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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the beloved, bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is also the author of numerous children’s books. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland. Visit his website at www.alexandermccallsmith.com.

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44 Scotland Street
A 44 Scotland Street Novel (1)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: eBook
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 6, 2005
Price: $11.99

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44 Scotland Street
A 44 Scotland Street Novel (1)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 14, 2005
Price: $15.00

Welcome to 44 Scotland Street, home to some of Edinburgh's most colorful characters. There's Pat, a twenty-year-old who has recently moved into a flat with Bruce, an athletic young man with a keen awareness of his own appearance. Their neighbor, Domenica, is an eccentric and insightful widow. In the flat below... Read more >
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At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances
A Professor Dr von Igelfeld Entertainment Novel (3)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 28, 2004
Price: $13.95

A deliciously entertaining new series by the bestselling author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

The many fans of Precious Ramotswe will find further cause for celebration in the protagonist of Alexander McCall Smith’s irresistibly funny trilogy, the eminent (if shamefully under-read) philologist Professor Dr. Mortiz-Maria von Igelfeld of the... Read more >
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At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances
A Professor Dr von Igelfeld Entertainment Novel (3)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith
Illustrated by Iain McIntosh


Format: eBook, 128 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $15.00

The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring seven-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother.

If you haven’t met the residents of 44 Scotland Street yet, there is no better time... Read more >
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Bertie Plays the Blues
A 44 Scotland Street Novel (7)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $11.99

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Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers
A 44 Scotland Street Novel (9)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 17, 2015
Price: $9.99

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Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers
A 44 Scotland Street Novel (9)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 17, 2015
Price: $15.00

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Blue Shoes and Happiness
A No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel (7)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $14.95

From universally beloved author Alexander McCall Smith, comes this seventh installment in the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series featuring Botswana’s best-loved detective.

Life is good for Mma Ramotswe as she sets out with her usual resolve to solve people’s problems, heal their misfortunes, and untangle the mysteries that make... Read more >
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Blue Shoes and Happiness
The New Novel in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 18, 2006
Price: $21.95

In this latest installment in the internationally best-selling, universally beloved series, there is considerable excitement at The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. A cobra has been found in Precious Ramotswe’s office. Then a nurse from a local medical clinic reveals that faulty blood–pressure readings are being recorded there. And Botswana has... Read more >
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Blue Shoes and Happiness
A No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel (7)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 18, 2006
Price: $11.99

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The Careful Use of Compliments
An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (4)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 7, 2007
Price: $9.99

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The Careful Use of Compliments
An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (4)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 26, 2008
Price: $14.00

Isabel Dalhousie is back, in the latest installment of this enchanting, already beloeved, best-selling series.

In addition to being the nosiest and most sypathetic philosopher you are likely to meet, Isabel is now a mother. Charlies, her newborn son, presents her with a myriad wonders of a new life, and doting father... Read more >
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The Charming Quirks of Others
An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (7)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $11.99

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The Charming Quirks of Others
An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (7)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $14.95

In this latest and most felicitous addition to the Isabel Dalhousie series, our inquisitive heroine comes to see that there are very few of us who are not flawed . . . herself included.

Isabel has been asked to discreetly investigate the candidates for the position of headmaster at a local boys’... Read more >
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The Charming Quirks of Others
An Isabel Dalhousie Novel
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $24.95

In this latest and most felicitous addition to the Isabel Dalhousie series, our inquisitive heroine comes to see that there are very few of us who are not flawed . . . herself included.

Isabel has been asked for her help in a rather tricky situation: A successor is being sought for... Read more >
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The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday
An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (5)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: eBook
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 23, 2008
Price: $11.99

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The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday
An Isabel Dalhousie Novel
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Random House Large Print
On Sale: September 23, 2008
Price: $21.95

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The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday
An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (5)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 28, 2009
Price: $14.95

In the delectable fifth installment of the bestselling adventures of Isabel Dalhousie, our cherished inquisitive heroine returns to investigate a medical mystery.

A doctor's career has been ruined by allegations of medical fraud and Isabel cannot ignore what may be a miscarriage of justice. Besides, Isabel's insatiable interest is piqued and... Read more >
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A Conspiracy of Friends
A Corduroy Mansions Novel (3)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $15.00

In the Corduroy Mansions series of novels, set in London’s hip Pimlico neighborhood, we meet a cast of charming eccentrics, including perhaps the world’s most clever terrier, who make their home in a handsome, though slightly dilapidated, apartment block.

The universe seems to be conspiring against Freddie de la Hay and... Read more >
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A Conspiracy of Friends
A Corduroy Mansions Novel (3)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Corduroy Mansions
A Corduroy Mansions Novel (1)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 31, 2011
Price: $15.00

A delightful new setting—London—a wonderful new cast of characters and one incredibly clever dog.

Corduroy Mansions is the affectionate nickname given to a genteel, crumbling mansion block in London’s vibrant Pimlico neighborhood and the home turf of a captivating collection of quirky and altogether McCall-Smithian characters. There’s the middle-aged wine merchant William... Read more >
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Corduroy Mansions
A Corduroy Mansions Novel (1)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $24.95

A delightful new setting—London—a wonderful new cast of characters and one incredibly clever dog.

Corduroy Mansions is the affectionate nickname given to a genteel, crumbling mansion block in London’s vibrant Pimlico neighborhood and the home turf of a captivating collection of quirky and altogether McCall-Smithian characters. There’s the middle-aged wine merchant William... Read more >
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Corduroy Mansions
A Corduroy Mansions Novel (1)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $11.99

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The Dog Who Came in from the Cold
A Corduroy Mansions Novel (2)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 21, 2011
Price: $11.99

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