Search Results: "Alexander McCall Smith"


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Released: June 1, 1991

"A secondary purchase for children's use; a treasure trove for all those who value folk literature presented with respect and scrupulous care. (Folklore. 12+)"
One of two collections initiating the ``International Folk Tale'' series. Read full book review >

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A DISTANT VIEW OF EVERYTHING by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"'I have a tendency, I'm afraid, to think at a bit of a tangent,' the heroine confesses. Like-minded readers will fasten onto her latest plot-seasoned ruminations as manna from heaven."
Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie's cases (The Novel Habits of Happiness, 2015, etc.) keep getting slighter and slighter. But her exceptionally well-titled 11th may be the slenderest of them all. Read full book review >

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SUNSHINE ON SCOTLAND STREET by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A tighter focus on fewer characters than the earlier installments (Bertie Plays the Blues, 2013, etc.) doesn't pay off in additional depth or sharper conflict but generates more serial complications per capita for a crew that's endlessly open to adventures while remaining immitigably themselves."
An eighth season of charmingly featherweight escapades, moral dilemmas, and errors committed and corrected and sometimes simply brushed aside by the denizens of 44 Scotland St. and its Edinburgh environs. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 26, 2012

"Gently but invincibly obtuse, von Igelfeld is too much an elephantine cartoon to inspire the love readers have given Precious Ramotswe and Isabel Dalhousie."
Prolific McCall Smith, who's unaccountably neglected Professor Dr. Dr. (honoris causa) (mult.) Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld ever since the trilogy that ended with At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances (2004), presents five more adventures for the eminent but clueless philologist. Read full book review >

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THE LOST ART OF GRATITUDE by Alexander McCall Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

Inspired and encouraged by verses from W.H. Auden, Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie again confronts wickedness masquerading as mere crime. Read full book review >

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THE COMFORTS OF A MUDDY SATURDAY by Alexander McCall Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

"Another insubstantial yet deeply rooted paean to Isabel's status as an 'intermeddler' whose reasoning begins where other literary sleuths' ends."
Even more than her first four adventures, Isabel Dalhousie's fifth is a record of complications that constantly challenge her ethical faculties while charmingly failing to disturb her tranquility. Read full book review >

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LOVE OVER SCOTLAND by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"Irresistible stuff. As Antonia wonders of Domenica: 'Why did she bother going to the Malacca Straits when all this was going on downstairs?'"
The denizens of 44 Scotland Street (Espresso Tales, 2006, etc.) spread their wings in the third volume of their ever more far-flung adventures, originally published as 113 daily installments in The Scotsman.Read full book review >

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IN THE COMPANY OF CHEERFUL LADIES by Alexander McCall Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 19, 2005

"Smith maintains the most civilized standards in the annals of detective fiction. But now, for the first time, he plots as if he actually means it."
The finest hour yet for Botswana's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, which is tracking a defalcating Zambian financier even though it "preferred to deal with more domestic matters." Read full book review >

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MY ITALIAN BULLDOZER by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"McCall Smith knows how to concoct delightful fictions, but this one is undercooked."
McCall Smith (Chance Developments, 2016, etc.) adds to the overworked subgenre of Tuscan travel romance with this pallid story about a Scottish cookery writer recovering from his broken heart in Italy. Read full book review >

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EMMA by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"In less capable hands, it could all seem clunky and crass. Instead, McCall Smith has written a delightfully droll, thoughtful novel that reflects on money's enduring role in relationships as well as on the nature of this meddlesome heroine's long-lived appeal."
In the latest installment of the Austen Project, McCall Smith (The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe, 2014, etc.) catapults snobbish matchmaker Emma Woodhouse into the 21st century.Read full book review >

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THE MINOR ADJUSTMENT BEAUTY SALON by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A little slower-moving and more diffuse than many of the 13 preceding volumes in this celebrated series (The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, 2012, etc.), but it's no more than you'd expect from a heroine whose fleetness has never been as big a draw as her wisdom."
Two and a half new cases for Precious Ramotswe, who presides over the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Read full book review >

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WHAT W.H. AUDEN CAN DO FOR YOU by Alexander McCall Smith
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"A lovely yet overstretched article or essay topic; there's earnest enthusiasm aplenty but not enough else to support a full book."
A beloved author waxes poetic on an unlikely muse: the poet W.H. Auden. Read full book review >