Search Results: "Alexander McCall Smith"


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CHANCE DEVELOPMENTS by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"In all these stories, love and goodness ultimately win out, but the charming details and bittersweet human cost are what resonate."
In these five long stories, McCall Smith (The Revolving Door of Life, 2016, etc.) imagines the worlds he has glimpsed in the black-and-white photographs he shares with the reader. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"Middling for Isabel's deliciously essayistic adventures (The Forgotten Affairs of Youth, 2011, etc.) among the moral conundrums posed by crime, romance and people you meet in shops."
Isabel Dalhousie's ninth case, if you can call it that, casts the editor and owner of the Review of Applied Ethics in her strangest role yet. 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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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 >