From the New York Times best-selling creator of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels and winner of the inaugural Saga Award for Wit, comes the first novel starring distinguished philologist Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld. Von Igelfeld is the WD’s leading scholar on Portuguese irregular verbs. But in other matters—such as tennis against equally dreadful opponents and the arranging of fencing duels—he is not nearly so skilled. Yet that does not stop him from having a go at life, and the results are always humorous.