The Unbearable Lightness of Scones is the latest installment in the 44 Scotland Street series and it’s as delightful as the pastries in the title (which, actually, do not make more than one appearance in the story, and a fleeting one at that). The previous books contained remarkably little action but this one features a marriage, a near-drowning, the discovery of an unknown valuable painting, and the discovery of (another!) illegitimate birth — and that’s on top of the breakup of an engagement, a subsequent self-rediscovery, and the moving away of Bertie’s psychiatrist (and likely father of his brother).
One of the joys of the series is to feel “as if we were there”, which indeed could be a vast swindle since I’ve never traveled to Edinburgh. But this time there’s also a trip to Perth, Australia (for the honeymoon that follows, as honeymoons do, the wedding) and yes, that wide beach and its lifeguards all sound very, very true to life.
I can’t wait for the next one. Perhaps Bertie will finally turn 7!