Alexander McCall Smith is a Scottish author (though born in Rhodesia) of crime fiction and children’s books. He is the author of several series, including the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Professor Dr. Von Igelfeld Entertainment, Isabel Dalhousie, 44 Scotland Street and more. Aside from being a novelist, he also writes medical law and bioethics non-fiction books.

Though his non-fiction writings and children’s books date back to 1978, Alexander McCall Smith became a novelist when he published The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency in 1999. Below is a list of all of McCall Smith’s fiction books in order of when they were originally published (which is also their chronological order):

Publication Order of No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Books

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tears of the Giraffe(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mortality for Beautiful Girls(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Kalahari Typing School for Men(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Full Cupboard of Life(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blue Shoes and Happiness(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Miracle at Speedy Motors(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Double Comfort Safari Club(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Precious and Grace(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Collections

The Cleverness of Ladies(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Professor Dr. Von Igelfeld Entertainment Books

Portuguese Irregular Verbs(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Unusual Uses for Olive Oil(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Isabel Dalhousie Books

The Sunday Philosophy Club(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Right Attitude to Rain(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Careful Use of Compliments(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Comfort of Saturdays(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lost Art of Gratitude(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Charming Quirks of Others(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Forgotten Affairs of Youth(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Novel Habits of Happiness(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Isabel Dalhousie Short Stories

The Perils of Morning Coffee(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
At the Reunion Buffet(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of 44 Scotland Street Books

44 Scotland Street(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Espresso Tales(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Love Over Scotland(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The World According to Bertie(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Unbearable Lightness of Scones(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Importance of Being Seven(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bertie Plays the Blues(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sunshine on Scotland Street(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Revolving Door of Life(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Myths Books

Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Corduroy Mansions Books

Cordurory Mansions(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dog Who Came in From the Cold(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Conspiracy of Friends(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of School Ship Tobermory Books

School Ship Tobermory(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sands of Shark Island(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

La's Orchestra Saves the World(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
No Rest for the Dead(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Forever Girl(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
My Italian Bulldozer(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Akimbo Children’s Books

Akimbo and the Lions(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Akimbo and the Crocodile Man(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Akimbo and the Elephants(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Akimbo and the Snakes(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Akimbo and the Baboons(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Harriet Bean Children’s Books

The Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Harriet Bean and the League of Cheats(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cowgirl Aunt of Harriet Bean(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Max & Maddy Children’s Books

Bursting Balloons Mystery(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Chocolate Money Mystery(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Precious Ramotswe Children’s Books

Precious and the Monkeys(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Great Cake Mystery(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Precious and the Zebra Necklace(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Precious Ramotswe Children’s Books

The Great Cake Mystery tells the story of Precious Ramotswe’s first case.

Publication Order of Standalone Children’s Books

The White Hippo(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Perfect Hamburger(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Alix and the Tigers(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Tin Dog(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Calculator Annie(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Popcorn Pirates(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Doughnut Ring(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Paddy and the Ratcatcher(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Muscle Machine(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bubblegum Tree(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Teacher Trouble(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trouble at the North Pole and Other Stories(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Girl Who Married a Lion and Other Tales from Africa(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
One City(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ox-Tales: Air(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Book That Changed My Life(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Imagined Lives: Portraits of Unknown People(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trains and Lovers(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies

Children of Wax: African Folk Tales(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Better Than Fiction: True Travel Tales From Great Fiction Writers(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
What W.H. Auden Can Do For You(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: In the Company of Cheerful Ladies is also known as The Night-Time Dancer. The Great Cake Mystery was also published as Precious and the Puggies (Scots language version) and Precious and the Monkeys in English. The Comfort of Saturdays is the UK title of The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday. Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill was published in Scots as Precious and the Mischief at Meerkat Brae.

No Rest for the Dead is a collaborative novel that contains contributions from many different authors. Trouble At the North Pole and Other Stories also contains stories by Lisa Bruce, Berlie Doherty and Effin Older. One City is a collaboration with Ian Rankin and Irvine Welsh.The Books That Changed My Life, Ox-Tales: Air, What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur and Imagined Lives: Portraits of Unknown People each contain contributions from many other authors. The non-fiction book Better Than Fiction is co-authored with Joyce Carol Oates and D.B.C. Pierre.

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  • ‘grandma’ Jeanne

    I have just discovered Alexander McCall Smith’s books. Someone left three paperbacks at the women’s locker room at the Y. I have been hooked ever since. I spend much of my free time reading about Precious and her life.
    What a great author..so sensitive and insightful into people and the sweet, gentle people of Africa…Botswana to be specific.
    I thank him and recommend his books.