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From the beloved author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series comes a delightful compendium of very short fiction and comics that celebrate the joy and absurdity of the human experience. 

It is often said that the best things in life come in small packages; anyone in search of proof need look no further than the stories in this collection: brief, utterly engaging tales that offer lasting surprise and delight. 

From the original Greek financial crisis (when the profligate Gods of Olympus were punished by Odin and the other Norse Gods for their unchecked spending) to a handy unintended benefit of cosmetic surgery; from Pope Ron (the first Australian pope, who wants nothing more than to live quietly) to a rather droll cat named Stanley to Good President Wenceslas (benevolent leader of a snowy land) - these stories are by turns funny, poignant, and deliciously wicked, each one a gift begging to be unwrapped and enjoyed again and again.

©2021 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2021 Recorded Books

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A Wonderful Collection of Pithy Stories

The stories are in groups that follow a theme. They often illustrate a clever message. The characters are delightful and the stories generally have a satisfying ending. Humor is definitelyapart of the stories. Smith is one of my favorite authors and I highly recommend his books.

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