Another exceptional instalment into the series. I am still waiting for Irene to get her come-uppance.
This is a 'mixed review' some good chapters, some funny moments, some interesting insights into small town Edinburgh but I finsihed the book with a sense of unresolved questions. Especially I was concerned that Bertie's [albeit fictional] mother still had too much control and would cause a lot of damage to her son before he reached adulthood. Worse, the fate of younger sibling Ulyssis is left to our imagination. Some of the tensions from previous novels are resolved with good humour and some pathos. I feel the author is riding on his reputation and not honing his art nor respecting his audience.
Charming and satisfying in typical McCall Smith fashion.
I've enjoyed all the books in this series, but this one was fantastic. It was the best yet, as we've come to know all the characters and follow them along many escapades throughout the previous five volumes. This book resolves some of the tensions in various storylines, giving the reader a wonderful sense of closure and satisfaction.
These books provide amusement, entertainment and satisfaction in the storyline in each episode. I can't critically review it because I simply love it. So that's my summation: I loved it; I love the characters and the setting, and it's only getting better. If you love gentle satire, wry amusement, and characters either lovable or ludicrous you will find this a great read.
Life continues on apace for the now familiar set of charaters in Edinburgh - a shame we are not able to keep more regularly up to date with a weekly or monthly installment in the Globe & Mail or local paper.
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