I feel a little bit guilty. It's my all-or-nothing mindset, I think. Sometimes that all-or-nothing thinking gets me into trouble, so it's a good idea to challenge it a little now and then.
I also feel like I'm getting away with something. Maybe I should do that more often.
Okay, maybe I'll just say this: These books were both good, in a light-hearted, restful way, with plenty of common sense and humor, a strong and soothing sense of place, and interesting characters. If you want to know more, there are various other reviews for Alexander McCall Smith's books under "S" in the "By Author" section here. These two latest works are more of the same, in a good way.
How's that for a compromise?