Synopses & Reviews
Alexander McCall Smith's profile could not be higher at the moment: the Today show has featured him live twice, and author Amy Tan selected The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
as her book of the month. This delightful collection of short stories teems with more of the vivid characters and exotic settings that have become McCall Smith's trademark. Among other places, we visit Portugal, Australia, and, of course, the southern Africa McCall Smith's many fans know so well.
Organized around the theme of the romantic encounter in all its varied forms, these hilarious stories are by turns surprising, enthralling, heartwarming, and, sometimes, just plain disastrous but always universally recognizable. Full of the same irresistible imagination and delicious insight into the fascinating peculiarities of the human condition that have endeared The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency to thousands of readers, Heavenly Date is the perfect read for McCall Smith's rapidly growing audience.
"For love stories without the sap, you can't go wrong here." Booklist
"Smith's nine stories, with their light humor and touching moments, should inspire smiles and sighs in tenderhearted readers everywhere." Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and was a law professor at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland.