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  • Hardcover: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Center Point; Lrg edition (Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611731291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611731293
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.9 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,329,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world's most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Then, after the publication of his highly successful 'No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' series, which has sold over twenty million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over forty-six languages and become bestsellers through the world. These include the Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in The Scotsman, the Isabel Dalhousie novels, the Von Igelfeld series, and the Corduroy Mansions series, novels which started life as a delightful (but challenging to write) cross-media serial, written on the website of the Telegraph Media Group. This series won two major cross-media awards - Association of Online Publishers Digital Publishing Award 2009 for a Cross Media Project and the New Media Age award.

In addition to these series, Alexander writes stand-alone books. 2014 sees publication of three new novels which fall into this area: 'The Forever Girl'; 'Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party'; and 'Emma' - a reworking of the classic Jane Austen novel. This year there will also be a stunning book on Edinburgh, 'A Work of Beauty: Alexander McCall Smith's Edinburgh'. Earlier stand alone novels include 'La's Orchestra Saves the World' and 'Trains and Lovers: A Hearts Journey'.

Alexander is also the author of collections of short stories, academic works, and over thirty books for children. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the British Book Awards Author of the Year Award in 2004 and a CBE for service to literature in 2007. He holds honorary doctorates from nine universities in Europe and North America. In March of 2011 he received an award from the President of Botswana for his services through literature to that country.
Alexander McCall Smith lives in Edinburgh. He is married to a doctor and has two daughters.

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'A page-turner with many happy endings. Perfect' --Daily Express

'A twisting plot line, told in McCall Smith's usual entertaining style, makes this a great read.' --Waterstones Book Quarterly

'A great place to visit if you need cheering up' --The Scotsman

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A wonderful collection of characters in this delightful read --Stratford Press --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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* Second novel in he new London-based series from Alexander McCall Smith, comparable in warmth and humour to 44 Scotland Street --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By read, read, read on 29 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
Another fabulous offering from the ultimate master of story-telling. Definitely on a par with the fantastic 44 Scotland Street series. This latest book in the Corduroy Mansions series is a real treat, I'd read all the chapters in the Telegraph but it is so nice to have them all in one lovely volume. Highly recommend to Alexander McCall Smith fans old and new!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 22 Jun 2012
Format: Paperback
I have only started this second book in the new series, but am already wondering about a couple things:
Firstly, I don't like inconsistencies. The first thing I read in this book is that Eddie, son of William, is 28 years old. So I think: OK, this story is set 4 years after the last one. But soon after I find out that only 6 months have passed since Eddie moved out from his father's flat.
However, in the first book, Eddie is only 24. And now, 6 months later, he is 28?

Also, whatever happened to that luncheon that Barbara and Jenny were supposed to have to discuss, I presume, how to get even with the nasty Oedipus Snark. Nothing ever came of that. And now it's 6 months later, and unless they have had their lunch, and we were simply not informed, it didn't happen after all, and we weren't informed of that either - unless we will be informed about it at a later state.

Then there is James who, in the first book, had been offered a job with a gallery, and now he has just finished an unpaid 6-week internship with an auction house and is waiting to see whether they will hire him?
And what happened to the "girlfriend" he seemed to have found towards the end of the book? No mention of her in this one. No, it's Caroline after all who he is together with.

Also, we have been told in the first book that there is a basement flat in the house, but not whether someone lives there or not. And if not, why not?

And lastly, we never heard the end of Hugh's story (Barbara's fiancée), about what happened in South America and what happened when he was with the family of one of his pupils and, presumably been held by them for the 3 months.

Inconsistencies and loose ends - just hate them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Sep 2011
Format: Paperback
The Dog Who Came In From The Cold is the second in the Corduroy Mansions series by Alexander McCall Smith. Once again we join the people of Corduroy Mansions and their friends. An acquaintance who works for MI6 visits wine merchant William French, and his Pimlico terrier, Freddie de la Hay, is drafted to serve his country. Berthea Snark's brother Terence Moongrove finds his new Porsche makes him feel amorous and is excited about water memory and morphic resonance. Caroline tries to decide whether she wants a relationship with comfortable James or exciting Tim. Barbara Ragg goes on vacation to Scotland with her new fiancé Hugh Macpherson and meets her future in-laws. Berthea Snark has to take action against a pair of charlatans out to fleece Terence. Dee lies and steals and tries to market her goods in a new way. Barbara's partner at the Ragg Porter Literary Agency betrays a trust and is caught out. Aussie flatmate Jo gives Caroline some very sound advice. There is a delightful piece on homeopathy and risotto gets a few mentions. William's feckless son Eddie berates him, with justification. And William effects a dramatic rescue. And throughout the happenings, we are treated to McCall Smith's gentle philosophy and wry humour. I found myself constantly smiling, chuckling, giggling and many occasions, laughing out loud. McCall Smith manages to examine issues in everyday life and still leave the reader feeling good and wanting more. I loved this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BlueBlueBlue on 27 Oct 2011
Format: Paperback
The usual well written and engaging McCall Smith character sketches are all here, but in a way that's partly the problem insofar as this time there are simply too many of them for my taste. The action - if one can call it that - is more a series of well crafted vignettes describing the effects and outcomes of the various forms of middle class angst from which so many of McCall Smith's characters so frequently suffer. It's not that I mind this at all as a story vehicle - it's the stamping ground of many of the finest writers for obvious reasons - but with this book I found there were simply too many threads running through and the alleged principal storyline was somewhat buried under a mass of parallel plots. Ultimately, I quite enjoyed the book from about page 150 onwards when our canine hero finally began to take centre stage, but alas it was all too briefly. I would have preferred far more Freddie de la Hay (Dog) - whose cleverly constructed character surely offered a writer of McCall Smith's talents considerably more room for development - and far, far fewer humans. Corduroy Mansions is not one of McCall Smith's otherwise excellent series I will be returning to - unless Freddie de la Hay is given far more to think and bark about that is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 April 2012
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I had been feeling somewhat disloyal to Precious Ramotswe and the other characters in the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series as they had been replaced as my McCall Smith favourites by Bertie in the 44 Scotland Street series. Now I have a further dilemma as the "hero" of The Dog Who Came in from the Cold is Freddie de la Hay a Pimlico Terrier who has all the innocent charm of Bertie. Both get into hysterical situations without being aware of it. This book is the second in the Corduroy Mansions series. The first book was enjoyable but did not seem to be addictive. The second left me wondering when I could get my hands on the next in the series. As mentioned in other reviews there can be a lot of chuckling out loud involved so bear that in mind before reading in public.
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