Bertie Plays The Blues (44 Scotland Street Series #7)

Bertie Plays The Blues (44 Scotland Street Series #7)

by Alexander McCall Smith
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Bertie Plays The Blues (44 Scotland Street Series #7) by Alexander McCall Smith


The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother.  

If you haven’t met the residents of 44 Scotland Street yet, there is no better time, since everyone seems to be in the midst of new beginnings.
New parents Matthew and Elspeth must muddle through the difficulties of raising their triplets Rognvald, Tobermory and Fegus—there's normal sleep deprivation, and then there's trying to tell the children apart from one another. Angus and Domenica are newly engaged, and now they must negotiate the complex merger of two households. Domenica is also forced to deal with the return of an old flame, while Big Lou has begun the search for a new one, boldly exploring the new world of online dating and coming up with an Elvis impersonator on the first try. And in Bertie’s family, there's a shift in power as his father Stuart starts to stand up to overbearing mother, Irene—and then there’s Bertie, who has been thinking that he might want to start over with a new family and so puts himself up for adoption on eBay.  With his signature charm and gentle wit Alexander McCall Smith vividly portrays the lives of Edinburgh’s most unique and beloved characters.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307948502
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/08/2013
Series: 44 Scotland Street Series , #7
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 92,480
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics.


Edinburgh, Scotland

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1948

Place of Birth:


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Bertie Plays The Blues: 44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street Series #7) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another delightful visit with characters on Scotland Street. I love this series.
nolenreads More than 1 year ago
I love all the Scotland Street novels. Well, I love all the Number One Ladies Detective Agency novels, too. But the Scotland Street novel is set up in a different way. First, the series tells a rambling set of stories from many perspectives. There are so many characters here but each one is very unique, usually in a poignant or funny way. Even the dog has a point of view at one point when he gets lost and must use his nose to find his way back, not to his master but to the Italian bistro/grocery where his master shops. The dog has a gold tooth. In Bertie Plays the Blues, Bertie is six years old and suffers from and overbearing and obnoxious mother Irene. From birth practically, Irene has made him take yoga, Italian conversation classes, the saxophone, and psychotherapy. He doesn't mind all the classes and lessons but he does mind the pink room and raspberry-colored trousers. In this book, Bertie lets slip accidentally that his father has joined the Masons, something Irene abhors. Mayhem ensues. Also Pat has run into Bruce again and once again finds herself attracted to him despite his obnoxious narcissistic behavior.
JTM33 More than 1 year ago
So hooked on all of Smith's series. His dry sense of humor is amazing and storytelling so different. I pray he continues to write such delightful books.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
44 Scotland Street characters create many emotions, especially Bertie, who never grows older than 6-years-old. The stories of Matthew and Elspeth and the triplets amuse the reader with the mixing of the identity of the boys and the sleepless nights until Anna, the nanny arrives. And the names for three little boys provides another laugh. Can anyone imagine growing up as Tobermory or Rognvald? Angus and Domenica waver between getting married and deciding where to live, as Pat runs into Bruce, and Big Lou bumps into an old boyfriend. Bertie decides his life is miserable with his tour de force mother, Irene, and plans to be adopted from an ad on eBay. What could be more fun than delightful characters and especially with Robert Ian Mackenzie reading the book? Alexander McCall Smith likes to instill a lesson into each story and this story dwells on love and understanding.
bbMO More than 1 year ago
Love this book. Love Smith's whole Bertie series. Have read all, and am patiently waiting for the release of the next book in the series. Maybe it's just me, because I love Scotland, I love Edinburgh, and I appreciate Smith's dry sense of humor. But, because of those things, I thoroughly enjoy this series.
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