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The Charming Quirks of Others (Isabel Dalhousie Mysteries)

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ISABEL DALHOUSIE - Book 7

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.

Isabel has been asked for her help in a rather tricky situation: A successor is being sought for the headmaster at a local boys’ school. The board has three final candidates but has received an anonymous letter alleging that one of them has a very serious skeleton in the closet. Could Isabel discreetly look into it? And so she does. What she discovers about all the candidates is surprising, but what she discovers about herself and about Jamie, the father of her young son, turns out to be equally revealing.

 

Isabel’s investigation will have her exploring issues of ambition, as well as of charity, forgiveness, and humility, as she moves nearer and nearer to some of the most hidden precincts of the heart.

 

Here is Isabel Dalhousie at her beguiling best: intelligent, insightful, and with a unique understanding of the quirks of human nature.

Review:

"While Smith's seventh novel featuring Scottish philosopher and woman of means Isabel Dalhousie (after The Lost Art of Gratitude) doesn't break new ground, the author's many fans will be more than satisfied to follow the small events of Isabel's life, in particular her struggle to come to terms with her own imperfections. Much to Isabel's dismay, Prue, a cellist with a terminal illness who's a professional colleague of her bassoonist fiancé, Jamie, has been making ever greater demands on the good-natured Jamie. An angry Isabel eventually accuses Jamie of sleeping with Prue. Meanwhile, Isabel agrees to dig into the background of three candidates for headmaster at an Edinburgh boys' school after an anonymous letter claims that one of them has a skeleton in his closet. If chance more than a logical strategy leads Isabel to resolve this issue, her investigation leads her to valuable insights into human nature. As usual, crisp, often funny prose complements the author's limitless reserve of good will and understanding of people in general. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

A couple who are old friends of Isabel's ask for her help in a rather tricky situation: A successor is being sought for the headmaster position at their alma mater, and one of the finalists has a very serious skeleton in the closet. Could Isabel discreetly look into it?

Synopsis:

In this latest and most felicitous addition to the Isabel Dalhousie series, our  inquisitive heroine comes to see that there are very few of us who are not flawed . . . herself included.

 

Isabel has been asked for her help in a rather tricky situation: A successor is being sought for the headmaster at a local boys’ school. The board has three final candidates but has received an anonymous letter alleging that one of them has a very serious skeleton in the closet. Could Isabel discreetly look into it? And so she does. What she discovers about all the candidates is surprising, but what she discovers about herself and about Jamie, the father of her young son, turns out to be equally revealing.

 

Isabel’s investigation will have her exploring issues of ambition, as well as of charity, forgiveness, and humility, as she moves nearer and nearer to some of the most hidden precincts of the heart.

 

Here is Isabel Dalhousie at her beguiling best: intelligent, insightful, and with a unique understanding of the quirks of human nature.

About the Author

ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH is also the author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He lives in Scotland. Visit his Web site at www. alexandermccallsmith.com.

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ashevillelibrarian, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by ashevillelibrarian)
Long a devotee of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, I took a while to warm to Mccall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie series. But once I did I read every one in quick succession and have been delighted with each. The characters are unforgettable and the books smart and moving. Perfect reads...but expensive, as you'll surely want to travel to Edinburgh within a few pages.
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Bookwomyn, November 15, 2010 (view all comments by Bookwomyn)
Isabel Dalhousie is my favorite character created by McCall Smith. She's smart and independent - a woman who has a much younger man in her life (and a son by him) and also does investigative work on the side. She's an editor of an ethics magazine and applies ethical solutions to every day problems. Others may prefer the series about the African female detective (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)but I enjoy the Philosophy stories too. These gentle stories contain no violence, profanity, murders or other unpleasantness. They're refreshing and sweet. Ok so he's not the world's best author but his stories make for a pleasant Sunday afternoon session on the couch with your dog and a cozy blanket. At least they don't give you nightmares!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307379177
Author:
Smith, Alexander Mccall
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Author:
McCall Smith, Alexander
Author:
Smith, Alexander McCall
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Isabel Dalhousie Mysteries
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.55 x 5.8 x .98 in .85 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "While Smith's seventh novel featuring Scottish philosopher and woman of means Isabel Dalhousie (after The Lost Art of Gratitude) doesn't break new ground, the author's many fans will be more than satisfied to follow the small events of Isabel's life, in particular her struggle to come to terms with her own imperfections. Much to Isabel's dismay, Prue, a cellist with a terminal illness who's a professional colleague of her bassoonist fiancé, Jamie, has been making ever greater demands on the good-natured Jamie. An angry Isabel eventually accuses Jamie of sleeping with Prue. Meanwhile, Isabel agrees to dig into the background of three candidates for headmaster at an Edinburgh boys' school after an anonymous letter claims that one of them has a skeleton in his closet. If chance more than a logical strategy leads Isabel to resolve this issue, her investigation leads her to valuable insights into human nature. As usual, crisp, often funny prose complements the author's limitless reserve of good will and understanding of people in general. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , A couple who are old friends of Isabel's ask for her help in a rather tricky situation: A successor is being sought for the headmaster position at their alma mater, and one of the finalists has a very serious skeleton in the closet. Could Isabel discreetly look into it?
"Synopsis" by , In this latest and most felicitous addition to the Isabel Dalhousie series, our  inquisitive heroine comes to see that there are very few of us who are not flawed . . . herself included.

 

Isabel has been asked for her help in a rather tricky situation: A successor is being sought for the headmaster at a local boys’ school. The board has three final candidates but has received an anonymous letter alleging that one of them has a very serious skeleton in the closet. Could Isabel discreetly look into it? And so she does. What she discovers about all the candidates is surprising, but what she discovers about herself and about Jamie, the father of her young son, turns out to be equally revealing.

 

Isabel’s investigation will have her exploring issues of ambition, as well as of charity, forgiveness, and humility, as she moves nearer and nearer to some of the most hidden precincts of the heart.

 

Here is Isabel Dalhousie at her beguiling best: intelligent, insightful, and with a unique understanding of the quirks of human nature.

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