In all fairness this is the third book in a series that I have not read any other books of, so I was lost from the start. So my rating should be taken with a pinch of salt. I've never read any on McCall Smith's books before but I have heard really great things, unfortunately I did not find his writing very captivating. To be honest the only reason I managed to stick out the book was because I used to live in Edinburgh and the setting made me feel nostalgic. But then again maybe the writing wasn't to blame but the fact that I had no idea who the characters were and no back story to make me care about what they were doing.