Alexander McCall Smith is also the author of the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland.
"Delightful . . . The warm humanity infused throughout [McCall Smith's] novels . . . is what beings readers back . . . There is a simplicity and lyricism in [the] language that brings out the profound importance of . . . everyday revelations." -"San Francisco Chronicle ""Witty, charming and a delight . . . Wonderfully entertaining." -"Tucson Citizen ""A literary confection of gossamer deliciousness . . . There is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these books." -Janet Malcolm, "The New York Times Book Review ""Beautiful in spirit . . . Botswana and its way of life are described in exquisite detail . . . Delightful . . . Positively uplifting." -"Winston-Salem Journal ""Enthralling . . . [Mma Ramotswe] is someone readers can't help but love." -"USA Today "