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Publisher's Summary

To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose; it is summer in Scotland Street (as it always is) and for the habitués of Edinburgh's favourite street, some extraordinary adventures lie in waiting.

For the impossibly vain Bruce Anderson - he of the clove-scented hair gel - it may finally be time to settle down, and surely it can only be a question of picking the lucky winner from the hordes of his admirers. The Duke of Johannesburg is keen to take his flight of fancy, a microlite seaplane, from the drawing board to the skies. Big Lou is delighted to discover that her young foster son has a surprising gift for dance but she is faced with big decisions to make on his and her futures. And with Irene now away to pursue her research in Aberdeen, her husband, Stuart, and infinitely long-suffering son, Bertie, are free to play. Stuart rekindles an old friendship over peppermint tea whilst Bertie and his friend Ranald Braveheart Macpherson get more than they bargained for from their trip to the circus. And that's just the start....

Take a few minutes to relax with a cup of tea of your favourite tea and savour the affairs of the world in microcosm, teeming with life's loves and challenges. Little dramas writ large by the master chronicler of modern life and manners. 

©2019 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2019 Recorded Books

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OK, maybe this series is getting old to me

The headline says it all. The book is well written. The narration is superb. Characters from previous books make their appearances and do their accustomed thing. To me, though, this addition to the series fell flat. Only one of the many plot lines moved forward significantly. Also, Bertie's female classmates are depicted throughout in one dreary dimension. They are heartless nagging bullies.So extreme are they that they made me wonder: why so? I've enjoyed dozens of this author's works. This is the first one that made me wonder if the author has a streak of misogyny. Nonetheless, I would rather have a new McCall Smith book than not.

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Disappointing

This series has introduced many interesting characters in usually longer books. This one brings most back without sufficient development, but for the excessive philosophizing of the artist. It reminds me of the agonizing Dalhousie series. I really read these for the remarkable Bertie. The excellent narrator saves the book.

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Up to his usual tricks

Of all Mr Smiths efforts "44 Scotland St” is my favorite. Everyones life moves forward a click or two in this one. Throughly entertaining. Superb reading

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Like slipping on a pair of cozy slippers

I relish each installment of this series as a comforting, thoughtful and amusing visit to now familiar, beloved characters in their little slice of Edinburgh.

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The best one yet!

Such a tender and happy tale about people one comes to know and love.
A favorite.

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No plot; little substance.

I kept hanging in there waiting for a plot but none emerged. If you are looking for a book without substance this will do. I think the author has potential for greatness but only afte he finds a story.

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No more Irene I think

The narrative was good as usual. The story is a little slower than normal. The characters such as Bruce need to more than one-dimensional. The life of a seven-year-old is more adventurous than most adults.

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Another gem

Another wonderful installment in this treasure of a series! The characters feel like old friends at this point, and the Edinburgh feels like a familiar and beloved place. And the perfect narrator, who makes the stories even better! Thank you to all for bringing this place of goodness, humor, and decency to our sometimes grim world!

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A “Feel Good” story

Enjoyed this audible book very much. This was the first “Peppermint Tea Chronicles” BUT not my last.

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Sweet, delightful, endearing.

I love , love, love the use of the English language when done so splendidly and hearing it spoken thusly delights my heart. As for the Chronicles themselves, sweetly profound, as this author does so well. I'll have another "cup", if you would be so kind. Please and Thank you.😍