You may be familiar with Alexander McCall Smith as the bestselling author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. This title is the third in his series, A Corduroy Mansions Novel. Corduroy Mansions is a well lived-in block of London’s hip Pimlico neighborhood. The residents within are varied and charming, and McCall Smith has a gift for making the reader laugh at the characters’ various antics as they ponder many moral dilemmas. There is Berthea Snark, a psychiatrist with an understandable loathing for her politician son, Oedipus; Barbara Ragg, a literary agent who escaped the clutches of Oedipus and is now happily in love with boyfriend Hugh; and William French, a wine merchant who owns a super intelligent dog named Freddie de la Hay. There is lots of dry humor and gentle reminders that we could all be better people if we only tried a little harder.
The good characters and dialogue will make most readers eager for the fourth installment of this series.