Back are all our favorite denizens of a Georgian townhouse in Edinburgh. Bertie the immensely talented six year old is now enrolled in kindergarten, and much to his dismay, has been clad in pink overalls for his first day of class. Bruce has lost his job as a surveyor, and between admiring glances in the mirror, is contemplating becoming a wine merchant. Pat is embarking on a new life at Edinburgh University and perhaps on a new relationship, courtesy of Domenica, her witty and worldly-wise neighbor. McCall Smith has much in store for them as the brief spell of glorious summer sunshine gives way to fall a season cursed with more traditionally Scottish weather.
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by Alexander McCall Smith
"Alexander McCall Smith's first outing to 44 Scotland Street was originally a serial novel in THE SCOTSMAN. Happily, in ESPRESSO TALES he revisits all the quirky residents of the Edinburgh townhouse. Robert Ian Mackenzie's impeccable take on the characters reveals their trials, tribulations, blind spots, and charms. We catch up with old friends like 6-year-old Bertie, suspended from nursery school for writing graffiti on the bathroom wall--in Italian; with university student Pat, invited to a nudist picnic; and with narcissistic Bruce, dumped twice--by his girlfriend and his boss. McCall Smith's deceptively simple character sketches give Mackenzie plenty to work with, and his spot-on performance brings a decidedly droll tone to the proceedings. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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