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Review: Precious and the Puggies – a story in Scots by Alexander McCall Smith

on January 11, 2011

For Christmas, my husband got me this cute little book by Alexander McCall Smith — author of the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series — about Precious Ramotswe’s first case as a little girl. It reads as a children’s chapter book, but be forewarned — it is written ENTIRELY IN SCOTS. (As an Outlander fan, I could imagine the entire book being read to me by Jamie.) I had to pick up the rhythm and feel of the language and read along with it in order to keep the flow — though an anthology of words is included in the back. The story was of eight-year-old Precious as she seeks to solve her first mystery at her school, where tasty snacks are disappearing with alarming regularity.

This was a quick read for me (about an hour or so) and fun to read in the Scots language. I can see that it would not be for everyone, but if you are a No.1 Ladies fan, and if you can understand the Scots language, then I think you would enjoy it!

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