Love triangles, a lost painting, intriguing new friends, and an encounter with a famous Scottish crime writer are just a few of the ingredients that add to this delightful and witty portrait of Edinburgh society, which was first published as a serial in The Scotsman newspaper.
Full of McCall Smith’s gentle humor and sympathy for his characters, Espresso Tales is also an affectionate portrait of a city and its people who, in the author’s own words, “make it one of the most vibrant and interesting places in the world.”
This just in from Edinburgh: the complicated lives of the denizens of 44 Scotland Street are becoming no simpler. Domenica Macdonald has left for the Malacca Straits to conduct a perilous anthropological study of pirate households. Angus Lordie’s dog, Cyril, has been stolen, and is facing an uncertain future wandering the streets. Bertie, the prodigiously talented six-year-old, is still enduring psychotherapy, but his burden is lightened by a junior orchestra's trip to Paris, where he makes some interesting new friends. Back in Edinburgh, there is romance for Pat with a handsome young man called Wolf, until she begins to see the attractions of the more prosaically named Matthew.
Teeming with McCall Smith’s wonderful wit and charming depictions of Edinburgh, Love Over Scotland is another beautiful ode to a city and its people that continue to fascinate this astounding author.
Beautifully observed, cleverly detailed, The World According to Bertie is classic McCall Smith and a treat for his avid fans as well as his first time readers.
In the space of twenty-four hours, Jody has quit her dead-end job as a waitress at Dean's Ocean Galley, dumped her two-timing boyfriend (after catching him in the shower with her cousin!), and set out to jump-start her stalled twenty-something existence. Unfortunately, both jobs and men are scarce in the small seaside town of Bent Harbor, so Jody quickly finds herself single, homeless, and unemployed--just in time for her ten-year high school reunion!
Nobody seems to know what Jody should do with her life. Not her hookup-happy best friend. Not her psycho not-so-secret admirer. Not her amiable pothead brother. Not even her loving-but-unsupportive parents, who have already turned her childhood bedroom into a cozy arts-and-crafts studio. And least of all Jody, who can't understand how all her dreams have gone so wrong.
With no prospects, romantic or otherwise, on the horizon, can Jody somehow manage to turn her life around--before she goes completely out of her mind?
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What do you get when you combine a mother, a wife, and a friend, with a helping of humor, a smidgen of self-help and a dash of dead-on wisdom? You get Shirley, a woman just like you: looking for answers, trying to stretch the 24-hour-day a little bit longer, and constantly seeking to better herself, even when her 'self' is just fine how it is. Now, in this hilarious, home-hitting new series, you can follow Shirley through the adventure that is daily life-and you just might learn a few things about yourself along the way...
CHECK THE LOST AND FOUND, MY MIND IS MISSING!
The holiday season is approaching and, despite the endless airing of It's a Wonderful Life, Shirley's life seems anything but wonderful. As usual, she's spread herself way too thin-between Christmas shopping, her kids' recitals, her husband's office party and her work-and she's feeling thick enough to fill out Santa's suit. But a few angels-including those in her very own family-go a long way to remind Shirley what Christmas is all about...and that the best presents are the ones that can't be wrapped.
IN MY QUEST FOR PERSONAL GROWTH, THE REST OF ME GREW, TOO!
Shirley is dreading Mother's Day almost as much as she loathes hauling her very pregnant body to her son's school to be his show-and-tell exhibit. But when she makes a new friend, who gives her a crash course in Life 101, Shirley views Mother's Day in a whole new light, and--even if her husband forgets to send her flowers and her mother-in-law gives her a copy of Lose the Baby Fat Before the Kid is in Kindergarten--Shirley grows to realize that she is truly blessed.
In this first installment, Isabel is attending a concert in the Usher Hall when she witnesses a man fall from the upper balcony. Isabel can’t help wondering whether it was the result of mischance or mischief. Against the best advice of her no-nonsense housekeeper Grace, her bassoon playing friend Jamie, and even her romantically challenged niece Cat, she is morally bound to solve this case. Complete with wonderful Edinburgh atmosphere and characters straight out of a Robert Burns poem, The Sunday Philosophy Club is a delightful treat from one of our most beloved authors.
Knots and Crosses introduces gifted mystery novelist Ian Rankin, a fascinating locale and the most compellingly complex detective hero at work today.