Espresso Tales

Espresso Tales

Book - 2006
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The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother.  
Back are all our favorite denizens of a Georgian townhouse in Edinburgh. Bertie the immensely talented six year old is now enrolled in kindergarten, and much to his dismay, has been clad in pink overalls for his first day of class. Bruce has lost his job as a surveyor, and between admiring glances in the mirror, is contemplating becoming a wine merchant. Pat is embarking on a new life at Edinburgh University and perhaps on a new relationship, courtesy of Domenica, her witty and worldly-wise neighbor. McCall Smith has much in store for them as the brief spell of glorious summer sunshine gives way to fall a season cursed with more traditionally Scottish weather.
Full of McCall Smith’s gentle humor and sympathy for his characters, Espresso Tales is also an affectionate portrait of a city and its people who, in the author’s own words, “make it one of the most vibrant and interesting places in the world.”

Publisher: Knopf Canada 2006
ISBN: 9780676978193
Characteristics: 368 p


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May 11, 2019

2nd title in the Scotland series
I agree: this was an okay book.
The plot of some of the characters' lives has some important "breakthroughs" for several featured characters which is .....the "glue" holding the themes together.
McCall Smith has this curious way of building some mystery like circumstances into the lives of his characters; I like it.
Whose life will change? Why?

mrsgail5756 Jan 06, 2014

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

Jan 02, 2013

This is the second of the series of 44 Scotland Street. This book proved more unputdownable than the first one and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

Dawnski Jul 26, 2012

Funny story! Didn't know this was part of a series. Hope I can find the other books.

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