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Espresso Tales (#2 44 Scotland Street)

Espresso Tales (#2 44 Scotland Street)
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Humour
  • Era(s): Modern

From the back cover: Bruce, the intolerably vain and perpetually deluded ex-surveyor, is about to embark on a career as a wine merchant, while his long-suffering flatmate Pat Macgregor, set up by matchmaking Domenica Macdonald, finds herself invited to...

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies #6

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies #6
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Botswana
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Precious Ramotswe, that cheerful Botswanan private investigator of ‘traditional build’, is now married to Mr J.L.B. Matekoni of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. The Agency is busy, but Mma Ramotswe cannot ignore the plea which is made by a woman...

La’s Orchestra Saves the World

La’s Orchestra Saves the World
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Suffolk
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): WW2, 1950s

With a failed marriage behind her, La — short for Lavender — moves to the Suffolk countryside on the eve of the Second World War to nurse her broken heart. Lonely and at a loss, a friend encourages her...

Love Over Scotland (#3 44 Scotland Street)

Love Over Scotland (#3 44 Scotland Street)
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

With his characteristic warmth, inventiveness and brilliant wit, Alexander McCall Smith gives us more of the gloriously entertaining comings and goings at 44 Scotland Street, the Edinburgh townhouse. Six-year-old prodigy Bertie perseveres in his heroic struggle for truth and...

Sunshine on Scotland Street (#8 44 Scotland Street)

Sunshine on Scotland Street (#8 44 Scotland Street)
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Humour
  • Era(s): Modern

Scotland Street witnesses the wedding of the century of Angus Lordie to Domenica Macdonald, but as the newlyweds depart on honeymoon Edinburgh is in disarray. Recovering from the trauma of being best man, Matthew is taken up by a...

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built #10

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built #10
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Botswana
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

It is a troublesome fact on which even Mma Ramotswe and her assistant Mma Makutsi agree: there are things that men know and ladies do not, and vice versa. It is unfortunate, for example, when Mma Ramotswe’s newest client...

Tears of the Giraffe

Tears of the Giraffe
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Botswana
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): 20th century

“The giraffe gives its tears to the women and they weave them into the basket. Why does the giraffe gives its tears? I suppose that it means that we can all give something. A giraffe has nothing else to...

The Importance of Being Seven

The Importance of Being Seven
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Humour
  • Era(s): Modern

Despite inhabiting a great city renowned for its impeccable restraint, the extended family of 44 Scotland Street is trembling on the brink of reckless self-indulgence. Matthew and Elspeth receive startling – and expensive – news on a visit to...

The Lost Art of Gratitude

The Lost Art of Gratitude
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Isabel Dalhousie, philosopher and amateur solver of other people’s problems, meets an old foe, Minty Auchterlonie, at a birthday party attended by their young children. Ambitious Minty, now the head of a small investment bank, is in trouble with...

The Sunday Philosophy Club

The Sunday Philosophy Club
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

For those of us who know Edinburgh, this is a wonderful book that takes the reader past all the familiar streets and shops, and this really gives pleasure. Isabel Dalhousie is an academic, and much given to musing about...

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