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Part of the series, this novel presents a story which revolves around the characters that come and go at the fictional No 44 Scotland Street in Edinburgh's New Town. Its characters include the stalwart Tory chartered surveyor, the pushy mother, and, most importantly, the beleaguered Italian-speaking prodigy, Bertie.
Alexander McCall Smith was born in what is now Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He is now Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh. He has written more than fifty books, including a number of specialist titles, but is best known for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which has achieved best-seller status on four continents. In 2004 he was awarded British Book Awards Author of the Year & Booksellers Association Author of the Year.