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):

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Publication Order of No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Books

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (1998)Description / Buy at
Tears of the Giraffe (2000)Description / Buy at
Morality for Beautiful Girls (2001)Description / Buy at
The Kalahari Typing School for Men (2002)Description / Buy at
The Full Cupboard of Life (2003)Description / Buy at
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (2004)Description / Buy at
Blue Shoes and Happiness (2006)Description / Buy at
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive (2007)Description / Buy at
The Miracle at Speedy Motors (2008)Description / Buy at
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built (2009)Description / Buy at
The Double Comfort Safari Club (2010)Description / Buy at
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (2010)Description / Buy at
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection (2012)Description / Buy at
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon (2013)Description / Buy at
The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café (2014)Description / Buy at
The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine (2015)Description / Buy at
Precious and Grace (2016)Description / Buy at
The House of Unexpected Sisters (2017)Description / Buy at
The Colors of All the Cattle (2018)Description / Buy at
To the Land of Long Lost Friends (2019)Description / Buy at
How to Raise an Elephant (2020)Description / Buy at
The Joy and Light Bus Company (2021)Description / Buy at
A Song of Comfortable Chairs (2022)Description / Buy at
From a Far and Lovely Country (2023)Description / Buy at
The Great Hippopotamus Hotel (2024)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Collections

The Cleverness of Ladies (2012)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Professor Dr. Von Igelfeld Books

Portuguese Irregular Verbs (2003)Description / Buy at
The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs (2003)Description / Buy at
At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances (2003)Description / Buy at
Unusual Uses for Olive Oil (2011)Description / Buy at
Your Inner Hedgehog (2021)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Isabel Dalhousie Books

The Sunday Philosophy Club (2004)Description / Buy at
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate (2005)Description / Buy at
The Right Attitude to Rain (2006)Description / Buy at
The Careful Use of Compliments (2007)Description / Buy at
The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday / The Comfort Of Saturdays (2008)Description / Buy at
The Lost Art of Gratitude (2009)Description / Buy at
The Charming Quirks of Others (2010)Description / Buy at
The Forgotten Affairs of Youth (2011)Description / Buy at
The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds (2012)Description / Buy at
The Novel Habits of Happiness (2015)Description / Buy at
A Distant View of Everything (2017)Description / Buy at
The Quiet Side of Passion (2018)Description / Buy at
The Geometry of Holding Hands (2020)Description / Buy at
The Sweet Remnants of Summer (2022)Description / Buy at
The Conditions of Unconditional Love (2024)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Isabel Dalhousie Short Stories/Novellas

The Perils of Morning Coffee (2011)Description / Buy at
At the Reunion Buffet (2015)Description / Buy at
Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine (2016)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of 44 Scotland Street Books

44 Scotland Street (2005)Description / Buy at
Espresso Tales (2005)Description / Buy at
Love Over Scotland (2006)Description / Buy at
The World According to Bertie (2007)Description / Buy at
The Unbearable Lightness Of Scones (2008)Description / Buy at
The Importance of Being Seven (2010)Description / Buy at
Bertie Plays the Blues (2011)Description / Buy at
Sunshine on Scotland Street (2012)Description / Buy at
Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers (2013)Description / Buy at
The Revolving Door of Life (2015)Description / Buy at
The Bertie Project (2017)Description / Buy at
A Time of Love and Tartan (2017)Description / Buy at
The Peppermint Tea Chronicles (2019)Description / Buy at
A Promise of Ankles (2020)Description / Buy at
Love in the Time of Bertie (2021)Description / Buy at
The Enigma of Garlic (2023)Description / Buy at
The Stellar Debut of Galactica Macfee (2024)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Myths Books

Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams (2006)Description / Buy at
The Fire Gospel (By: Michel Faber) (2006)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Corduroy Mansions Books

Corduroy Mansions (2009)Description / Buy at
The Dog Who Came in from the Cold (2009)Description / Buy at
A Conspiracy of Friends (2010)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of The School Ship Tobermory Books

School Ship Tobermory (2015)Description / Buy at
The Sands of Shark Island (2016)Description / Buy at
The Race to Kangaroo Cliff (2019)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Paul Stuart Books

My Italian Bulldozer (2017)Description / Buy at
The Second-Worst Restaurant in France (2019)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Detective Varg Books

Varg in Love (2013)Description / Buy at
The Department of Sensitive Crimes (2019)Description / Buy at
The Talented Mr. Varg (2020)Description / Buy at
The Man with the Silver Saab (2021)Description / Buy at
The Discreet Charm of the Big Bad Wolf (2023)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Detective Varg Short Stories/Novellas

The Strange Case of the Moderate Extremists (2019)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Akimbo Books

(with LeUyen Pham)

Akimbo and the Lions (1992)Description / Buy at
Akimbo and the Crocodile Man (1993)Description / Buy at
Akimbo and the Elephants (2005)Description / Buy at
Akimbo and the Snakes (2006)Description / Buy at
Akimbo and the Baboons (2008)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Harriet Bean Books

The Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean (1990)Description / Buy at
Harriet Bean and the League of Cheats (1991)Description / Buy at
The Cowgirl Aunt of Harriet Bean (1993)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Max & Maddy Books

Max & Maddy and the Bursting Balloons Mystery (1997)Description / Buy at
Max & Maddy and the Chocolate Money Mystery (1999)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Precious Ramotswe's Very First Cases Books

The Great Cake Mystery (2009)Description / Buy at
Precious and the Monkeys (2010)Description / Buy at
Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill (2012)Description / Buy at
Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion (2013)Description / Buy at
Precious and the Zebra Necklace (2015)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Young Corgi Books

Alix and the Tigers (1988)Description / Buy at
Suzy Magician (1990)Description / Buy at
The Tin Dog (1990)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Uncle Gangster (1989)Description / Buy at
La's Orchestra Saves the World (2008)Description / Buy at
Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party (2014)Description / Buy at
The Forever Girl (2014)Description / Buy at
The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse (2017)Description / Buy at
The Pavilion in the Clouds (2022)Description / Buy at
The Perfect Passion Company (2024)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Children's Books

White Hippo (1980)Description / Buy at
Film Boy (1988)Description / Buy at
The Joke Machine (1990)Description / Buy at
Marzipan Max (1991)Description / Buy at
The Girl Who Changed the Weather (1991)Description / Buy at
Calculator Annie (1992)Description / Buy at
Springy Jane (1992)Description / Buy at
Who Invented Peanut Butter? (1993)Description / Buy at
My Chameleon Uncle (1993)Description / Buy at
The Doughnut Ring (1994)Description / Buy at
The Princess Trick (1994)Description / Buy at
Paddy and the Ratcatcher (1994)Description / Buy at
The Banana Machine (1994)Description / Buy at
Billy Rubbish (1995)Description / Buy at
The Bubblegum Tree (1996)Description / Buy at
The Watermelon Boys (1996)Description / Buy at
The Popcorn Pirates (1999)Description / Buy at
Monkey Boy (2000)Description / Buy at
Teacher Trouble (2000)Description / Buy at
The Spaghetti Tangle (2005)Description / Buy at
The Muscle Machine (2006)Description / Buy at
Boing Boing (2016)Description / Buy at
Hari & His Electric Feet (2017)Description / Buy at
Max Champion and the Great Race Car Robbery (2018)Description / Buy at
Freddie Mole (2018)Description / Buy at
The Great Clown Conundrum (2019)Description / Buy at
Noah Wild and the Floating Zoo (2020)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Children of Wax: African Folk Tales (1989)Description / Buy at
Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations (1995)Description / Buy at
"Trouble at the North Pole" and Other Stories (1996)Description / Buy at
The Perfect Hamburger and Other Delicious Stories (2001)Description / Buy at
The Girl Who Married a Lion: and Other Tales from Africa (2004)Description / Buy at
The Baboons Who Went This Way and That: Folktales from Africa (2006)Description / Buy at
The Book That Changed My Life (2006)Description / Buy at
Trains and Lovers (2012)Description / Buy at
Chance Developments (2016)Description / Buy at
Pianos and Flowers (2019)Description / Buy at
Marvellous Mix-ups (2020)Description / Buy at
In a Time of Distance and Other Poems (2020)Description / Buy at
Tiny Tales: Stories of Romance, Ambition, Kindness, and Happiness (2021)Description / Buy at
The Private Life of Spies and the Exquisite Art of Getting Even (2023)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

A Work of Beauty: Alexander McCall Smith's Edinburgh (2014)Description / Buy at
Who Built Scotland (With: Kathleen Jamie,James Robertson,James Crawford,Alistair Moffat) (2017)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Good Dog Lion (With: David Dean) (2014)Description / Buy at
Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer (With: Kate Hindley) (2017)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Mysterious Profiles Books

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (By: Robert Crais) (2022)Description / Buy at
Jack Taylor (By: Ken Bruen) (2022)Description / Buy at
Jack Reacher (By: Lee Child) (2022)Description / Buy at
Charlie Parker (By: John Connolly) (2022)Description / Buy at
Hieronymus Bosch (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Description / Buy at
Lincoln Rhyme (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2022)Description / Buy at
Alex Delaware (By: Jonathan Kellerman) (2022)Description / Buy at
Tess Monaghan (By: Laura Lippman) (2022)Description / Buy at
Charlie Resnick (By: John Harvey) (2022)Description / Buy at
Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (By: Faye Kellerman) (2022)Description / Buy at
Inspector Morse (By: Colin Dexter) (2022)Description / Buy at
Dismas Hardy (By: John Lescroart) (2022)Description / Buy at
Bob Lee Swagger (By: Stephen Hunter) (2022)Description / Buy at
Aloysius X. L. Pendergast (By: Douglas Preston) (2022)Description / Buy at
Lou Boldt (By: Ridley Pearson) (2022)Description / Buy at
Spenser (By: Robert B. Parker) (2022)Description / Buy at
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt (By: Anne Perry) (2022)Description / Buy at
John Rebus (By: Ian Rankin) (2022)Description / Buy at
Mallory (By: Carol O'Connell) (2022)Description / Buy at
Jane Whitefield (By: Thomas Perry) (2022)Description / Buy at
Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile (By: Charles Todd) (2022)Description / Buy at
Amos Walker (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2022)Description / Buy at
Precious Ramotswe (2022)Description / Buy at
Maisie Dobbs (By: Jacqueline Winspear) (2022)Description / Buy at
The Lincoln Lawyer (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Description / Buy at
Ben Kincaid (By: William Bernhardt) (2023)Description / Buy at
Repairman Jack (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2023)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Writers on Writers Books

Notes on Sontag (By: Phillip Lopate) (2009)Description / Buy at
On Whitman (By: C.K. Williams) (2010)Description / Buy at
On Conan Doyle (By: Michael Dirda) (2011)Description / Buy at
What W. H. Auden Can Do for You (2013)Description / Buy at
On Elizabeth Bishop (By: Colm Tóibín) (2015)Description / Buy at
On Empson (By: Michael Wood) (2017)Description / Buy at
On Henry Miller: Or, How to Be an Anarchist (By: John Burnside) (2018)Description / Buy at
On Seamus Heaney (By: Roy Foster) (2020)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Austen Project Books

Sense & Sensibility (By: Joanna Trollope) (2013)Description / Buy at
Northanger Abbey (By: Val McDermid) (2014)Description / Buy at
Emma (2014)Description / Buy at
Eligible (By: Curtis Sittenfeld) (2016)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of The Perfect Passion Company Books

Cook For Me (2023)Description / Buy at
A Laborer in the Vineyard of Love (2023)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

A Treasury of Five-Minute Stories(2000)Description / Buy at
One City(2005)Description / Buy at
A New Omnibus of Crime(2005)Description / Buy at
The Sunday Night Book Club(2006)Description / Buy at
The Best British Mysteries IV(2007)Description / Buy at
Midsummer Nights(2009)Description / Buy at
Ox-Tales(2009)Description / Buy at
Crimespotting(2009)Description / Buy at
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 7(2010)Description / Buy at
Imagined Lives(2010)Description / Buy at
No Rest for the Dead(2011)Description / Buy at
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 8(2011)Description / Buy at
What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur(2011)Description / Buy at
Better Than Fiction: True Travel Tales From Great Fiction Writers(2012)Description / Buy at
How Rude! Modern Manners Defined(2012)Description / Buy at
OxCrimes: 27 Killer Stories from the Cream of Crimewriters(2014)Description / Buy at
Who Built Scotland(2017)Description / Buy at

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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Alexander McCall Smith Synopses: The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse is a standalone novel by Alexander McCall Smith. During the war, Val Eliot, a young woman working on an English farm, meets Mike, a nearby U.S. Air Force pilot. Val realizes that Peter Woodhouse, a Border Collie, would actually be safer with Mike when she rescues him from his abusive owner. Thus, Peter Woodhouse moves into a new residence on the air force base, and Val falls in love. Val becomes Mike’s fiancée, and Peter Woodhouse transforms into Dog First Class, the base’s canine mascot who bravely accompany the officers on their missions. Peter Woodhouse brings Ubi, a German corporal, into their orbit after a disaster jeopardizes their future, igniting a friendship that is fraught with danger but rich in rewards.

Hari and His Electric Feet is a children’s novel by Alexander McCall Smith. Hari is a dreamer who can do something unusual. He uses the few dollars he makes from washing cars to go to the movies to see and learn from his favorite Bollywood films. Then, one day, Mr. Ram, a man on a mission to settle disputes both near and far, spots Hari’s gloriously fancy footwork. Because Hari’s magical dancing has such an effect on everyone, he is soon invited to the White House, where his electric feet bring peace to the president and his family.

The Forever Girl by Alexander McCall Smith is a standalone title. The close-knit expat community on Grand Cayman Island, an idyllic place for children to grow up, is where Amanda and her husband David are raising their son and daughter, and they consider themselves fortunate to be there. Sally, their first child, has always followed her heart. When she was four years old, she decided she preferred to be called Clover and then fell in love with James, her best friend.

However, for adults, the reassuring embrace of island life can become confined, particularly when confronted with challenging circumstances. Amanda realizes that she is no longer in love with David at the same time that Clover falls in love with James and that she is attracted to someone else. Clover discovers, to her dismay, that James appears to be moving away from her as Amanda tries to navigate the new path her heart is leading her down. She also feels like she might have lost him for good when they leave the island for boarding school—James goes to England, Clover goes to Scotland. She finds herself torn between a desire to move forward with her life and the old feelings that she just can’t let go of as Clover moves on to university, rarely seeing James but always holding him in her heart.

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4 Responses to “Order of Alexander McCall Smith Books”

  1. maryanna mayer: 4 months ago

    First discovered the books about Botswana ! ! ! several others and THEN the Isabel Dalhousie series . Always thought I was a fast reader, but Alexander McCall Smith can write faster than I can read . Full of life & goodness ….mostly.


  2. Alan Andrews: 3 years ago

    Love McAll Smith’s books. Will another “#1 Ladies” volume be released soon? God, I hope so.


  3. Norma Lyle: 3 years ago

    I love Precious Ramotswe and her family and friends. Thank you Alexander McCall Smith for creating this enjoyable world to share with us, your public.


  4. 'grandma' Jeanne: 7 years ago

    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 sensitive and insightful into people and the sweet, gentle people of Africa…Botswana to be specific.
    I thank him and recommend his books.


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