Alexander McCall Smith – The Peppermint Tea Chronicles


To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose; it is summer in Scotland Street (as it always is) and for the habitus of Edinburgh’s favourite street, some extraordinary adventures lie in waiting.

For the impossibly vain Bruce Anderson – he of the clove-scented hair gel – it may finally be time to settle down, and surely it can only be a question of picking the lucky winner from the hordes of his admirers. The Duke of Johannesburg is keen to take his flight of fancy, a microlite seaplane, from the drawing board to the skies. Big Lou is delighted to discover that her young foster son has a surprising gift for dance but she is faced with big decisions to make on his and her futures. And with Irene now away to pursue her research in Aberdeen, her husband, Stuart, and infinitely long-suffering son, Bertie, are free to play. Stuart rekindles an old friendship over peppermint tea whilst Bertie and his friend Ranald Braveheart Macpherson get more than they bargained for from their trip to the circus. And that’s just the start….

Take a few minutes to relax with a cup of tea 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.

Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Narrator: Robert Ian Mackenzie
Duration: 9 hours 47 minutes
Released: 19 Mar 2012
Publisher: Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

aura earthly

Most of our favorite characters who populate this series move through difficult moments that are portrayed realistically with their fears and pain toward affirming human connections and deepening appreciation for the power of kindness and the rewards of loving relationships it can bring. This installment is not without contrasting moments of impatience, nastiness, pretense, and duplicity some but not all of which are overcome by reflection and better intentions. In the closing, Angus offers us poems cherishing Edinburgh and love.