The reviewer has been a long time reader of Alexander McCall Smiths various series- the #1 Ladies Detective Agency and the Sunday Philosophy Club and has very much appreciated the author’s dry humor and relatable characters.
A recent trip to Scotland inspired the reviewer to pick up, for the first time, one of the author’s long time running series “44 Scotland Street”. The reviewer learned that this is a serial novel which has been printed in episodes in “The Scotsman” newspaper for the last 10 years.
44 Scotland Street is a fictional address of an apartment building in Edinburgh which is peopled by characters such as Bertie- the child prodigy, Cyril-the dog with the gold tooth, Bruce- the narcissistic wine merchant and many others real and imagined.
The reviewer found the episodic format to be a relaxing read and discovering the series late in the game means they have been able to immerse themselves in the places they enjoyed on holiday. The reviewer feels that they have a whole new group of imaginary friends.