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The Right Attitude to Rain: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (Isabel Dalhousie Mysteries)

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ISABEL DALHOUSIE - Book 3

Nothing captures the charm of Edinburgh like the bestselling Isabel Dalhousie series of novels featuring the insatiably curious philosopher and woman detective.  Whether investigating a case or a problem of philosophy, the indefatigable Isabel Dalhousie, one of fiction’s most richly developed amateur detectives, is always ready to pursue the answers to all of life’s questions, large and small.

When Mimi, Isabel’s cousin from Dallas, arrives in Edinburgh with her husband, Joe, several confounding situations unfurl. First, Mimi and Joe introduce Isabel to Tom Bruce–a bigwig back home in Texas. The roving eye of Tom’s young fiancée leads Isabel to believe that money may be at the root of her love for Tom. But what, Isabel wonders, is at the root of Tom’s interest in Isabel herself? Then there are the feelings that Isabel has for Jamie, which are certainly hard to ignore. And she mustn’t forget about her niece, Cat, who’s busy falling for a man whom Isabel suspects of being an incorrigible mama’s boy.

Of course, Jamie counsels Isabel to stay out of it all, but there are irresistible philosophical issues at stake–when to tell the truth and when to keep one’s mouth shut, to be precise–and philosophical issues are meat and drink to Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics. In any case, Isabel is certain of the ethical basis for a little sleuthing now and again– especially when the problems involve matters of the heart.

Review:

"The third novel featuring well-to-do and somewhat-nosy philosopher Isabel Dalhousie continues McCall Smith's exploration of the rights and wrongs of everyday life, with Isabel's thoughtful presence providing decidedly more intellectual punch than the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. When Jamie, a young musician, begins to show interest in Isabel, her stirred feelings threaten to overwhelm her even keel, throwing her into ethical crisis. To what degree are our lives dictated by biological imperatives and desires? Does the meaning of art arise from the art itself or its audience? Are white lies permissible, and if so, when? What does the well-off individual owe the homeless man on the corner? Out-of-town visitors to Edinburgh Americans, no less provide further touchstones for all manner of ethical mulling as well as the grist of the book's mystery: does Angie, a young, inscrutable woman betrothed to a wealthy Dallas bachelor, Tom Bruce, have her eyes set on true love or money? At times Isabel's intense dedication to mindfulness borders on the didactic, but love comes to the rescue, nicely illustrating the book's most important philosophical puzzle: how is it that people find real happiness, and what does it have to do with loving rather than thinking?" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The third novel featuring well-to-do and somewhat-nosy philosopher Isabel Dalhousie continues McCall Smith's exploration of the rights and wrongs of everyday life, with Isabel's thoughtful presence providing decidedly more intellectual punch than the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. When Jamie, a young musician, begins to show interest in Isabel, her stirred feelings threaten to overwhelm her even keel, throwing her into ethical crisis. To what degree are our lives dictated by biological imperatives and desires? Does the meaning of art arise from the art itself or its audience? Are white lies permissible, and if so, when? What does the well-off individual owe the homeless man on the corner? Out-of-town visitors to Edinburgh — Americans, no less — provide further touchstones for all manner of ethical mulling as well as the grist of the book's mystery: does Angie, a young, inscrutable woman betrothed to a wealthy Dallas bachelor, Tom Bruce, have her eyes set on true love or money? At times Isabel's intense dedication to mindfulness borders on the didactic, but love comes to the rescue, nicely illustrating the book's most important philosophical puzzle: how is it that people find real happiness, and what does it have to do with loving rather than thinking? (Sept. 19)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Charmingly told...Its graceful prose shines, and Isabel's interior monologues — meditations on a variety of moral questions — are bemused, intelligent, and entertaining."The Seattle Times

Review:

"McCall Smith's assessments of fellow humans are piercing and profound. [His] depictions of Edinburgh are vivid and seamless....His fans are sure to embrace these moral peregrinations among the plaid." San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

When friends from Dallas arrive in Edinburgh and introduce Isabel Dalhousie to Tom Bruce--a bigwig at home in Texas--several confounding situations unfurl at once. Isabel is certain of the ethical basis for a little sleuthing now and again, especially when the problems involve matters of the heart.

Synopsis:

The delectable new installment in the best-selling and beloved adventures of Isabel Dalhousie.

When Mimi, Isabels cousin from Dallas, arrives in Edinburgh with her husband, Joe, several confounding situations unfurl. First, Mimi and Joe introduce Isabel to Tom Bruce-a bigwig back home in Texas. The roving eye of Toms young fiancée leads Isabel to believe that money may be at the root of her love for Tom. But what, Isabel wonders, is at the root of Toms interest in Isabel herself? Then there are the feelings that Isabel has for Jamie, which are certainly hard to ignore. And she mustnt forget about her niece, Cat, whos busy falling for a man whom Isabel suspects of being an incorrigible mamas boy.

Of course, Jamie counsels Isabel to stay out of it all, but there are irresistible philosophical issues at stake-when to tell the truth and when to keep ones mouth shut, to be precise-and philosophical issues are meat and drink to Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics. In any case, Isabel is certain of the ethical basis for a little sleuthing now and again-especially when the problems involve matters of the heart.

About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of, in the Isabel Dalhousie series, The Sunday Philosophy Club and Friends, Lovers, Chocolate. He is also the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375423000
Author:
Smith, Alexander Mccall
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Author:
Smith, Alexander McCall
Author:
Smith, Alexander McCall
Author:
McCall Smith, Alexander
Subject:
Scotland
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Edinburgh (scotland)
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Isabel Dalhousie Mysteries
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.56x6.32x1.00 in. .98 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The third novel featuring well-to-do and somewhat-nosy philosopher Isabel Dalhousie continues McCall Smith's exploration of the rights and wrongs of everyday life, with Isabel's thoughtful presence providing decidedly more intellectual punch than the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. When Jamie, a young musician, begins to show interest in Isabel, her stirred feelings threaten to overwhelm her even keel, throwing her into ethical crisis. To what degree are our lives dictated by biological imperatives and desires? Does the meaning of art arise from the art itself or its audience? Are white lies permissible, and if so, when? What does the well-off individual owe the homeless man on the corner? Out-of-town visitors to Edinburgh Americans, no less provide further touchstones for all manner of ethical mulling as well as the grist of the book's mystery: does Angie, a young, inscrutable woman betrothed to a wealthy Dallas bachelor, Tom Bruce, have her eyes set on true love or money? At times Isabel's intense dedication to mindfulness borders on the didactic, but love comes to the rescue, nicely illustrating the book's most important philosophical puzzle: how is it that people find real happiness, and what does it have to do with loving rather than thinking?" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The third novel featuring well-to-do and somewhat-nosy philosopher Isabel Dalhousie continues McCall Smith's exploration of the rights and wrongs of everyday life, with Isabel's thoughtful presence providing decidedly more intellectual punch than the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. When Jamie, a young musician, begins to show interest in Isabel, her stirred feelings threaten to overwhelm her even keel, throwing her into ethical crisis. To what degree are our lives dictated by biological imperatives and desires? Does the meaning of art arise from the art itself or its audience? Are white lies permissible, and if so, when? What does the well-off individual owe the homeless man on the corner? Out-of-town visitors to Edinburgh — Americans, no less — provide further touchstones for all manner of ethical mulling as well as the grist of the book's mystery: does Angie, a young, inscrutable woman betrothed to a wealthy Dallas bachelor, Tom Bruce, have her eyes set on true love or money? At times Isabel's intense dedication to mindfulness borders on the didactic, but love comes to the rescue, nicely illustrating the book's most important philosophical puzzle: how is it that people find real happiness, and what does it have to do with loving rather than thinking? (Sept. 19)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Charmingly told...Its graceful prose shines, and Isabel's interior monologues — meditations on a variety of moral questions — are bemused, intelligent, and entertaining."
"Review" by , "McCall Smith's assessments of fellow humans are piercing and profound. [His] depictions of Edinburgh are vivid and seamless....His fans are sure to embrace these moral peregrinations among the plaid."
"Synopsis" by , When friends from Dallas arrive in Edinburgh and introduce Isabel Dalhousie to Tom Bruce--a bigwig at home in Texas--several confounding situations unfurl at once. Isabel is certain of the ethical basis for a little sleuthing now and again, especially when the problems involve matters of the heart.
"Synopsis" by , The delectable new installment in the best-selling and beloved adventures of Isabel Dalhousie.

When Mimi, Isabels cousin from Dallas, arrives in Edinburgh with her husband, Joe, several confounding situations unfurl. First, Mimi and Joe introduce Isabel to Tom Bruce-a bigwig back home in Texas. The roving eye of Toms young fiancée leads Isabel to believe that money may be at the root of her love for Tom. But what, Isabel wonders, is at the root of Toms interest in Isabel herself? Then there are the feelings that Isabel has for Jamie, which are certainly hard to ignore. And she mustnt forget about her niece, Cat, whos busy falling for a man whom Isabel suspects of being an incorrigible mamas boy.

Of course, Jamie counsels Isabel to stay out of it all, but there are irresistible philosophical issues at stake-when to tell the truth and when to keep ones mouth shut, to be precise-and philosophical issues are meat and drink to Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics. In any case, Isabel is certain of the ethical basis for a little sleuthing now and again-especially when the problems involve matters of the heart.

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