1. Everything I’ve read by McCall Smith is delightful, and full of humor and wisdom. I was amazed at how he could create two female characters, Mma R. and the Edinburgh woman from another series, who are both very true-to-life and yet so different from one another.

    I heard the author speak a few years ago. If you ever get the chance, it is worth the trouble and expense. He said then, “As you know, nothing happens in my books.” What happens is the warmest connection between author and reader, and among many humans, both fictional and real.

    • hopeistheword

      What a treat to hear this author speak! I can only imagine how engaging and warm and witty he would be.

      You are so right about the connections–I couldn’t have said it any better. 🙂

  2. Well, I’m very glad to read your review of it. Maybe I should try it again. I just didn’t get it at all but lots of people I know and respect absolutely love the series.

    I didn’t know it was made into a television series! That’s quite interesting. If you ever see it – you should do a guest Books on Screen post at 5M4B!

  3. The HBO series is wonderful! We don’t have that channel so we had to wait for the dvd to come out. (And I love the books!) The TV series is clean, and humorous, and entertaining – so HBO will probably not renew it. But we bought the dvd’s and my husband and children and I enjoyed them and agreed they were worth buying.

  4. When I first read The #1 Detective Agency it was not what I expected, but I kept reading them and have grown to enjoy them . This has led me to read the other books by Alexander McCall Smith and his 44 Scotland Street Series are by far my favorite.

  5. I’m with Carrie (and I”ll have to email her now to compare notes). I didn’t get it. That’s surprising because I’m not one to require action, but I kept waiting for something to happen. Maybe I was waiting to love the characters. I actually read the first 2 or 3 at least.

  6. I read the first of this series, and I did enjoy it very much. I found it quite funny, and I definitely agree about the beauty of the writing. I didn’t continue with the series, though. Perhaps I’ll have to pick some more up this summer.

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