Summary

The 12th instalment in the beloved and perennially best-selling 44 Scotland Street series.
If only Pat Macgregor had an inkling of the embarrassment - romantic, professional, even aesthetic - that flowed from accepting narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce Anderson's invitation for coffee, she would never have said yes. And if only Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, hadn't wandered into his local bookshop and picked up a particular book at a particular time, he would never have knocked over his former English teacher or attracted the attentions of the police.
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 go off and study for a PhD in Aberdeen, change is coming to serial fiction's favourite street. But for three seven-year-old boys - Bertie Pollock, Ranald Braveheart Macpherson and Big Lou's foster son Finlay - it also means a getting a glimpse of perfect happiness.
Alexander McCall Smith's delightfully witty, wise and sometimes surreal comedy spirals out to include tennis-playing Rwandan Forest People, research into levitating Celtic saints, bogus headhunters in Papua New Guinea and primary school performances of Beckett. But its heart remains where it has always been true to life: love and laughter in Edinburgh's New Town.
©2017 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic reviews

"It is hard to think of a contemporary writer more genuinely engaging...[his] novels are also extremely funny: I find it impossible to think about them without smiling." ( Mail on Sunday)
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5 out of 5 stars
By pc on 05-07-18

Wonderful journey

I laughed, I cried and I pondered the awesome talent that is Alexander McCall Smith.
The author and the narrator are both superb story tellers.
Thank you.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gillian Hollis on 04-01-18

Another delightful Scotland street tale

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this delightful book - the reader was excellent- well done

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