The Charming Quirks of Others by Alexander McCall Smith
An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

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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.


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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 October 12, 2010 by Anchor. 266 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Along the way, she’ll have to deal with her fiancé Jamie’s temptation by dying cellist Prue McKay, her niece Cat’s latest problematic boyfriend, her plan to bid on a Raeburn canvas picturing a long-dead relative and, of course, the latest schemes of Professors Robert Lettuce and Christopher Dove,...

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Edinburgh moral philosopher Isabel Dalhousie's seventh round of adventures among ethical conundrums (The Lost Art of Gratitude, 2009, etc.) marks her finest hour to date.

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Publishers Weekly

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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 sati

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Publishers Weekly

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Isabel, moral philosopher and amateur detective, living in McCall Smith’s Edenic Edinburgh, has plenty of time between investigations to ponder the pettiness of her neighbors and engage in self-introspection.

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Book Reporter

What you will find is an Isabel Dalhousie rumination on the beiges and grays of human character, this time focusing on her being pressed into conducting an informal inquiry into the short list of candidates for headmaster of an exclusive boy’s school near Edinburgh.

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Book Reporter

What you will find is an Isabel Dalhousie rumination on the beiges and grays of human character, this time focusing on her being pressed into conducting an informal inquiry into the short list of candidates for headmaster of an exclusive boy’s school near Edinburgh.

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The Washington Times

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The literary odyssey of Alexander McCall Smith now stretches from Botswana to Scotland with a stop in London, and this latest dissection of moral ethics by Isabel Dalhousie in Scotland may make the reader miss the less-pretentious philosophizing of Precious Ramotswe in Africa.

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The Washington Times

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The literary odyssey of Alexander McCall Smith now stretches from Botswana to Scotland with a stop in London, and this latest dissection of moral ethics by Isabel Dalhousie in Scotland may make the reader miss the less-pretentious philosophizing of Precious Ramotswe in Africa.

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Los Angeles Times

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Jamie, a cellist, is significantly younger than Isabel and once dated Isabel's niece Cat, the former of which gives Isabel considerably more anxiety than the lingering awkwardness with her niece.

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Los Angeles Times

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The author makes a return visit to his genteel Edinburgh sleuth Isabel Dalhousie. Yes, it meanders a bit, but where's the crime in that?

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The Bookbag

Isabel does face an interesting situation with Jamie in this book, although she behaves rather jumpily, leaping from one conclusion to the next, her mind racing ahead to what might have happened, not just with Jamie but also in her investigations for the poison pen letter.

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Scotsman.com

Less excusably, the conspicuous moral dubiety of Isabel's indiscretion is absorbed without further comment into the novel's weave of knitted brow conversations - quasi tutorials on the nature of identity, on freedom of choice, the limits of trust in everyday life, and what it means to live in the...

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