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Publisher's Summary

The latest installment of Alexander McCall Smith's perennially popular and irresistibly charming 44 Scotland Street series.

When Pat accepts her narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce's invitation for coffee, she has no idea of the complications in her romantic and professional life that will follow. Meanwhile, Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, attracts the attention of the police after a misunderstanding at the local bookstore.

Whether caused by small things such as a cup of coffee and a book, or major events such as Stuart's application for promotion and his wife Irene's decision to pursue a PhD in Aberdeen, change is coming to Scotland Street. But for three seven-year-old boys - Bertie Pollock, Ranald, and Big Lou's foster son, Finlay - it also means getting a glimpse of perfect happiness.

Alexander McCall Smith's delightfully witty, wise and sometimes surreal comedy spirals out in surprising ways in this new installment, but its heart remains where it has always been at the center of life in Edinburgh's New Town.

©2018 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2018 Recorded Books

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love this series

couldn't stop listening. read the entire book in one day. as enjoyable as always -- I'm already waiting for the next installment.

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So enjoyable

If you’ve never listen to an Alexander McCall Smith book you’re in for a treat. Mr. Smith has a way of taking you and your mind to beautiful places, simpler places, that make you feel happy. There are many life lessons in each of his books but nothing that is in your face or preachy. Of all of the series, 44 Scotland St. is by far my Favorite followed closely by the number one ladies detective agency. I can’t imagine a more enjoyable way to pass the time while driving a long distance then to listen to one of his books.

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Satisfying conclusion for Bertie's story

I liked that Bertie is not let down in the conclusion. Wish it were longer.

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Another excellent AMcS 44 Scotland Street

I loved the turn of events that promise to bring new adventures in the next series.

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I ♡ that Stuart was developed as a character more!

I love that Stuart was developed more as a character and the plot thickens with Matthew & family

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Mixed, maybe tired, <br />

but good, strong finish (esp. of Irene) and the start of new life for BERTIE!!!

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I love this series!

I want to live on Scotland Street and also listen to other books narrated by Ian Robert Mackenzie.

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Cheerful and Relaxing

Reading Alexander McCall Smith makes me calm and happy. I love his humor and wit along with knowing characters who are frustrating, sweet, obnoxious or funny.

Thank you, Mr. Smith and Mr. Mackenzie.

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Narrator error

I love the stories, but unfortunately, toward the end of this book the narrator began to mix the pronouns he and she. He constantly said he said when he should have said she said. He did this starting with Pat, and also with the following female character, I think it was Libby? It was the friend of Domenica who was cohosting the pygmies. I believe he further confused the he and she pronouns later in the book as well. This was really very distracting, and it was a little hard to keep track of who was speaking.

Other than that, the story was typically heartwarming and worth the confused pronouns!

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They Never Disappoint

This is my favorite AMS series. I try to avoid spoilers, so let's just say that this "episode" of Scotland Street is another good one. As regular readers already know, the Danish au pares are gone, Angus and Domenica are together, Bertie still soldiers on in the face of oppressive political correctness (so glad Olympia, WA, USA isn't the only place that is over the top with PC), and Alexander McCall Smith can still compose a story made up mostly of just every day conversations interspersed with unusual and sometimes bizarre meetings and situations that evoke so many feelings in the reader... for me, especially, laughter.