This is book one in the Scotland Street series by prolific author Alexander McCall Smith. This reviewer has long been a fan of McCall Smith’s #1 Ladies Detective Agency series and I will confess to owning all 21 books of the series and await each new addition.
However, with 44 Scotland Street, I was disappointed. It certainly isn’t the author’s writing as it is full of the nuances I’ve come to love. The characters each have a story to tell but their connections to each other seem tentative. And while the location – Scotland – isn’t as colorful as Botswana it is rich in history. So why didn’t I like this story?
It is almost as though the author is trying to create a book without a story. Viewers of the old Seinfeld Show will know exactly was I’m talking about. The writer has chosen to take something mundane and spin a story (episode) about it. In Seinfeld-speak, “it’s a show (story) about nothing”.
44 Scotland Street was, for this reader, boring. It was easier to put it down than to resume reading. Thus I’ve only made it through 80 percent of the book.
Rating: 2 stars