Edinburgh. Genteel home to ladies who lunch, attend concerts and art exhibitions, and who do good by stealth. Ladies such as Isabel Dalhousie. But behind its regimented Georgian facades, Edinburgh's moral compasses are spinning with greed, lust and murderous intent. Isabel knows this, and rather relishes it. An accomplished philosopher and editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, she knows all about the difference between good and bad. Which is why she is an amateur sleuth. And why instinct tells her that the man who tumbled to his death in front of her eyes after a concert in the Usher Hall didn't fall. He was pushed.
'There is something almost divinely appealing about the way Alexander McCall Smith writes about daily life in Botswana... it is hard to think of a contemporary writer more genuinely engaging...(his) novels are also extremely funny: I find it impossible to think about them without smiling' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
McCall Smith is is a Professor of Medical Law as well as an author who has written over 50 books on a wide range of subjects: from Forensic Aspects of Sleep to The Criminal Law of Botswana, The Perfect Hamburger(children's fiction) to Portuguese Irregular Verbs (short stories).