Less espresso, more skinny latte

26 06 2006

Book front cover

Title:
Espresso Tales: The Latest from 44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street)
Author:
Alexander McCall Smith
ISBN:
0349119708
Rating:
3 out of 5 stars

A neat and quite entertaining follow up to 44 Scotland Street, again produced originally as a daily serial for the Scotsman. It follows the lives of a small and diverse group of inhabitants of this address in their somewhat, but not excessively, taxing existences. Some nice little tales of a nudist picnic, an insufferably vain ex–surveyor turned wine merchant and pushy parents and their pushed prodigy, little Bertie.

The episodic approach works extremely well for holiday reading and the characters are sufficiently engaging to keep you involved. Light but not completely slight.

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