Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the huge international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and The Sunday Philosophy Club series. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and was a law professor at the University of Botswana and at Edinburgh University. He lives in Scotland.
ea. vol: unabridged. Recorded Bks. 2005. f What one finds at 44 Scotland Street is a rooming house and a microcosm of Edinburgh society. Twenty-year-old Pat rents a room from handsome but vain Bruce for her second "gap" year. Precocious Bertie, pushed to excel by his overbearing mother, and crusty widow Domenica McDonald lease other spaces. There is also Matthew, the son of the owner of the art gallery where Pat finds employment as a receptionist. When a piece of art gets misappropriated, author Ian Rankin becomes involved in the sleuthing. This is Smith's best since the "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" series, and librarians will want to be sure to start their collection with the first title. Performer Robert Ian Mackenzie aptly portrays these Scots. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
The irresistible third entry to the 44 Scotland Street series picks up with the residents of 44 Scotland Street where Espresso Tales left off and is as addictive as any book McCall Smith has written. Anthropologist Domenica has flown off to the Straits of Malacca to study modern-day pirates. Back in Edinburgh, Pat moves from 44 Scotland Street and develops a crush on fellow art student Wolf, whose strange ways hint at a darker subplot that involves Pat's flatmate. Pat moves in with gallery owner Matthew, who struggles with both a sudden fortune and a yearning for Pat. Meanwhile, child prodigy saxophonist Bertie becomes a reluctant member of the Edinburgh Teenage Orchestra at age six and later, on a trip to Paris, finds himself wonderfully unsupervised. Poet/portrait painter Angus is tormented by the theft of his beloved dog Cyrus. The proceedings sparkle with McCall Smith's trademark wit ("It was not always fun being a child, just as it had not always been fun being a medieval Scottish saint"), proving once again, he's a true treasure. Illustrations by Iain McIntosh enliven the text. (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Praise for the 44 Scotland Street series:
"McCall Smith's assessments of fellow humans are piercing and profound. . . . [His] depictions of Edinburgh are vivid and seamless." -San Francisco Chronicle
"Irresistible. . . . Smith has rendered another winner, packed with the charming characters, piercing perceptions and shrewd yet generous humor that have become his cachet."