Saturday, September 21, 2013

Bertie Plays the Blues: A 44 Scotland Street Novel (7) by Alexander McCall Smith

Can you imagine a little boy putting himself up for auction on eBay?  Bertie is pretty frustrated with his home life and wants to pick his own perfect family.  At six, who wouldn't?

Anchor Paperback and Edelweiss allowed me to download a copy of this ebook for review (thank you).  On sale date is October 8th, so you can get a copy soon at your local bookstore. 

This is the first 44 Scotland Street novel I've read.  I really enjoyed the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and wanted to "taste" this one.  It has a bit of the flavor of Maeve Binchy.  She writes about people on a bus, people in a village and others in like circumstances.  Mr. Smith has chosen a Scottish apartment building and the odd characters that populate that.

Not having the background of the previous books, it took me a bit to figure out who all the players were in the story.  Mr. Smith offers small character studies and includes Scottish ways and culture in the analysis.

Bertie trying to sell himself on eBay was amusing.  So was watching Matthew and Elspeth trying to take of their new triplets.  Having a bit of a romantic nature, I really enjoyed the tale of Angus and Domencia and their engagement.  Angus thinks he knows what's going to happen, but affairs of the heart can be strange.

This was a good read.  I think it would been better if I followed the series and was more familiar with the characters.  If you want a comfortable pleasant read with a few life challenges, this series is for you.  Why not give a try?

Happy reading.

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