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The dog who came in from the cold
Alexander McCall Smith
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Smith's diverting second Corduroy Mansions novel (after Corduroy Mansions) focuses mainly on the misadventures of London wine merchant William French. When Angelica Brockelbank, an attractive acquaintance of William's he hasn't seen in years, unexpectedly shows up at his door in Pimlico, he's surprised to learn that, instead of running a bookshop, Angelica now works for Britain's MI6. He's further dumbfounded when an intelligence colleague of Angelica's asks him to eavesdrop on some Russian spies with his Pimlico terrier, Freddie de la Hay. The complications will elicit no more than smiles, though a passage toward the end about a notorious Margaret Thatcher quotation will raise a genuine laugh. Somewhat anemic characters, a silly subplot involving the autobiography of a yeti, and a lack of trenchant observations about human nature may disappoint those expecting the high quality of Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

This is the second entry in McCall Smitth's "Corduroy Mansions" series. It features most of the same beloved characters, but the title derives from William French's Pimlico terrier, Freddie de la Hay, becoming a spy for M16. This is not the only component of the work: there is a budding romance; a young man who is questioning his sexuality; a naOve and gullible brother; and the author of an autobiography of a yeti. There is something about this series that is highly reminiscent of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City. It is more about the people than the plot. It focuses on how some eccentrics and some regular folks deal with life in general, and it does so with gentle humor. Verdict Recommended where character-driven gentle reads (for example, those of Clyde Edgerton, Nick Hornby, or even Helen Fielding) are popular. [See Prepub Alert, 12/20/10.]-Susan Hayes, Chattahoochee Valley Libs., Columbus, GA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters William French
Male
Age: 51
Widower
Wine merchant; lives with his twenty-four-year old son; has a terrier named Freddie de la Hay; visited by his old friend, Angelica; asked to eavesdrop on some Russian spies.
Merchant

Angelica Brockelbank
Female
Visiting her old friend, William; gave up her life as a bookstore owner to be a spy.
M16 agent

Dee
Female
William's neighbor; works at a vitamin shop; looking to make money.
Store employee

Barbara Ragg
Female
Representing the Autobiography of a Yeti.
Literary agent



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