The Department of Sensitive Crimes
Described by McCall Smith as ‘Scandi-Blanc’, a counterbalance to the bleakness of some Scandinavian crime fiction, this novel introduces Ulf Varg of the Malmö police. While his eccentric team investigate unusual cases, the detective discusses his depressed, lip-reading dog with his therapist.
The Colours of all the Cattle
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency
While Precious Ramotswe toys with entering local politics, the latest case for the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – involving a ruthless property developer’s plans for a ‘Big Fun Hotel’ – falls to the Agency’s mechanic. When danger looms over his investigation, Precious abandons politics to rescue Charlie.
Who Built Scotland
In a fresh approach to Scotland’s past, five Scottish writers – Alexander McCall Smith, Alistair Moffat, James Robertson, James Crawford and the poet Kathleen Jamie – explore 25 buildings, or remains of buildings, across the country. Starting at Geldie Burn in the Cairngorms with its traces of prehistoric habitations, they visit Iona’s ancient abbey, medieval castles, and modern buildings ranging from the Glasgow School of Art to Sullom Voe oil terminal – structures whose stories together create a new narrative of Scottish history.