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* The third novel in Alexander McCall Smith's irresistibly charming series about the residents of 44 Scotland Street
McCall Smith is a Emeritus Professor of Medical Law as well as an author who has written over 50 books on a wide range of subjects: from Forensic Aspects of Sleep to The Criminal Law of Botswana, The Perfect Hamburger (children's fiction) to The 2 1/2 Pillars of Wisdom.
This fourth installment-following Love over Scotland-in New York Times best-selling author McCall Smith's (www.mccallsmith.com) "44 Scotland Street" series centers on a group of Edinburgh denizens' quirky and intriguing antics as seen through the eyes of a six-year-old boy. The book can stand alone, though listeners would benefit from meeting the characters earlier in the series. Actor/narrator Robert Ian Mackenzie's (Freddy and Fredericka) voice and delivery are wonderful; however, he could have done a better job distinguishing among the numerous characters. For mystery and audio collections in public libraries, especially those with previous McCall Smith titles.-Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
'It is McCall Smith's particular genius to be able to look on the brighter side of life, and he's seldom done so more enjoyably' THE SCOTSMAN 'A master storyteller . . . as warm and enjoyable as a very good soap opera' SUNDAY TIMES
In this latest installment of McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street series, Robert Ian Mackenzie portrays Bertie as the overly intelligent and articulate six-year-old that he is meant to be, but when Bertie is among his classmates Tofu, Hiawatha, Larch and Olive, Mackenzie is hard-pressed to individualize the children's voices. A similar problem arises as more and more women are added to the cast. Now that Domenica and Antonia are neighbors, their voices are almost as similar as their flats. Miss Harmony, Bertie's teacher, could be Antonia's twin sister. While Mackenzie has clearly run out of new voices, he does better with his male characters, especially with Angus's basso and Matthew's hesitant voice that matches his timid demeanor. Mackenzie keeps this enjoyable, lighthearted romp moving along quickly. An Anchor paperback (Reviews, June 30). (Nov.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.