The Forgotten Affairs of Youth by Alexander McCall Smith
An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (8)

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ISABEL DALHOUSIE - Book 8

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.

In this latest installment of the beloved Isabel Dalhousie series, our inquisitive heroine helps a new friend discover the identity of her father.

Isabel and her fiancé know who they are and where they come from. But not everybody is so fortunate. Jane Cooper, a visiting Australian philosopher on sabbatical in Edinburgh, has more questions than answers. Adopted at birth, Jane is trying to find her biological father, but all she knows about him is that he was a student in Edinburgh years ago. When she asks for Isabel’s help in this seemingly impossible search . . . well, of course Isabel obliges.

But Isabel also manages to find time for her own concerns: her young son, Charlie, already walking and talking; her housekeeper, Grace, whose spiritualist has lately been doubling as a financial advisor; her niece Cat’s latest relationship; and the pressing question of when and how Isabel and Jamie should finally get married.

Should the forgotten affairs of youth be left in the past, or can the memories help us understand the present? In her inimitable way, Isabel leads us to a new understanding of the meaning of family.




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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 December 6, 2011 by Anchor. 290 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie's cases often register low on the crime meter, but this one—the search for a new acquaintance's father—is 100 percent felony-free.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this latest installment of McCall Smith’s Isabel Dalhousie series, when an Australian philosopher named Jane Cooper comes to Edinburgh, she asks Isabel to trace her family history.

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Publishers Weekly

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The task is deceptively easy and never comes close to matching the confounding mysteries of Isabel’s niece’s fickle heart, the wisdom of ratting her out to health officials for a batch of toxic mushrooms, the impermanence of the greatest love of her life, or how to raise her adorable toddler ...

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BC Books

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Alexander McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie returns in the charming The Forgotten Affairs of Youth.

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BC Books

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There are some side issues involving her niece Cat, a recurring character in the series, and her coffee shop, a pompous troublemaking colleague, and even a bit about financial speculating by Isabel and her housekeeper, but by and large these are minor elements.

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BC Books

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You don't read these books to find out "who done it," you read them for the pleasure of spending a few hours following a sensitive, intellectual woman as she roams around Edinburgh speculating ingeniously about everything from moral responsibility to aesthetics and metaphysics.

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Book Reporter

Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie owns a growing reputation for solving problems of a personal nature, often for total strangers.

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The Washington Times

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She's back, that verbose Scottish philosopher Isabel Dalhousie who has never been known to use 100 words when 2,000 would do.

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The Bookbag

Summary: The eighth in the Isabel Dalhousie series is thankfully back up to standard after the disappointment of the seventh.

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Seattle PI

There are some side issues involving her niece Cat, a recurring character in the series, and her coffee shop, a pompous troublemaking colleague, and even a bit about financial speculating by Isabel and her housekeeper, but by and large these are minor elements.

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We Love This Book

Followers of Dr Dalhousie’s previous exploits will not be disappointed, but neither will newcomers to the series as the mystery at the centre of the novel is intriguing from the outset, drawing us into the cosy world of Isabel’s Edinburgh and its unusual cast of characters.

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Portland Book Review

The family mystery that Isabel investigates is interesting enough but the side plot with her cousin Cat gets tiresome after a while (as does Isabel herself).

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Las Vegas Review Journal

Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie ponders these concepts at the core of human existence in "The Forgotten Affairs of Youth," the latest novel in Alexander McCall Smith’s series about the inquisitive Scot with the quite-a-bit-younger boyfriend and toddler baby, Charlie-who-loves-olives.

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