Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the highly successful No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty-five million copies. Since then he has devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over forty-six languages and become bestsellers throughout the world. These include the 44 Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in the Scotsman, the Isabel Dalhousie novels, the Von Igelfeld series and the Corduroy Mansions novels.
'Filled with irresistible charm from page one . . . I became so deeply immersed in the story that I felt like an additional character in the thick of the plot'* Scottish Field *
'Take a few minutes to relax with a cup of your favourite tea and savour the affairs of the world in microcosm, teeming with life's loves and challenges. Little dramas writ large by the master chronicler of modern life and manners'* The Week *
'Full of McCall Smith's trademark charisma. Lives up to the peppermint tea in the title: refreshing, light and perfect for summer'* Dundee Courier *