(NO. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, 44 Scotland Street series, 2 1/2 Pillars of Wisdom series, The Sunday Philosophy Club series, Corduroy Mansions series)
Alexander McCall Smith is an extremely prolific author, with five different book series to his credit. He is very versatile, and each of his series has a different and distinct cast, setting, and overall feel. Indeed, setting is extremely important in his books, and is always very vividly drawn, with lots of references to the art and culture of wherever a book is set. Though his books are different, there’s always the constant of McCall Smith’s warm and gentle tone and focus on character are present in all of them.
If you enjoy Alexander McCall Smith’s books, you might also like:
Agatha Christie (the Miss Marple stories might be a good choice for those who particularly like the old-fashioned tone of McCall Smith’s work, as well as his strong heroines)
Susan Wittig Albert (try her Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter for gentle mysteries with excellent characters and a fantastic sense of place. The first is The Tale of Hill Top Farm)
Garrison Keillor (his tales of the folks in Lake Wobegon might appeal to readers who enjoy McCall Smith’s way with words as well as his warmth and humor. Try beginning with Pontoon or Pilgrims)