The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy-just ask his mother. This just in from Edinburgh: the complicated lives of the denizens of 44 Scotland Street are becoming no simpler. Domenica Macdonald has left for the Malacca Straits to conduct a perilous anthropological study of pirate households. Angus Lordie's dog, Cyril, has been stolen, and is facing an uncertain future wandering the streets. Bertie, the prodigiously talented six-year-old, is still enduring psychotherapy, but his burden is lightened by a junior orchestra's trip to Paris, where he makes some interesting new friends. Back in Edinburgh, there is romance for Pat with a handsome young man called Wolf, until she begins to see the attractions of the more prosaically named Matthew. Teeming with McCall Smith's wonderful wit and charming depictions of Edinburgh, Love Over Scotland is another beautiful ode to a city and its people that continue to fascinate this astounding author.
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by Alexander McCall Smith
"A writer as charming as Alexander McCall Smith deserves a reader just as charming, and in Robert Ian Mackenzie he has a match. You'll have your own favorites among his voices; mine is his Irene, the smugly insufferable mother of the child prodigy Bertie. In this episode Irene pushes the unwilling Bertie to try out for a spot in the Edinburgh Teenage Orchestra in spite of his being only 6. Bertie is horrified when his audition succeeds, but things look up when Irene learns that no parents will be allowed to accompany the group on their trip to Paris. There can be a sameness in Mackenzie's cadences from character to character, but otherwise it's hard to fault this delightful update on the denizens of 44 Scotland Street. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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