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44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
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Mar 17, 2011

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This book, by Alexander McCall Smith, turned out to be much better than those of 'No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency' series.

This books was first published as a serialized novel in the newspaper 'The Scotsman'. This ensure the story is eventful as eventfulness is essential to engage interest in a serial. Also, you have to leave the reader looking forward for more in the next chapter.

This is an out and out Scottish novel - characters live in 44 Scotland Street. Pat is a twenty year old in her second year who shares her apartment with narcissistic Bruce, a surveyor by profession and who is, as he puts it, between girlfriends. Then there is Bruce's boss Todd who has a daughter Lizzy who is almost anti-social and seems to hate almost everyone, chiefly her parents.

Pat doesn't like Bruce, yet seems to be falling for him. Her only friend seems to be an elderly anthropologist lady Domenica McDonald who always has interesting stories to tell. Her boss Mathew, a drifter himself, seems to be falling for her too.

At the end of the book, most characters are at crossroads and it is next book that'll reveal their destinies.

Interesting, informative and amusing. Look forward to read second.

P.S: Btw, Ian Rakin features as himself in the book.
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