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Mar 17, 2021bibliosara rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I've only read one other series by Alexander McCall Smith (and loved it!): The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Rather, I should say, that I am only reading that one other series, since I am only partially through the wonderfully lengthy series. In this newer series, McCall Smith introduces readers to Detective Ulf Varg (Wolf Wolf, translated), a detective in Malmo, Sweden's "Department of Sensitive Crimes" (a completely fictional department, by the way). Ulf lives with his sweet dog Martin, who is both deaf and a lip-reader. He works with his colleagues, including lovely but very much married Anna, to solve cases that are not as violent or distressing as those that cross the desks of detectives in other departments, but that nonetheless need solving. When a man is stabbed in the back of the knee, Ulf finds himself drawn into a confusing case of an odd injury and quirky suspects. Meanwhile, he reflects on the lives of those around him and on the general Swedish-ness of life in Malmo. Charming, with McCall Smith's usual charismatic qualities, The Department of Sensitive Crimes is a book worth reading: a reminder of the quiet dignity and joy of everyday life.