I finished another Alexander McCall Smith book as book number 99, The Unbearable Lightness of Scones, a 44 Scotland Street series novel. The characters continue to evolve and change, to grow and develop. Matthew and Elspeth have married and go on their honeymoon to Perth, Australia, where Matthew is accidentally washed out to sea only to be saved by a dolphin. No one believes him and noises are made about taking him to the psychiatric hospital, so he drops his story, only telling it to Big Lou, who he knows will believe him and not make fun of him.
Big Lou has troubles of her own with Robbie and the Jacobite Pretender who likes to drink and is quite obnoxious. But Robbie takes him where he wants to go to reclaim his title and they are picked up in a lifeboat dressed as women off the coast of Glasgow and taken to a psychiatric hospital for observation. Big Lou is done with him. The Stuarts are nuts. The Hanoverians are much better.
Bruce has truly reformed himself. He is living as a flatmate with the photographer and decided not to be “The Face of Scotland.” He asks Raeburn Todd for his old job back and promises to do a good job and promises that he is a changed person. Todd gives him his job back and Bruce is a new Bruce. A reformed Bruce, if you will.
Domenica and Angus discover that the blue Spode teacup that they took from Antonia’s flat thinking that it was Domenica’s was not in fact Domenica’s since they found Domenica’s in her own flat. Angus sneaks back into Antonia’s flat to put it back and overhears a conversation that he misinterprets as Antonia preparing to accept a shipment of drugs, which actually turns out to be a shipment of homemade marmalade.
Bertie is allowed to join the Cub Scouts with Tofu, but unfortunately so is Olive and Olive is given a position of power in the Cubs. She generally makes their lives miserable until one exercise where Tofu sits at her then scratchs himself with a pin and claims Olive did it, and the position of power passes to Ranald Braveheart MacPhearson. Bertie is seeing a new psychiatrist who is about to recommend that Bertie be discharged from treatment until Bertie starts to talk about an article he read about wolves being reintroduced into Scotland and the psychiatrist misinterprets his statements as fears and hallucinations about archers and keeps him in therapy.
As always, the book ends with one of Domenica’s dinner parties that she gives with Angus and Angus gives the guests one of his poems, this one about love and friendship. Ninety-nine down, 26 to go.