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"Lost in fiction"

The author of more than 60 books, including the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith muses on the "intense personal relationships readers form with characters" and how that complicates the lives of authors. More profoundly he looks at whether readers want to be assured there is a moral universe and what that might mean for an author.

In the Wall Street Journal, which usually brings us something noteworthy and British on the weekend.

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