Search Results: "Alexander McCall Smith"


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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 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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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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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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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 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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BERTIE PLAYS THE BLUES by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Even more lightweight and inconsequential than previous installments in its abrupt inflation and deflation of domestic dilemmas. Yet, the neighborhood's legion of fans will devour each chapter and be sorry when they've turned the last page."
Eighty more bite-sized chapters bring curious readers up to date on the latest doings at 44 Scotland Street and its Edinburgh environs (The Importance of Being Seven, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BERTIE by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"The best parts go to horrible Bruce, treasurable Bertie and Bertie's monstrous little schoolmate Olive. To be continued."
One hundred more slices of life from 44 Scotland Street and environs (Love Over Scotland, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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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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PORTUGUESE IRREGULAR VERBS by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"Like these lovable antiheroes of the past, von Igelfeld remains a gentle figure who deserves every cartoon anvil that falls on his head but retains his dignity and goodness throughout. (Illus. throughout with b&w block prints)"
First in the three cycles of stories introducing quietly hapless Prof. Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, of the Institute of Romance Philology. 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 >