Search Results: "Alexander McCall Smith"


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A CONSPIRACY OF FRIENDS by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2012

"This third volume of Chekhovian soap opera is every bit as addictive as the first two. Fans will be sad to see any of the plots tied up, even by happy endings, and hope for more complications next season."
The third installment in a series concerning the denizens of London's Corduroy Mansions. Read full book review >

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THE LIMPOPO ACADEMY OF PRIVATE DETECTION by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2012

"Longer but not better than the 12 earlier accounts of the Agency. Few fans, however, will want to miss the byplay between Mma Ramotswe and her revered mentor."
Three relatively ordinary cases for Botswana's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency are complicated by an altogether-extraordinary meeting. Read full book review >

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THE CHARMING QUIRKS OF OTHERS by Alexander McCall Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"A powerful demonstration of Smith's ability to dramatize the ways everyday situations spawn the ethical dilemmas that keep philosophers in business."
Edinburgh moral philosopher Isabel Dalhousie's seventh round of adventures among ethical conundrums (The Lost Art of Gratitude, 2009, etc.) marks her finest hour to date. Read full book review >

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Released: June 21, 2011

"Like Henry James, Smith clearly believes that relations stop nowhere; unlike James, he seems determined to trace every single one of them to its vanishing point."
Seventy-eight more slices of low-key comedy, originally serialized in the Daily Telegraph, concerning the denizens of Pimlico's Corduroy Mansions and their lovers, friends and unavoidable relatives. 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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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 MYSTERY OF THE MISSING LION by Alexander McCall Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Precious' keen sense of right and wrong will inspire readers; her powers of observation may inspire budding detectives. (Mystery. 7-11)"
Young Precious Ramotswe again shows why she eventually grows up to be the founder of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Read full book review >

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THE LOST ART OF GRATITUDE by Alexander McCall Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"The first American publication of this 1999 debut has been preceded by two special Booker citations and two sequels, Tears of the Giraffe (2000) and Morality for Beautiful Girls (2001), both forthcoming in the series."
Botswana's only female detective, Precious Ramotswe—whose investigation of whether the father who's incontinently turned up on the doorstep of Happy Bapetsi, who's been getting along fine without him, is really her father edges her toward considerably darker waters—isn't just ready to confront everything from theft to kidnapping to murder: she's ready for prime time. Read full book review >

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THE KALAHARI TYPING SCHOOL FOR MEN by Alexander McCall Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 29, 2003

"Readers who haven't yet discovered Mma Ramotswe will enjoy discovering how her quiet humor, understated observation, and resolutely domestic approach to detection promise to put Botswana on the sleuthing map for good."
It's a good thing that Precious Ramotswe (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, 2001, etc.) has consolidated the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency in anticipation of consolidating her personal life—moving its headquarters back of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, the establishment owned by Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, her fiancé—because the not-so-mean streets of Gaborone are teeming with problems only she can solve. Mr. Molofelo, a prosperous civil engineer from Lobatse, throws himself on her as a confessor, then asks her to find two women he wronged when he was a young man years ago: Tebogo Bathopi, the nursing student whom he insisted have the abortion he made necessary, and Mma Tsolamosese, the landlady whose radio he stole in order to finance the abortion. 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 >