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Perhaps best known for his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith delights fans around the world with his warmhearted 44 Scotland Street novels. In the series’ sixth entry, the residents of 44 Scotland Street grapple with problems both trivial and severe, but none so great as when six-year-old Bertie Pollock—who longs to be seven—mislays his mum and learns a valuable lesson about wish fulfillment. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “McCall Smith, a fine writer, paints his hometown of Edinburgh as indelibly as he captures the sunniness of Africa. We can almost feel the mists as we tread the cobblestones.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “McCall Smith’s assessments of fellow humans are piercing and profound…[His] depictions of Edinburgh are vivid and seamless.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Just about perfect…Contains a healthy helping of McCall Smith’s patented charm.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “McCall Smith manages sidesplitting send-ups of contemporary pretentiousness and wry and often poignant commentary on the roles of chance, cruelty, and fate in our lives…delightful.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “McCall Smith again shows his mastery of light comedy…What pulls the reader in is the good natures of (almost) all the characters and McCall’s uncanny ability to see their world as they do, and to render their worries, pleasures, and musings with charm, grace, and geniality.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Robert Ian Mackenzie delightfully captures the witty and diverse cast. His rendering of Bertie and his friends Tofu, Hiawatha, and Olive is much like eavesdropping on a group of noisy kids. The account of Bertie taking his baby brother, Ulysses, to school for show and tell is priceless. The fussy and warring adults, especially Bertie’s tiresome mother, are equally believable and enjoyable to befriend for a spell. Best of all, Mackenzie is spot-on in delivering McCall Smith’s subtle humor.”


  • A Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book, August2012
  • A New York Times Bestseller
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