I am in a 'McCall Smith' phase again having just completed "The Importance of Being Seven" by Alexander McCall Smith and started on "Bertie Plays the Blues" from his 44 Scotland street series.
I just love the familiarity of the characters and the warmth and humour underneath the short chapters.
It is not 'laugh-out-loud' funny, but I catch myself chuckling all the time...
The fact that it is set in Edinburgh, a city that is becoming more and more important to me, is also a big plus. I love feeling familiar with the street names and the places in the book which is not far from our own flat in Stockbridge. Maybe one day we will have a flat in Scotland street or Moray Place? It is almost so that I expect to run into Angus walking Cyril, Domenica arguing with Antonia, Matthew and Elspeth with the triplets and not to forget wee Bertie and his intolerable mother Irene when I am in Edinburgh...
(don't worry, I KNOW they are fictional characters!)