ALEXANDER McCALL SMITHis the author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions 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 was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and was a law professor at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland.Visit his website atwww.alexandermccallsmith.com. "
"[McCall Smith] returns with a new cast of characters to love . . . fans will be grateful that the series has just begun. A-" Entertainment Weekly "Filled with charming eccentrics . . . McCall Smith, a master of weaving the many strands of his complex stories together, does so here with supreme virtuosity." The Washington Post The indefatigable Scotsman's latest exercise in grace and good manners . . . McCall Smith is the P.G. Wodehouse of our time, and we should be grateful for his prolificacy." Richmond Times-Dispatch "As ever, McCall Smith is droll, philosophical, full of original insights, and above all, entertaining." BookreporterPraise from the United Kingdom Quirky and original . . . Told with warmth, wit and intelligence, and McCall Smith s cast of characters are beautifully observed. It s a page-turner with many happy endings. Perfect. Daily Express The author s gentle humor and playful teasing-out of moral dilemmas great and small are there in abundance. The Scotsman [Full] of warmth and wisdom and easy, accomplished writing that begs for a comfy chair. The Times (London) The seriousness is always sugar-dusted in McCall Smith s delight in the ridiculous and his perfectly paced humour. The Daily Telegraph From the Hardcover edition."