A Distant View of Everything by Alexander McCall Smith
An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (11) (Isabel Dalhousie Series)

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Readers concerned with living their lives morally and responsibly will continue to be fascinated by the questions raised through Isobel’s adventures, and perhaps even guided by them to better solutions in their own lives.
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When a matchmaker begins to question her latest match, Isabel Dalhousie is called upon to help.
 
A new baby brings an abundance of joy to Isabel and her husband, Jamie—but almost-four-year-old Charlie is none too keen on his newborn brother. In fact, he refuses to acknowledge Magnus, and Isabel must find a way to impress upon her older son the patience and understanding that have served as guiding principles in her own life.
 
These are the very qualities that bring Bea Shandon, an old acquaintance of Isabel’s, to seek her help in a tricky situation. Something of a matchmaker, Bea has introduced a wealthy female friend to a cosmetic surgeon at her most recent dinner party. Then new information comes to light about the surgeon that causes Bea to doubt his motives and the auspiciousness of the match. Isabel agrees to find out more, but as her enquiries take an unexpected turn, she starts to wonder whom exactly she should be investigating. As ever, Isabel’s intelligence, quick wit and deep empathy will come to her aid as she grapples with the issues that are her bread and butter: friendship and its duties, the obligation of truthfulness, and the importance of perspective.
 

About Alexander McCall Smith

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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. www.alexandermccallsmith.com
 
Published July 18, 2017 by Pantheon. 257 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on May 15 2017

“I have a tendency, I’m afraid, to think at a bit of a tangent,” the heroine confesses. Like-minded readers will fasten onto her latest plot-seasoned ruminations as manna from heaven.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Carolyn Haley on Jul 31 2017

Readers concerned with living their lives morally and responsibly will continue to be fascinated by the questions raised through Isobel’s adventures, and perhaps even guided by them to better solutions in their own lives.

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