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Neanderthals and Au Pairs, Oh My!
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2020
What a joy to be back on Scotland Street and environs! Angus encounters a Neanderthal (maybe), Matthew and Elspeth continually revise their life with triplets, Stuart remains ineffectual, Bruce works his magic, James the au pair becomes a more complete character, students move into 44 Scotland Street, and Bertie and Cyril each experience a well-deserved moment of triumph. (Glasgow, anyone?!) With Irene mostly in Aberdeen, psychotherapy, yoga, and Melanie Klein fade into obscurity this time around.
I missed the warm-hearted Big Lou as a major character in this installment, but I was especially disconcerted to read of Matthew and Elspeth reminiscing about their honeymoon in Jamaica, when they had such a dramatic honeymoon in Australia in *Unbearable Lightness of Scones." It was Angus and Domenica who honeymooned in Jamaica (see *Sunshine on Scotland Street*). Still, with a series this long and complex, some plot irregularities may be inevitable. In any case, Angus would recite a poem to recommend forgiveness, and I can go along with that.
A speedy and pleasurable reading experience in these pandemic days.