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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Monday—The Reading Corner: Corduroy Mansions

Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith

Pimlico Puppy
It took me all summer, but I finished all twelve books of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Series by Alexander McCall Smith.  I also watched the HBO series that goes with the books, and I enjoyed every rich and uplifting minute.  The books made me want to buy a little white truck.  And, I was pretty much sold on a brand new, shiny blue truck by the middle of the last book.

The food...omigosh!  I still haven't stopped craving beef stew and mashed pumpkin...and doughnuts with powdered sugar...and fruitcake.  I did manage to find some herbal Red Rooibos bush tea from Peet's, and I've been brewing it as iced tea.  Yum!  However, since I do not want to become a woman of traditional build, I'll stick with healthy super foods and fresh spring greens.

I'm going to miss the gang at Speedy Motors!  I'll also miss the way that he ended every book with, "africa  africa  africa  africa  africa"—a literary hug for his native home.

Because Alexander McCall Smith created such vivid and lovable characters in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective series, I had to check out Corduroy Mansions about a little dog who lives in London.  I'm still on the first chapter, but I can already relate to the 50-Something main character, Michael, who lives in a brick walk-up in a London neighborhood called Pimlico with his cute little pooch and his 24-year old son.  I can relate to the morning chat that Michael has with himself when he looks into the bathroom mirror.  I, too, am in a comfortable state of denial when it comes to the hanging parts of my face.

Corduroy Mansions already feels like a wonderful weekly British serial, like All Creatures Great and Small (the novel written by James Herriot) with quirky characters, complex relationships, and detailed rich locations.  It's the kind of book that makes you hurry through the after-supper chores so that you can dive into bed and find out what happens next.

I can't wait!  It's time to make supper.  Stay tuned for my delicious stew recipe on Tuesday's Cupboard!