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Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith
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Jul 15, 11

Read in July, 2011

Alexander McCall Smith has begun yet another delightful series. How does he do it? This one involves the residents of "Corduroy Mansions", a somewhat rundown apartment building in the Pimlico area of London.

Here we meet William, a widowed wine merchant who wants to get his son Eddie to move out. But when Marcia and a Pimlico terrier, Freddie de la Hay move in, he wonders if he's made a good trade. Especially when Freddie eats a possibly valuable painting.

Four young women share one of the apartments so there is plenty of potential for plot development among them. One just was fired from her job with parliment member, Oedipus Snark. Oedipus is the villain of the piece - even his mother doesn't like him.

Another is into colonic irrigation. And another is good friends with a young man who is questioning his sexuality.

Then there's Terrance, Oedipus's uncle who has a calamity trying to charge his car battery.

I don't know if Freddie can become as beloved as Bertie in the 44 Scotland Street series, but it will be interesting to see what develops.
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