I recently listened to the 10th book in the series 'The Revolving Door of Life' on my audible subscription, and I have to say that listening to it on audible adds a whole new level of enjoyment. The story is narrated by David Rintoul and he does a fantastic job at capturing the characters and the scenes. As a writer, Alexander McCall Smith has a knack for delving into human feelings and placing his characters in entertaining situations without it seeming in any way far fetched. One of the things I love about this series of novels is that you totally believe that you could bump into these people on your normal way around Edinburgh.
In The Revolving Door of Life, Matthew and Elspeth move into a brand new home with their triplets only to discover a secret room and some very valuable paintings, Pat thinks her Father's new girlfriend is a gold digger and enlists the help of Bruce (the man you want to hate but just can't) to prove she's right, Big Lou's gets a make over and Bertie finally gets his chance to live out some of his wildest dreams. There's also mentions of Art societies, the Duke of Johannesberg and the Scottish Nudist Society, all wrapped into a highly entertaining read.
My favourite character is Bertie, and I have a sneaking suspicion he might be Alexander McCall Smith's as well. He writes the character so well and some of the lines that Bertie comes out with had me smiling like a lunatic on the bus. Bertie was the highlight of my day when I was listening to the book and I couldn't wait for his parts of the novel.
I also like the character of Bruce, as egotistical, rude and outrageous as he is, you just can't help but like him just a little bit.
Alexander McCall Smith has a knack for capturing the real essence of Edinburgh, and all of his 44 Scotland Street novels finish with what I would call 'an ode to Edinburgh'- if you love this city (whether you live here or abroad), then you have to appreciate these books and I urge you to pick up this 10th installment (or start from the very beginning!).
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