Book Review: Love in the Time of Bertie by Alexander McCall Smith

Love in the Time of Bertie was a library book I borrowed with The Book Share by Phaedra Patrick. My regular readers will know that Alexander McCall Smith is one of my favourite authors. Love in the Time of Bertie is the most recent book in the 44 Scotland Street series about a precocious child living in Edinburgh. There are many characters, who will be familiar from earlier books in the series described as ‘the world’s longest-running serial novel’. It was published in November 2021.

Photo of the library book. Alexander McCall Smith A 44 Scotland Street Novel Love in the time of Bertie.
Picture is of a dark blue sky with waves and swirls, a decorated kite flies above the title. It has a red tail pointing to a crescent of city buildings in front of which a boy is holding the string

New readers would not have any trouble joining the story part way through. I haven’t read every episode. The last page tickled me almost as much as some of the incidents. ‘THE END’ was followed by a proviso! The next book in the series is to be published on 3 November 2022.

Other books by Alexander McCall Smith I have read and reviewed:

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

The Careful Use of Compliments

 The uncommon appeal of clouds

Bertie plays the Blues

Trains and Lovers: The heart’s journey

The Novel Habits of Happiness

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

Tears of the Giraffe

Precious and the Monkeys Precious Ramotswe’s very first case

Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill A new case for Precious Ramotswe.

The Bertie Project

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones

Your Inner Hedgehog

How to Raise an Elephant

The Pavilion in the Clouds

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