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Book Review: The Dog Who Came In From The Cold

Alexander McCall Smith

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The Dog Who Came In From The Cold is another delightful book by Alexander McCall Smith. Loveable  canine Freddy  de la Hay, is recruited by MI6 to undertake a dangerous mission to spy on the Russians. His owner, William, is persuaded to let him go, much to Freddy’s distress.  Anyone who has read any of the books in this series, Corduroy Mansions, will remember Caroline and her flat mate Dee.  Caroline is in a relationship with James, but it is not entirely satisfactory. Dee is still working on her health products. Berthea Snark, the psychiatrist, is on a mission to save her brother Terry from himself, and Barbara Ragg the publisher, is in love and trying to change her life, after taking a trip to the beautiful Scottish Highlands. All these threads intertwine and make for a funny,philosophical, and at times moving account of the character’s lives in London.


5 comments on “Book Review: The Dog Who Came In From The Cold

  1. A Dog With Fleas
    September 2, 2012

    Thanks for the review and introducing me to a new book! Looks like something I would thoroughly enjoy reading.

    • Judy
      September 2, 2012

      I think you will enjoy any of his books. He is such a gentle writer. He comments on all sorts of things but in such a way as not to be confrontational. He has a dog in another of his series about Bertie. That dog (can’t remember his name at the moment) has a gold tooth and dreams of biting people on the ankle.

    • Judy
      September 2, 2012

      Yes I think you would enjoy it. All his books are lovely. Gentle but insightful. 🙂

  2. sharechair
    September 2, 2012

    Thanks for this reminder. I’ve read many of the Ladies Detective Agency series, but haven’t started another. This sounds like one I’d enjoy!

    • Judy
      September 2, 2012

      If you like his Lady Detective ones , I think you will enjoy this. He also writes a great series, The Philosophy Society. All his books are gentle but insightful. I love reading them. Thank you for commenting. 🙂

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