ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH is 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 at www.alexandermccallsmith.com.
"Poignant. . . . Readers can start here and feel the warmth of McCall Smith's wit, deft characterization, and overarching theme of kindness. However, if you read the series from the outset, you'll be treated to an astonishing view of changes in characters' lives, very much like a time-lapse video in book form." --Booklist (starred review) "Sense and humor fuse absolutely." --The Scotsman "McCall Smith is an engaging and a witty guide to the goings on (and comings off) at fictional 44 Scotland Street." --The Daily Express (London)