I like the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, but I find I enjoy the author's other works even more. It's fast-moving, charming, absolutely right on with human foibles and Edinburgh city life and odd roommates.
This is the full length publication of a serialized novel that Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith wrote for his local paper in Edinburgh. There is, or will be, a sequel. The story line follows the interconnected lives of the occupants of the title address, and their various friends, through relationships, jobs, personal problems, and the like. There is narcissistic Bruce and his roommate Pat, a young woman taking her second year off from university to work in an art gallery; the lively older woman Domenica who knows everybody; and little Bertie, a five-year-old whose Mum is pushing him right past childhood into Italian lessons and the saxophone. This is charming, as all Smith's work is, and a light, easy read.
I just loved all of the people in this book. The second book is great too! The second in the series in Expresso Tales, and in Jan 08 there is a third. This book came from small stories in a Scottish paper. The stories became so popular, he decided to put them together into a book. I love all the characters have little quirks and they make for very intersting reads
Love triangles, a lost painting, intriguing new friends and an encounter with a famous Scottich crime writer are just a few of the things that add to this delightful and witty portrait of Edinburgh society.
A book originally written as a daily serial for the Scotsman Journal, AMS chronicles the daily life of Edinburgh residents. The book is whimsical, and full of humor. It does deal with a few mature situations. A fun read, but not at the level of his wonderful No. 1 Ladies Detective series.
I loved the 1st Ladies Detective series and was anxious to read more from this author. This book started out okay but took a lot of rabbit trails causing the reader to be able to lay it down and not care if they picked it back up or not. I realize this was originally written for newspaper and in short chapters but it still could have been more interesting and stayed with some of the character more and deleted some of the less interesting characters completely.
This story was okay, but not nearly as good in my opinion as his series about Precious Ramwotse, although it did get more interesting as it progressed. There are a lot of characters to keep track of and very few of any worth. That's my opinion, anyway.
I was just beginning to get interested in some of the characters towards the end of this book. Some of them are just not that likable. I'm assuming there is a sequel because it just seemed to need one.
I enjoyed listening to this serial novel, read nicely in all the Scottish accents by Ian Mackenzie. It is not a story of excitement or adventure, just daily lives and human insights - but for me interesting nevertheless.
This is no Ladies Detective Agency, but it is a really interesting insight into modern Edinburgh. Originally published as a serial in "The Scotsman" newspaper, this feels like a serial, but a very intriguing one. I'd recommend it for novices in modern Scottish literature, and I imagine it'd be a fun read for actual Scots, as well.
Reading the #1 Detective Agency books is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, as I'm not sure if I ought to be reading about a Botswanian woman detective written by a male Scotsman. However, 44 Scotland Street has a lot of the same charm and feels guilt free.
Another series by McCall Smith about an address and building and the people who live there. As usual the characters are well drawn and filled out making you want to know more about them and what they'll be getting up to next. I like him as a writer and would recommend this series.
I so very much enjoyed this book! Once I had read the author's preface I wondered if the book would be too choppy since it had originally been a serialized story in a daily newspaper. Instead of finding it too choppy, I found it addicting - each little chapter pulled me along to the next. It was so hard to put the book down to go to bed! I wanted, no HAD, to know what happened next in these people's lives! While one minor little mystery is solved in the day-to-day lives of some of the characters, there are others that aren't resolved, specifically Bernie (Poor, poor Bernie! Totally at the mercy of his mother!) and Bruce (Will he get the comeuppance he deserves??) Seriously, this is a book that I highly recommend - I know I'll be rereading it in the future and I'm so glad I have the 2nd in the series, so I can immediately start on it...