A time of love and tartan

Alexander McCall Smith, 1948-

Book - 2018

"When Pat accepts her narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce's invitation for coffee, she has no idea of the complications in her romantic and professional life that will follow. Meanwhile, Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, attracts the attention of the police after a misunderstanding at the local bookstore. Whether caused by small things such as a cup of coffee and a book, or major events such as Stuart's application for promotion and his wife Irene's decision to pursue a PhD i...n Aberdeen, change is coming to Scotland Street. But for three seven-year-old boy--Bertie Pollock, Ranald, and Big Lou's foster son, Finlay--it also means getting a glimpse of perfect happiness."--

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Series
McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948- 44 Scotland Street series ; 12.
Subjects
Genres
Humorous fiction
Published
New York : Anchor Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC 2018.
Language
English
Item Description
"An Anchor Books original"--Title page verso.
"Originally published in hardcover in Great Britain by Polygon, an imprint of Birlinn Ltd., Edinburgh, in 2017"--Title page verso.
Physical Description
247 pages illustration ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780525436553
0525436553
9781635461848
1635461847
Main Author
Alexander McCall Smith, 1948- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Here is another charmer in the 44 Scotland Street series, which has been bubbling along merrily as a serial in The Scotsman and then in novel form for 12 years. Smith's turf here is Edinburgh, branching off from an apartment building at 44 Scotland Street, where the action first began, into other flats and houses as some of the characters moved out. But it's still the high-class tenement on Scotland Street in Edinburgh's New Town that holds the characters together, especially since it's the home of Bertie, a seven-year-old boy who serves as the heart and soul of the series, a boy with a tyrannical mother (overinvolved and overscheduling) who yearns to turn 18 and move to Glasgow, his ideal of freedom. This particular installment is an especially exciting one for fans of the series, as what's been brewing over the past few novels is now boiling over. Characters who seemed stuck come gloriously unstuck; one character who has sworn off an irresistibly handsome bad man falls under his spell again; characters take stock and take leave. This isn't the time to pay Scotland Street a visit for the first time. Too much depends on having watched the characters struggle and grow through the previous 11 novels. Longtime fans of this series, however, will find this latest a wow of an installment. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Smith's spirited 12th 44 Scotland Street novel (after 2017's The Bertie Project) sees the residents of Edinburgh's Scotland Street and their associates grapple with domestic problems great and small. Anthropologist Domenica Macdonald wonders about the viability of her marriage to artist Angus Lordie while preparing for a visit from Rwandan pygmies; government statistician Stuart Pollock faces intense competition for a promotion and a difficult wife with other priorities in Aberdeen; art gallery assistant Pat Macgregor finds it hard to shake an egotistical ex-boyfriend who has plans for her; and gallery owner Matthew Duncan deals with the fallout of an uncomfortable encounter with his former English teacher and the demands of his two-year-old triplets. Meanwhile, Stuart's seven-year-old son, Bertie, makes a significant discovery in Drummond Place Gardens and contends with his know-it-all classmate, Olive. Despite the lack of any mystery, fans of Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series will enjoy the stimulating and often comic company of Scotland Street's inviting neighbors. (Feb.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When Pat accepts her narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce’s invitation for coffee, she has no idea of the complications in her romantic and professional life that will follow; meanwhile, Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, attracts the attention of the police after a misunderstanding at the local bookstore. By the best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"The latest installment of Alexander McCall Smith's perennially popular and irresistibly charming 44 Scotland Street series. When Pat accepts her narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce's invitation for coffee, she has no idea of the complications in her romantic and professional life that will follow. Meanwhile, Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, attracts the attention of the police after a misunderstanding at the local bookstore. Whether caused by small things such as a cup of coffee and a book, or major events such as Stuart's application for promotion and his wife Irene's decision to pursue a PhD in Aberdeen, change is coming to Scotland Street. But for three seven-year-old boy--Bertie Pollock, Ranald, and Big Lou's foster son, Finlay--it also means getting a glimpse of perfect happiness. Alexander McCall Smith's delightfully witty, wise and sometimes surreal comedy spirals out in surprising ways in this new installment, but its heart remains where it has always been at the center of life in Edinburgh's New Town"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

When Pat accepts her narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruces invitation for coffee, she has no idea of the complications in her romantic and professional life that will follow; meanwhile, Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, attracts the attention of the police after a misunderstanding at the local bookstore.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The latest installment of Alexander McCall Smith's perennially popular and irresistibly charming 44 Scotland Street series.When Pat accepts her narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce's invitation for coffee, she has no idea of the complications in her romantic and professional life that will follow. Meanwhile, Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, attracts the attention of the police after a misunderstanding at the local bookstore.Whether caused by small things such as a cup of coffee and a book, or major events such as Stuart's application for promotion and his wife Irene's decision to pursue a PhD in Aberdeen, change is coming to Scotland Street. But for three seven-year-old boys--Bertie Pollock, Ranald, and Big Lou's foster son, Finlay--it also means getting a glimpse of perfect happiness.Alexander McCall Smith's delightfully witty, wise and sometimes surreal comedy spirals out in surprising ways in this new installment, but its heart remains where it has always been, at the center of life in Edinburgh's New Town.