Search Results: "Alexander McCall Smith"


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THE NOVEL HABITS OF HAPPINESS by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"The woolliest of Isabel's ten appearances to date and the one that makes the most decided case for the mental digression as a structural principle."
More felony-free mystery for Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie (The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds, 2012, etc.), for whom all the world is one moral conundrum after another.Read full book review >

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TRAINS AND LOVERS by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 2013

"A warmhearted, understated serving of comfort food."
Four strangers sharing a railway carriage from Edinburgh to London recall their very different experiences of love in this stand-alone from McCall Smith (Unusual Uses for Olive Oil, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE BERTIE PROJECT by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Even woolier than earlier installments—two characters following a third suspected of adultery discuss the propriety of 'alright' versus 'all right,' and another regular's fall from an upper-story window is accompanied by a summary of notable Scottish defenestrations—but just as affecting in its slow-burning way."
Forbidden love blooms at 44 Scotland St. (The Revolving Door of Life, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE OF UNEXPECTED SISTERS by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Though the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency increasingly feels more like a therapy group than a commercial enterprise, there's no denying the slow-burning power of its revelations in this 18th installment."
A deceptively slow opening movement ushers in one of the most complicated dockets ever for the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Read full book review >

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THE FULL CUPBOARD OF LIFE by Alexander McCall Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 20, 2004

"As usual in this enchanting series, Mma Ramotswe provides less detection than advice, and wise advice it turns out to be, even when her clients decline to take it."
Another charmingly gossamer mystery for Botswana's premier detective. Read full book review >

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PRECIOUS AND GRACE by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"The result is a gossamer web that feels miscellaneous even by the loose standards of this celebrated franchise. More than ever, the rewards are local and properly humble, as in every moment experience and wisdom triumph over the blinkered clichés they regularly confront."
Three new problems, only one involving an actual client, for the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"Another charming demonstration that it's better to travel hopefully than to arrive—a motto that might stand for every soap opera ever written."
85 more snapshots of the tenants of 44 Scotland Street and their friends and lovers. Read full book review >

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THE FINER POINTS OF SAUSAGE DOGS by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"Only two flaws mar Smith's delicate comedy: The 50-page 'Father Christmas' lacks the shorter adventures' light touch, and we never do get to hear the complete text of either of von Igelfeld's crucial lectures. (Illus. throughout with b&w block prints)"
Prof. Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld's second volume of adventures is bookended by a pair of memorable lectures and a pair of his own obituaries. Read full book review >

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THE SUNDAY PHILOSOPHY CLUB by Alexander McCall Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 28, 2004

Smith puts the chronicles of Botswana's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency on hold to explore an equally civilized Edinburgh criminal scene that Ian Rankin's DI John Rebus would never recognize. Read full book review >

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THE DOUBLE COMFORT SAFARI CLUB by Alexander McCall Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 20, 2010

"All these problems are solved with Mma Ramotswe's customary grace and wisdom, though it would take a sharp reader to see which of them will prove the most intransigent."
Mma Precious Ramotswe's 11th full cupboard of cases takes her from her office in Gaborone into a safari camp to track down the elusive heir to an unexpected legacy. 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 >