4th in the series going back to 1997
Terrific writer - can always pull me out of a funk when reading his novels. the good professor is especially dear, i think i discovered this series in a review from the washngton post, comparing the dear professor to mr magoo - lol - i had to get the series and enjoyed this one very much indeed. a keeper! if this is your first time reading this series, information from the publisher on the earlier novels will enhance your reading pleasure: in the first novel 'portuguese irregular verbs' he learns to play tennis, and forces a college chum to enter into a duel that results in a nipped nose. he also takes a field trip to ireland where he becomes acquainted with the rich world of archaic irishisms, and he develops an aching infatuation with a dentist fatale. along the way, he takes two ill-fated italian sojourns, the first merely uncomfortable, the second definitely dangerous. in 'the finer points of sausage dogs', he is mistaken for a veterinarian and not wanting to call attention to the faux pas, begins practicing veterinary medicine without a license. he ends up operating on a friend's dachshund to dramatic and unfortunate effect. he also transports relics for a schismatically challenged coptic prelate, and is pursued by marriage-minded widows on board a mediterranean cruise ship. in 'at the villa of reduced circumstances', he gets caught up in a nasty case of academic intrigue while on sabbatical at cambridge. when he returns to regensburg he is confronted with the thrilling news that someone from a foreign embassy has actually checked his masterwork, portuguese irregular verbs, out of the institute's library. as a result, he gets caught up in intrigue of a different sort on a visit to bogota, colombia.