Alexander McCall Smith has written more than 60 books, but is best known for his internationally acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which rapidly rose to the top of the bestseller lists throughout the world. The series has now been translated into 45 languages and has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. The series has won many awards, including the “International Book of the Year and the Millennium” from the Times Literary Supplement. The beloved series was adapted for HBO television in 2008. The newest No. 1 Ladies’ Detective mystery, The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, was released in 2012.
"... you cannot beat McCall Smith for subtle musings shot through with insight and wit. His deft characterization enlivens the inner workings of everyday characters. His work offers a heartening view of a world that often appears heartless." —The Telegraph
"The Dalhousie series is “sure to be a second hit franchise. " — The New York Times
"Scotland's climate may be misty and cool, but McCall Smith's charming prose warms every page of this winning series debut." — Publishers Weekly
"Smart and sassy...Precious' progress is charted in passages that have the power to amuse or shock or touch the heart, sometimes all at once." — Los Angeles Times