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44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
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Sep 20, 2010

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If the rest of this series continues at the same level as the opener, Scotland might just have its own version of Ireland's Maeve Binchy.

44 Scotland Street follows around a group of characters in their everyday lives and shows the good, the bad, and the ugly. The writing falls somewhere between the overly somber early Binchy and the overly optimistic late Binchy and has yet to prove its staying power, though I suspect that will not be an issue in the long run.

Here is the Barnes and Noble synopsis:
Author Alexander McCall Smith became a worldwide sensation with his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. His award-winning wit is fully on display in this charming work. Here, in delightfully authentic sketches, are all the archetypes of Edinburgh society. There is the surveyor who dreams of a membership in Muirfield golf club. There is the pushy Stockbridge mother. There is the intellectual lady who sees herself as part of a much larger world. These characters and more confront issues of trust, love, and loss.

I look forward to reading more of the series to see if it lives up to the first book.
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