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Alexander McCall Smith has written more than 60 books, including specialist academic titles, short-story collections and a number of children's books. But he is best known for two international best-selling series: "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency," which now numbers eight books, with more than 3.5 million copies in print in the United States alone, and the mystery series featuring the female sleuth Isabel Dalhousie. His latest book is "The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday "(Random House, September 2008), a new installment in the Dalhousie series. McCall Smith was a law professor in Scotland, helped to set up a new law school in Botswana and has been a visiting professor at a number of universities in Europe and the United States. He is professor emeritus at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where he lives.