Love Over Scotland
Alexander McCall Smith
Anchor, 2007 (2007)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
ove Over Scotland
is a grand title for a grand new book, third in Alexander McCall Smith's
44 Scotland Street
series. In it, the ongoing saga of the residents of 44 Scotland Street continues to beguile and entertain readers.
omenica travels to Malacca on an anthropological quest to study pirates. Little Bertie dazzles Paris with his street busking, playing
As Time Goes By
on a borrowed saxophone. His mother Irene continues in her controlling ways, driving Bertie and his father to distraction. Pat falls for Wolfe only to have her hopes dashed. Matthew is the lucky one here - financially as well as romantically. Angus disgraces himself at a dinner party, but his dog Cyril returns. Big Lou is in for a surprise.
harming, whimsical, uplifting, and just pure fun, Smith's books are full of the kind of pondering one might do in deep discussion with a good friend. Profound utterances abound – so much so that one must stop enjoying the story and cogitate on what has just been said. These occurrences do not crack the storyline, however, but rather enhance it. Subject matter includes the merits of various forms of olive oil, the nature of moral duty, the principles of flight, and our human search for happiness.
s in his
Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency
series, Smith seems to enjoy writing of everyday life and the people involved. He finds the good in most of his characters, though a few tend to show some bad tendencies. He usually brings them around one way or another – as he does with Eddie in
Love Over Scotland
. Don't miss this one. Write on, Mr. Smith. Please.
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