Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world's most prolific and most popular authors. For many years he was a professor of Medical Law, then, after the publication of his highly successful No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty-five million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over forty-six languages and become bestsellers throughout the world. These include the 44 Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in The Scotsman, the Isabel Dalhousie novels, the Von Igelfeld series and the Corduroy Mansions novels.
'McCall Smith's generous writing and dry humour, 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 'All you can eat platter of humour ... once again McCall Smith doles out an appropriately extra-large helping of fun' - Scotland on Sunday 'A scrumptious, joyous read, stuffed full of sharp wit, laugh out loud frolics and gentle soothing compassion - Completely charming, this is a little gem of a book and an absolute pleasure to read' - Lovereading 'Delicious' - Scottish Field