Equally as brilliant as the previous editions. . . . McCall Smith writes with deceptive simplicity, yet his work is laced with worthy insight, and dry, yet charming, humour.
Mma Ramotswe is a glorious creation, a character likely to prove every bit as enduring as Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot
The hypnotic ease of McCall Smith's style makes everything clear almost instantly
Blake may have been able to see the world in a grain of sand, but McCall Smith can encapsulate the human condition in a plate of stewed pumpkin. His talent is to see the god in small things
McCall Smith's familiar tone of wry amusement permeates the narrative, as does the detective's wisdom . . . hugely enjoyable
An ultra-smooth ride . . . almost more blissful than even McCall Smith's millions of regular devotees could pray for or hope
Everything about [McCall Smith] is appealing. He's just full of delight - it just bubbles out of him