The story revolves around the comings and goings at No. 44 Scotland Street, a fictitious building in a real street in Edinburgh. Immediately recognisable are the Edinburgh chartered surveyor, stalwart of the Conservative Association, who dreams of membership of Scotland's most exclusive golf club. We have the pushy Stockbridge mother, and her prodigiously talented five-year-old son, who is making good progress with the saxophone and with his Italian. Then there is Domenica Macdonald who is that type of Edinburgh lady who sees herself as a citizen of a broader intellectual world. In McCall Smith's hands such characters retain charm and novelty, simultaneously arousing both mirth and empathy. 44 Scotland Street is vintage McCall Smith, tackling issues of trust and honesty, snobbery and hypocrisy, love and loss, but all with great lightness of touch. Clever, elegant and funny, this is a novel that provides huge entertainment but which is underpinned by the moral dilemmas of everyday life and the characters' struggles to resolve them.
©2005 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2011 Hachette Digital
A great book if you are looking for a gentle read. The book is full of interesting characters, subtly and amusingly portrayed - with hints of the completely absurd, which just add to the fun. I can't wait to read/listen to the next one!
Modern classic! Gentle, whimsical and very compelling. Such a fun book full of great observations! Really liked the narrator, the voice can make it break the book but Hillary was an excellent choice. Loved no1 ladies detective agency and think I'm going to love this series just as much, have ordered the next one already!
Tracey Hoy Author of Black Irish, Rhuddlan, Conwy, Pádraig, Galen's Child, Lilláen of the Lake, What Brainstem? Cadwy's Haircut...
Wonderfully quirky tale of everyday life in Edinburgh with remarkably well-drawn characters and fine narrating.
I have read quite a few lady detective stories and enjoyed them. I have also heard audio books of them. They are a very gentle pace and interesting but this story bored my socks off! I'm still struggling to get to the end. I might give up.
No - boring! It could be that the narrator is boring. Everybody's voice is the same. Every emotion is expressed in the same tone. The book goes on a bit too so difficult to tell.
Fine characterisation by Hilary Neville helps make this a very pleasing and entertaining audio book, with a varied and interesting cast of individuals.
Don't know if it's due to the story, writing style or narrator (with no distinction between characters), but this has been the most mind-numbingly boring book I've spent time with! I ended up using it as a bedtime soother to drop off to, and as a result "finished" it countless times.
Can't remember as I started it so long ago, but I just hope it was some kind of freebie!
For me it lacked the liveliness of The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. And I also found it incomplete.
I felt it lacked a point.
Good, clear, easy
It's well written
Perhaps it's just not for me.
I thoroughly enjoyed all the description of their lives it was so interesting and amusing - I fell asleep with a smile on my face and slept well :)
getting to the point quicker - it rambled on and on about nothing of importance
cut out at least 50 chapters. Created characters that had at least some redeeming qualities - they were all vapid, boring , self obsessed and insipid.
she did a great job considering how little she had to work with
completely mis represented in the reviews. Did these people actually listen to this drivel??
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