Have you heard of Alexander McCall Smith?
I am going to make the bold statement that he is one of my favourite authors.
Alexander McCall Smith has written more than 60 books including the popular series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.
A few years ago, Christy & I heard him speak at a book signing. What a fascinating guy. He was born in Zimbabwe and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland (and he's got a great vocabulary!). While a few of his books are shelved in the mystery section, he says really his characters mostly just drink tea and eat cake.
I have a theory that McCall Smith will end up being on the classics shelves in 100 years. He reminds me of P.G. Wodehouse, and that's a good comparison. I find myself talking about his characters like they're real people (Bertie! Mathew! Isabel & Jamie!), and his stories consistently make me laugh out loud while reading.
Each series is so different, so if one book is not your cup of tea, try another series. If this is your first time reading Alexander McCall Smith, I recommend starting with 44 Scotland Street or The Sunday Philosophy Club.
Alexander McCall Smith photo via The Telegraph.