Trains and Lovers is a stand alone novel with a different flavor than McCall-Smith’s series novels. This time he brings us stories of love experienced by four strangers sitting together while on a train journey from Edinburgh to London. The experiences of love are all unique. One story tells of a man falling for a pretty girl who may not be who she says she is. When a friend leads him to doubt his girlfriend’s identity, he also begins to doubt his safety around her. Another story tells how an art history student falls for a co-worker who is out of his league. Her wealthy and powerful father does all he can to discourage their relationship until something happens to his reputation. My favorite story is set in Australia where a young man finds a girl who is willing to follow him into a solitary life in the outback. The leisurely pace and wise sayings of McCall-Smith are familiar and favorite entertainment for those of us hooked on his series.