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Alexander McCall Smith


Scotland (b.1948)

ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH has a double existence. He is a Professor of Medical Law, but also an author who has now written over fifty books on a wide range of subjects. These range from specialist titles such as 'Forensic Aspects of Sleep', (the only book on the subject) to 'The Criminal Law of Botswana' (also the only book on the subject) and from the widely translated 'The Perfect Hamburger' (a children's novel) to 'Portuguese Irregular Verbs' (a collection of stories about eccentric German professors). His collection of African stories, 'Children of Wax', received critical acclaim and has been the subject of an award-winning film.

Genres: General Fiction, Children's Fiction, Mystery, Literary Fiction, Historical, Fantasy
 
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Precious Ramotswe
   0.5. The Great Cake Mystery (2012)
   1. Precious and the Monkeys (2010)
     aka Precious and the Puggies
   2. Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill (2012)
     aka The Mystery of Meerkat Hill
   3. Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion (2013)
   4. Precious and the Zebra Necklace (2015)
   Young Precious (2018)
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Picture Books
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Novellas
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Chapter Books
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Alexander McCall Smith recommends
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Last Orders at Harrods (2005)
(Last Orders at Harrods Trilogy, book 1)
Michael Holman
"Delightful, entertaining, profound."
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Passarola Rising (2006)
Azhar Abidi
"Azhar Abidi is not an author who has his feet on the ground. And that's a compliment."
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Blood in the Water (2007)
(Alice Rice Mystery, book 1)
Gillian Galbraith
"This is a vivid and exciting story, set against the background of Edinburgh's legal and medical circles. There is not a dull page from start to finish."
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Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders (2007)
(Oscar Wilde, book 1)
Gyles Brandreth
"One of the most intelligent, amusing and entertaining books of the year. If Oscar Wilde himself had been asked to write this book he could not have done it any better."
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Prelude (2009)
William Coles
"What a read!... A triumph."
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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (2010)
Helen Simonson
"A beautiful little love story."
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At the Loch of the Green Corrie (2010)
Andrew Greig
"Exquisitely written, moving and utterly memorable."
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Unwritten Secrets (2010)
Ronald Frame
"Scotland's finest contemporary writer."
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Lucia on Holiday (2012)
(Mapp and Lucia, book 10)
Guy Fraser-Sampson
"Lucia is back! This is a wonderful new adventure written with all the style and humour of Benson himself."
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The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken (2012)
(Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator, book 3)
Tarquin Hall
"These books are little gems. They are beautifully written, amusing, and intensely readable."
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Feast of Artemis (2012)
(Mysteries of the Greek Detective, book 7)
Anne Zouroudi
"Anne Zouroudi writes beautifully - her books have all the sparkle and light of the island landscapes in which she sets them. The Lady of Sorrows, her latest, is a gorgeous treat ... Lovely, delicious prose and plot - as tasty as one of those irresistible honey-soaked Greek confections."
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Ghost Moon (2014)
Ron Butlin
"One of the most powerful and compelling pieces to emerge from the pen of this superb writer."
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Murder On the Second Tee (2014)
(Flick Fortune and Baggo Chandavarkar, book 2)
Ian Simpson
"Ian Simpson is a real find."
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The Monogram Murders (2014)
(Hercule Poirot Mystery, book 1)
Sophie Hannah
"Both faithful to the character and an entirely worthy addition to the canon. The plot is as tricky as anything written by Agatha Christie. Nothing is obvious or predictable in this very difficult Sudoku of a novel. The Monogram Murders has a life and freshness of its own. Poirot is still Poirot. Poirot is back."
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By the Book (2018)
Julia Sonneborn
"This utterly charming novel is, above all else, immense fun. The shade of Jane Austen and Julia Sonneborn have collaborated to produce a deftly-crafted tale full of romance, ambition, and wit. The result is a complete delight."
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The Crown Agent (2019)
(Crown Agent, book 1)
Stephen O'Rourke
"This is a colourful and fascinating story - the first of what I hope will be many adventures penned by the talented Mr O'Rourke."

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