"McCall Smith has great fondness for Botswana and paints a loving portrait of this peaceful, prosperous, and progressive country. . . . Wise and graceful."
"Charming and hilarious. . . . In its own way, McCall Smith’s world is as stylized and hermetic as those created by P.G. Wodehouse or Damon Runyon—a sweet and timeless bubble with its own morality, language and customs. Entering it can be a source of great comfort in these uncertain times."
—The Seattle Times
"You’ll never get through the wedding with dry eyes."
"[McCall Smith] again makes the sublime look easy…. [He] has few peers in capturing the quiet moments of people’s lives, and his empathetic lead has one of the biggest hearts in modern literature. Even newcomers will quickly be drawn into Mma Ramotswe’s unconventional approach to investigations and rapidly feel that they are with old friends."
"This is Mr. McCall Smith at his benevolent best, preaching the most gentle of philosophies and obviously recalling with affection his own memories of Botswana and his years there."
—The Washington Times
“Utterly charming and compulsively readable.” —Newsweek
“Kindness is paramount . . . Consistently satisfying . . . Genial [and] comforting.” —The Christian Science Monitor
“Endearing, amusing . . . Sparkles with African sunshine and wit.” —The Dallas Morning News
“Irresistible.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Charming, warmly affecting . . . As comfy cozy as can be.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“The pleasure of these sweet books lies in the clarity and gravity with which the characters reason through everyday dilemmas.” —Entertainment Weekly
“The best, most charming, honest, hilarious and life-affirming books to appear in years.” —The Plain Dealer
About the Author
Alexander McCall Smith is also the author of the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and has served on many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland. Visit his website at www.alexandermccallsmith.com.