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034911675X
Book:The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency; Alexander McCall Smith:2012 Book The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency; Alexander McCall Smith
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency; Alexander McCall Smith
Author: MacCall Smith, Alexander
Year: 2012
Language: English
Type: Book
Class Number: CRIME
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Abacus, 2012
Physical or Electronic: Physical
ISBN: 9780349116754
Notes:
Originally published: Edinburgh: Polygon, 1998
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is one woman, Precious Ramotswe, working out of a breezeblock office in Botswana. A cross between Kinsey Millhone and Miss Marple, Precious makes an unlikely heroine as she embarks on a very African mystery.
Series: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Extent: 250 p., 20 cm, pbk
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1408710994
Book:A time of love and tartan:2018 Book
Author: MacCall Smith, Alexander
Year: 2018
Language: English
Type: Book
Publisher: Abacus
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Originally published: Edinburgh: Polygon, 2017 If only Pat Macgregor had an inkling of the embarrassment romantic, professional, even aesthetic that flowed from accepting narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce Anderson's invitation for coffee, she would never have said yes. And if only Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, hadn't wandered into his local bookshop and picked up a particular book at a particular time, he would never have knocked over his former English teacher or attracted the attentions of the police. Whether caused by small things such as a cup of coffee and a book, or major events such as Stuart's application for promotion and his wife Irene's decision to go off and study for a PhD in Aberdeen, change is coming to serial fiction's favourite street. But for three seven-year-old boys Bertie Pollock, Ranald Braveheart Macpherson, and Big Lou's foster son Finlay - it also means a getting a glimpse of perfect happiness.
277 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0349143331
Book:The Department of Sensitive Crimes:2020 Book
Author: MacCall Smith, Alexander
Year: 2020
Language: English
Type: Book
Publisher: Abacus
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2019 Ulf Varg works in Malmo's Department of Sensitive Crimes. Like all Scandinavian detectives, he has his issues. In this case, these include his unresolved feelings for his colleague Anna, his impatience over the seeming incompetence of his irritating colleague Blomquist and his concerns for the health of his hearing-impaired dog Martin, the only dog in Sweden (and possibly all Scandinavia) who can lip-read. Soon, Ulf and his colleagues find themselves investigating an attack on a market trader, the disappearance of a handsome man who may not exist and a group of students whose relationships leave a great deal to be desired.
243 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1785417630
Large print:A distant view of everything:2019 Large print
Author: MacCall Smith, Alexander
Year: 2019
Language: English
Type: Large print
Publisher: ISIS
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2017 Isabel Dalhousie now has a second child - another boy, Magnus. He comes home with her at the beginning of the book and she discovers that Charlie is far from thrilled. He sees no need for a new baby. In Cat's delicatessen, Isabel meets a woman with whom she had been at school. This woman, Bea Shandon, is known as an enthusiastic match-maker. She is very worried, though, as she has introduced a woman she knows to a plastic surgeon who is now described by another friend as a gold-digger. This other friend reveals that the surgeon has a bad track record: he has been involved with a series of well-off women and has succeeded in separating a number of them from their money. Bea asks Isabel to investigate; she herself tried to warn her friend of the danger she was in but was rebuffed badly. Isabel starts to make enquiries.
1 volume (large print) ; 24 cm (hbk)
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Large print:The quiet side of passion:2020 Large print
Author: MacCall Smith, Alexander
Year: 2020
Language: English
Type: Large print
Publisher: ISIS
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2018 The nursery gate is a good place for parents to meet one another. As the mother of two small children, Isabel finds herself enlarging her circle of friends to include other parents. She meets Patricia, an Irishwoman, a musician and the single mother of a small boy called Basil Phelps. Isabel hears from her husband, Jamie, that this child is allegedly the unacknowledged son of a well-known Edinburgh organist, Basil Phelps. Patricia takes to Isabel, but Isabel is suspicious - there is something about Patricia that she does not quite like, but, with her usual attention to moral obligation, she does her best to be civil and supportive. That is until she sees Patricia with a mysterious, freckled man. Isabel gets it into her head that this is Patricia's lover, and that he must be the real father of young Basil. When further discoveries are made, everything is turned on its head.
1 volume (large print) ; 24 cm (hbk)
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0349144087
Book:The talented Mr Varg:2021 Book
Author: MacCall Smith, Alexander
Year: 2021
Language: English
Type: Book
Publisher: Abacus
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2020 When Ulf is approached by a woman who claims her beau (the infamous bad boy of Swedish letters) is being blackmailed, he is determined to help. The case requires all of Ulf's concentration, but he finds himself distracted by his brother's questionable politics and meteoric rise within the Moderate Extremist Party and by his own constant attraction to his married co-worker Anna. When Ulf is then tasked with looking into a group of dealers exporting wolves that seem decidedly domestic, it will require all of his team's investigative instincts and dogged persistence to put these matters to bed.
227 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1408713683
Book:Your inner hedgehog:2021 Book
Author: MacCall Smith, Alexander
Year: 2021
Language: English
Type: Book
Publisher: Little, Brown
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Professor Dr Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld and his colleagues at the University of Regensburg's Institute of Romance Philology pride themselves on their unwavering commitment to intellectual excellence. They know it is their job to protect a certain civilised approach to the scholarly arts. So when a new deputy librarian, Dr. Hilda Schreiber-Ziegler, threatens to drag them all down a path of progressive inclusivity, they are determined to stop her in the name of scholarship - even if that requires von Igelfeld to make the noble sacrifice of running for director of the Institute. Alas, politics is never easy, and in order to put his best foot forward, von Igelfeld will be required to take up a visiting fellowship at Oxford and cultivate the attentions of a rather effusive young American scholar.
216 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
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0691144737
Book:What W.H. Auden can do for you:2013 Book
Author: MacCall Smith, Alexander
Year: 2013
Language: English
Type: Book
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Part self-portrait, part-literary appreciation, this book tells how Alexander McCall Smith first came across W.H. Auden's work in the 1970s, while teaching law in Belfast.
137 pages ; 19 cm (hbk)
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1846973295
Book:Chance developments:2015 Book
Author: MacCall Smith, Alexander
Year: 2015
Language: English
Type: Book
Content type: Short story
Publisher: Polygon
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Shorn of context, unknown people look out to us from old and anonymous photographs, and each image has magical appeal. Alexander McCall Smith, one of the world's best-loved writers, has reimagined the stories of these individuals in this charming, humorous, unexpected and poignant collection. The fifteen photographs captured here are all from days long gone - some are formal in setting with a sepia tone, some are hazy family snaps.
280 pages (hbk)
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1846973953
Book:Trains and lovers:2017 Book
Author: MacCall Smith, Alexander
Year: 2017
Language: English
Type: Book
Publisher: Polygon
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2012 Four strangers meet on a journey from Edinburgh to London. Each has a tale to tell of how love has touched their lives in very different ways.
192 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1846975476
Book:The second worst restaurant in France:2020 Book
Author: MacCall Smith, Alexander
Year: 2020
Language: English
Type: Book
Publisher: Polygon
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2019 Paul Stuart has returned to Scotland to continue his successful career. His agent and girlfriend, Gloria, has arranged for him to write The Philosophy of Food, a project he relishes but that will have to be delivered in six months. It is not going well, as Paul finds his domestic circumstances unsuited to concentrated hard work: Gloria has now moved in with him (not specifically invited) and has brought with her two extremely vocal and demanding Siamese cats. The cats give Paul no peace. Beginning to worry that The Philosophy of Food will never be written Paul calls on the aid of his cousin, Chloe, who suggests a radical course of action. She has taken a six-month lease on a house in a French village not far from Poitiers and invites him to join her there and get the book finished in peace.
224 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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