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By ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH
RRP: $29.99, Abacus
The second novel in the London-based ‘Corduroy Mansions’ series is sure to delight with its cast of loveable misfits.
In the genteel environs of Corduroy Mansions, Pimlico, strange doings are afoot, mostly in the name of love. Lonely William French and his faithful canine Freddie are recruited to the service of MI6 by a beguiling lady operative, William's neighbour Caroline finds her suitor James mysteriously lacking, and Barbara Ragg is tempted to the Highlands by blossoming romance. Meanwhile sage psychiatrist Berthea Snark finds herself called away to protect her brother from a band of scheming New Age fraudsters seeking to insert themselves into the bosom of the family. Hilarious and affectionate, this is a new set of adventures in life, love and philosophy.