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Alexander McCall Smith is also the author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He lives in Scotland. Visit him at www.alexandermccallsmith.com.

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"McCall Smith is by turns hilarious at capturing foibles and meditative about the huge role chance and the plots of others play in our lives. Fascinating fare. How can a writer as prolific as McCall Smith continue to be so popular? Ask his millions of fans, who will be waiting in line for this one." --"Booklist "(starred) "Teeming with charm, this confection takes its cue from Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City" . . . There are as many plots in this genial, satisfying narrative as there are characters, and it's a testament to Smith's gifts as a storyteller that he's able to bind the whole together with such a slender narrative thread. His ample humor and grace helps." --"Publishers Weekly "(starred review) "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." --"Kirkus Reviews" PRAISE FOR THE CORDUROY MANSIONS SERIES "[Here is a] wonderful world of realistic characters getting up to real mischief in McCall Smith's velvety prose and vivid imagination." --"USA Today" "McCall Smith is a writer of such fond, heartfelt geniality that fans will be grateful that the series has just begun." --"Entertainment Weekly" "McCall Smith cooks up a delicious story that seems part Restoration comedy and part Victorian novel, tossed with a dash of mystery and a dollop of satire . . . Comfortable, easy, homey." --"The Washington Post" "McCall Smith's generous writing and dry humor, his gentleness and humanity, and his ability to evoke a place and a set of characters without caricature or condescension have endeared his books to readers." --"The New York Times" "Teeming with charm, this confection takes its cue from Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City" . . . There are as many plots in this genial, satisfying narrative as there are characters, and it's a testament to Smith's gifts as a storyteller that he's able to bind the whole together with such a slender narrative thread. His ample humor and grace helps." --"Publishers Weekly "(starred review) "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." --"Kirkus Reviews" PRAISE FOR THE CORDUROY MANSIONS SERIES "[Here is a] wonderful world of realistic characters get- ting up to real mischief in McCall Smith's velvety prose and vivid imagination." --"USA Today" "McCall Smith is a writer of such fond, heartfelt geniality that fans will be grateful that the series has just begun." --"Entertainment Weekly" "McCall Smith cooks up a delicious story that seems part Restoration comedy and part Victorian novel, tossed with a dash of mystery and a dollop of satire . . . Comfortable, easy, homey." --"The Washington Post" "McCall Smith's generous writing and dry humor, his gentleness and humanity, and his ability to evoke a place and a set of characters without caricature or condescension have endeared his books to readers." --"The New York Times" PRAISE FOR THE CORDUROY MANSIONS SERIES "[Here is a] wonderful world of realistic characters get- ting up to real mischief in McCall Smith's velvety prose and vivid imagination." --"USA Today" "McCall Smith is a writer of such fond, heartfelt geniality that fans will be grateful that the series has just begun." --"Entertainment Weekly" "McCall Smith cooks up a delicious story that seems part Restoration comedy and part Victorian novel, tossed with a dash of mystery and a dollop of satire . . . Comfortable, easy, homey." --"The Washington Post" "McCall Smith's generous writing and dry humor, his gentleness and humanity, and his ability to evoke a place and a set of characters without caricature or condescension have endeared his books to readers." --"The New York Times"

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