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Bertie Plays the Blues

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Series: 44 Scotland Street (7)

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The continuing adventures of Edinburgh's beloved characters, many of whom are in the midst of new beginnings, including Bertie, who's been thinking that he might want to start over with a new family and so puts himself up for adoption on eBay.
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British (scottish) fiction. Series (each can stand alone though). Snapshots into the lives of neighborhood residents, including 7-going-on-8-year-old Bertie. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
This is the seventh book in the delightful 44 Scotland Street series, and major changes are happening to our cast of characters. Matthew and Elspeth have triplets and quickly become overwhelmed by the job of caring for three babies, especially when Matthew removes their name bracelets, and now who knows which is which? Angus and Dominica are getting ready to be married, but now questions arise as to where they will live. Big Lou starts dating via an online service, but then finds a promising prospect in a very unusual place. Pat comes back to work for Matthew in the gallery, but also reconnects with Bruce the narcissist. And finally, both Bertie and his father, Stuart, appear to be standing up for themselves against the overbearing Irene when Stuart joins the masons and Bertie decides to put himself up for adoption on eBay.

Much like the author's No. 1 Ladies Detective series, these books are a delight from start to finish. ( )
  etxgardener | Mar 17, 2021 |
Another wonderfully yummy novel in Alexander McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street series. This one about Stuart joining the Masons, Bertie trying to run away, Angus afraid Domenica loves another, Big Lou meets Alex from Arbroath, Pat meets a former acquaintance, Matthew and Elspeth hire a much needed Nanny.

As always, this addition is thoughtful, sad, smart, engaging and laugh-out loud FUNNY!
1 vote Bookish59 | Mar 21, 2020 |
Bertie's Mom gets lost temporarily. Domenica and Magnus get married (finally) after taking a trip to Italy. ( )
  lhaines56 | Jun 8, 2018 |
Lovely little swath of Scotland Street life; funny, touching, hopeful, all the good expected A.M.S. experiences. ( )
  Siubhan | Feb 28, 2018 |
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Hanna, CaroleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Elspeth Harmony's triplets arrived in the order that was to dog them for the rest of their lives: first, second and third.
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