With his characteristic warmth, inventiveness and brilliant wit,
Alexander McCall Smith gives us more of the gloriously entertaining
comings and goings at 44 Scotland Street, the Edinburgh townhouse.
Six-year-old prodigy Bertie perseveres in his heroic struggle for
truth and balanced good sense against his insufferable mother and
her crony, the psychotherapist Dr Fairbairn, going as far as to
make a short-lived bid for freedom on a trip to Paris with the
Edinburgh youth orchestra. Domenica sets off on an anthropological
odyssey with pirates in the Malacca Straits, while Pat attracts
several handsome admirers, including a toothsome suitor named Wolf.
And Big Lou, eternal source of coffee and good advice to her
friends, has love, heartbreak and erstwhile boyfriend Eddie’s
misdemeanours on her own mind.