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Kari, December 28, 2012 (view all comments by Kari)
I love how well he describes Scotland, and I want
to go back. I also like how relaxing these are to read. It's like there is a mystery
going on in the background and the story is really about the people and their
real lives. I like the pace of these books too, there's no hurry and I know it'll get
sorted out by the end. I don't feel anxious to figure out what happened, and
I doubt Isabel does either.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307907332
Author:
Mccall Smith, Alexander
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Author:
McCall Smith, Alexander
Author:
Smith, Alexander McCall
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;mystery;scotland;isabel dalhousie;edinburgh;philosophy;art theft
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.7 x 1.12 in 0.9 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Smith's delightful ninth novel featuring Isabel Dalhousie (after 2011's The Forgotten Affairs of Youth), Isabel, 'somebody who sorts out people's difficulties' when she's not editing the Review of Applied Ethics, assists a wealthy Scottish gentleman, Duncan Munrowe, with a tricky situation. One of Munrowe's favorite paintings, a Poussin, has been stolen, and he wants her help in dealing with the thieves (there's talk of a ransom). A minor subplot involves the endearing Eddie, who works in her niece Cat's deli, and his romantic woes. The almost too-good-to-be-true Isabel does her usual thing — talking, listening, and puzzling through the ethical implications of things — to bring about a fitting, and just, resolution. With his usual deft hand, Smith conjures characters with a few lines — housekeeper Grace with her short fuse is particularly alive — and he has a knack for combining light comedy and serious thought. The plot (not untypically for the series or the author) is as gossamer thin as even the thinnest clouds, though it's a pleasure to watch it scudding past. Agent: Robin Straus. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , The newest addition—the ninth!—to Alexander McCall Smith's ever-delightful Isabel Dalhousie series.

Isabel is asked to help a wealthy Scottish landowner who has been robbed of a valuable painting. This painting, by the celebrated French artist Nicolas Poussin, had been earmarked for ultimate donation to the Scottish National Gallery. The owner is uncomfortable about an approach he has received from the thieves and hopes that Isabel will assist him. She agrees—in spite of the misgivings of her husband, Jamie. There is also the question of the thieves' identities. Could they be people who are rather close to the owner? It begins to look as if this may be so . . . Against the backdrop of this intriguing case, Isabel leads her day-to-day life, coping with issues small and large. One small issue is whether her three-year-old son, Charlie, is a budding mathematical genius—and what should be done about it. And then there is the question of whether she should help a young man employed in her niece's delicatessen to live with his girlfriend against the wishes of the girlfriend's parents. The answers to both of these questions test Isabel's qualities as a parent, a philosopher, and a friend.

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