Bertie Plays the Blues, Paperback
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Even down to its well-set Georgian townhouses, Edinburgh is a hymn to measure and harmony.

But on Scotland Street, domestic accord is in short supply.

Matthew and Elspeth welcome three new arrivals, though the joys of multiple parenthood are somewhat lost due to sleep deprivation and the difficulties of telling their brood apart.

Angus and Domenica are to marry, and Domenica has ambitious and disturbing plans for their living arrangements, especially when it appears that Antonia, in Italy recuperating from Stendhal Syndrome, may not return. And little Bertie, feeling blue, puts himself up for adoption on eBay.

Can Edinburgh's most deliciously dysfunctional residents forsake discord and learn to dance to the same happy tune?




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angus and domenica make plans to marry. irene changes her method of bringing up bertie. excellent

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Another Scotland street volume, more of the same quirky tales. the Edinburgh setting is still resonant but I was somehow not an engaged with this collection.

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Bertie and all of the gang from Scotland Street have returned for another installment. A compilation of columns that author McCall Smith writes for a UK newspaper have now been compiled into book format for American readers. Here, Bertie's father, Stuart, actually begins to stand up to his wife Irene, who remains quite irritating. Go, Stuart! It's about time. Also, Matthew and Elspeth try to cope with their newborn triplets and find it's a bit more than they ever imagined possible. And Domenica and Angus face the decision of where to live after they marry and whether to even marry. Big Lou looks for a new man. Lots of good stuff!

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