McCall Smith, Alexander

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Tiny Tales: Stories of Romance, Ambition, Kindness, and Happiness

This unique collection is proof that good things come in small packages.
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The Second-Worst Restaurant in France

This is a charming tale with delightful descriptions of the French countryside and cooking. Unfortunately, the main character is rather a young “old-fuddy-duddy.” Chloe is by far more lovable. Still, it is sure to please the author’s many fans. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]
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The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse

Recommended for fans of historical fiction. ["McCall Smith brings the trademark philosophy, solid characterization, and sense of place found in his contemporary series to this historical stand-alone. This gentle read possesses enough depth to do justice to a turbulent time period": LJ 2/15/18 review of the Pantheon hc.]
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The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse

McCall Smith brings the trademark philosophy, solid characterization, and sense of place found in his contemporary series to this historical stand-alone. This gentle read possesses enough depth to do justice to a turbulent time period.
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The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café

Recommended for series fans and those who enjoy cozy mysteries.
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Emma: A Modern Retelling

The third volume in HarperCollins's series of Jane Austen reboots, this title follows Joanna Trollope's Sense and Sensibility and Val McDermid's Northanger Abbey. Like the rest of the project, this effort meets with mixed success. McCall Smith's charming prose and gentle humor marry marvelously with Austen's iconic affairs of the heart, so well that the book reads like a Regency piece. As a result the cell phones, Mini Coopers, and gastropubs of the 21st century seem jarringly out of place. Still, this retelling gives Austenphiles an enjoyable opportunity to visit with the Woodhouse clan and is sure to be a hit with McCall Smith's legion of fans. As for the Austen project itself, one should reserve judgement, at least until the July publication of Curtis Sittenfeld's Pride and Prejudice. [See Prepub Alert, 10/5/14; see also "A Modern Emma: Alexander McCall Smith Reimagines Jane Austen's Classic" by Barbara Hoffert, LJ 12/14.—Ed.]
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The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

Another excellent title from McCall Smith.
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Trains and Lovers

Recommended. ["Subtle wit, leisurely pacing, copious references to W.H. Auden—the hallmarks of McCall Smith's storytelling are in full force here, as is his penchant for quiet vignettes," read the review of the Pantheon hc, LJ 5/15/13.]
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The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

A reader favorite, the irresistible Precious juggles two cases with her usual aplomb...
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