I have to say, I really enjoyed this right up until the end, which I felt arrived rather ubruptly. I felt like there were unanswered questions relating to all of the characters. I suppose that McCall-Smith had to end it where he did because he ran out of time—the series had already run for fourteen weeks. I believe the novels in this series do get edited/rewritten and published as regular books.
I’m not sure if I’ll pick up the books in this series or not. I know that I probably won’t follow along if there’s another one that’s serialized. While I’ve found that I do like serialized books, I prefer it when they’ve already been edited, or at least, when they’re allowed to reach more organic conclusions to the stories. Of course—the issue with serializing something over a limited period of time is the same one that I ran into while doing the Twitter Exquisite Corpse.
I have to say, though, that I’ve really come to like McCall Smith’s writing voice, and I I probably will read some of his other work.
Book Source: Serialized in The Telegraph.