gypsy, and William French, a wine expert who never passed his final examination to receive the precious wine expert title (he got drunk on the wine he was being tested on). Barbara has ...more
Ladiibbug
Mar 11, 2014 Ladiibbug rated it really liked it
#3 Corduroy Mansions series

The amusing and entertaining chronicles of the daily lives of the people and dog who live in this apartment building in London continue.

Literary agency co-partners Barbara and Rupert continue their maneuvering over who will gain access to the Yeti's autobiography. Hugh makes a startling confession to his beloved Barbara. Caroline's "maybe/maybe not" romance with James sees a surprising development. Shockingly, Freddie de la Hay (the dog) goes missing, and he cannot be
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Ben Chenoweth
An online novel, with installments released every weekday, that just finished on Friday. It was actually sort of fun to be unable to skip ahead - you had to wait and see what would happen. There were some interesting twists in this one, and some memorable scenes (like the one involving a magnet!) A gentle, enjoyable read!
Missclimpson
Apr 01, 2016 Missclimpson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. I wish he would write more about these characters. AMS has such a wonderful sense of the absurd.
Mary
Jun 25, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how McCall Smith gently causes you to think about philosophical, moral, and ethical questions in the context of the everyday lives or ordinary characters. Don't like the Corduroy Mansions series as much as the Scotland Street series, but I'll never turn down one of his stories set in GB.
Debra
Apr 04, 2016 Debra rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is a most unusual combination of a combined vignettes of characters whose lives touch and yet are often separate...and an overabundant cast of the same characters that requires me to keep an ongoing list of their names and status on a bookmark so that I can keep them all straight. Yet I can't wait for the next book even though at this point it has been 5 years since the third book was published.
A quiet stroll through people's lives that makes you feel as if you know them - funny and poign
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Sharla
Oct 10, 2012 Sharla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Alexander McCall Smith's books and this series is one of my favorites. That said, I thought this book was a bit repetitive in many ways. Still, I enjoyed the usual gentle wit and subtle humor. Would like to see more of Freddie and wish William would learn to hang onto him!
Diana
Feb 19, 2015 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any book by Alexander McCall Smith is better than the vast majority of books in print. Although the Corduroy Mansion series is my least fave of the author's huge library, I found myself smiling & nodding as I read this sweet book.
Lara Beth
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Rrshively
I enjoy the usually low-key writings of McCall Smith. This book, however, does get a little more tense as a character is forced into being a gigolo. It is always amusing to read the thoughts of the dog, Freddy de la Hay, as written by the author, especially since Freddie gets lost. Then there are the philosophical discussion and thoughts of the characters! This book, however, leaves some of the residents of Corduroy Mansions and some of their friends and neighbors without some of their issues r ...more
Diane Mooney
3rd novel in the Corduroy Mansions series and as much as I polished it off quite quickly there was a lot of it which frustrated me. I appreciate it's hard to satisfy what every reader wants, but there was certain parts of the story when I felt I could jump forward several pages doing nothing more than giving the words the slightest of scans and not missing out on much. Why write such elaborate descriptions of thought and setting when it's the engaging nature of humour character than keeps us tur ...more
Elizabeth
Aug 03, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
It seems the universe itself is conspiring against the residents of Corduroy Mansions, as they all find themselves struggling with their nearest and dearest. Oedipus Snark’s mother, Berthea, is still at work on her scathing biography of her son—the only loathsome Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament; literary agents Rupert Porter and Barbara Ragg are still battling each other for first crack at the manuscript of Autobiography of a Yeti; fine arts graduate Caroline Jarvis is busy exploring the b ...more
wanderaven
The synopsis for A Conspiracy of Friends explains that the character Barbara is shocked by the revelations of her boyfriend and this confession causes her to question her involvement with him. This is one of the first times in a McCall Smith book that I've actually been offended by a character's thoughts or actions. Wait, that's not true at all. There have been plenty of times I've been properly offended by the actions of a clearly bad guy - as most of McCall Smith's bad guys clearly are from th ...more
Trish Elizabeth
Thought I would buy this as a quick light read which it was. Alexander McCall Smith's style remains true to himself, covering the lives of the occupants of Corduray Mansions including the dog Freddie de la Hay. In fact the dog for me was the most amusing and appealing of them all, having a dog ourselves I could just envision the thoughts in his head conjured up by the mere expression on his doggie face.

He flits between characters and places keeping you on your toes, or is it because that's the
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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. He was born in what ...more
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“William’s weekend with his friends, Geoffrey and Maggie, was turning out to be neither restful nor enjoyable. Things could have been worse, of course: there must be weekends during which the hosts’ house burns to the ground, one of the guests murders another, the hostess is arrested in extradition proceedings or the guests are all poisoned by the inclusion of death’s cap mushrooms in the stew. Such weekends must be very difficult indeed, not least because of the wording of the thank-you letters that one would have to write. The disaster, whatever it was, could hardly be ignored, but must be referred to tactfully in the letter, and always set in proper perspective. Thus, in the case of the mushroom poisoning, one would comment on how the other courses of the meal were delicious; in the case of the hostess’s arrest, one would say something comforting about the ability of defence lawyers in the jurisdiction to which she was being extradited—and so on, mutatis mutandis, trying at all times to be as positive as possible.” 1 likes
“How many of us dig our own graves, thought William. We dig them with vigour and determination, unaware of the implications, but with all the conviction of those who do not really know what they are doing, who are impervious to the dangers that others can see so clearly.” 1 likes
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