Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
44 Scotland Street, by Alexander McCall Smith
Smith wrote this book to be published as a serial in the The Scotsman over a six-month period. He introduces a moderate sized cast of characters who mostly live in an apartment building in a changing part of Edinburgh. Pat is taking a second gap year after college to find herself and shares an apartment with Bruce, who can't quite get over how attractive he is, and works for hapless Matthew, who owns an art gallery. Dominica, older and worldly, is a neighbor full of good advice. Bertie is a precocious 5 year old, being over parented by his mother Irene. Angus Lordie, a portrait painter, and Big Lou, a coffee bar owner, also play important roles. I think I could happily read more books in the series.