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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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Always a pleasure.

The on going lives of these Scott's is an adventure. There is humor and surprise as they go forward. I can hardly wait to see how things work out. My blind neighbor and I listen together. We are waiting for #13 to arrive. We guess at what may happen next.

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Profound sad and funny

Astute commentator on contemporary issues. Hope we have heard the last of Irene and the next book will see Stuart happier

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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,

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

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44 Scotland

Please don’t stop Mr McCall or Mr McKenzie. I need to see Bertie grow up and see how Ulysses develops without Irene. I am glad that Stewart and Irene finally came to an understanding. I wish I could meet a “Stewart “.... I’d love Edinburg.... plan to go there in the future... on my “ bucket list”!

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Too much philosophy, not enough moving plot line

Having spent time in the Orkneys, I did adore chapters 39 and 40. However, overall, too much philosophy and not enough character throughline for my tastes in the early parts of the book. Also, the new au pair for Elspeth and Matthew's triplets is too unbelievable. But I do enjoy the series and will see it out.

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One of my favourite listening series

Absolutely love Robert Ian Mackenzie's narration. Love the characters, the storyline and bringsback good memories of Edinburgh