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The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith

The Department of Sensitive Crimes

Alexander McCall Smith

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Imprint: Little, Brown
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 7 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9781408711262

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo introduced us to 'Scandi noir'. Now, welcome to Alexander McCall Smith's world of Scandi blanc . . .

4 stars out of 5
7 Mar 2019

"readers who get the joke – and it is a good one – will be eager for the next installment"

McCall Smith’s humour is usually described as gentle, but readers familiar with the rhythm of his writing will find plenty here to make them snort. The loquacious junior policeman who cannot stop offering his dull opinions is an absolute gem of a creation and one who I hope reappears in subsequent books in the series. How could you not love a character who tells a long rambling story with the punchline: “That’s pericarditis for you.” For the McCall Smith first-timer, particularly one versed in the more usual type of Scandinavian crime, this novel will appear deeply odd. But readers who get the joke – and it is a good one – will be eager for the next instalment.

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