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
Publication Order of No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Collections
Publication Order of Professor Dr. Von Igelfeld Entertainment Books
Publication Order of Isabel Dalhousie Books
Publication Order of Isabel Dalhousie Short Stories
Publication Order of 44 Scotland Street Books
Publication Order of Myths Books
Publication Order of Corduroy Mansions Books
Publication Order of School Ship Tobermory Books
Publication Order of Standalone Novels
Publication Order of Akimbo Children’s Books
Publication Order of Harriet Bean Children’s Books
Publication Order of Max & Maddy Children’s Books
Publication Order of Precious Ramotswe Children’s Books
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
Publication Order of Short Story Collections
Publication Order of Anthologies
Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books
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.
If You Like Alexander McCall Smith Books, You’ll Love…