The Lost Art of Gratitude by Alexander McCall Smith
An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

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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.
The sensational sixth installment in the best-selling chronicles of the irrepressibly curious Isabel Dalhousie finds our inquisitive heroine and new mother racing two very troublesome people from her past.

Isabel’s son, Charlie, is only eighteen months, but his social life is already kicking into high gear, and it's at a birthday party, where Isabel is approached by Minty Auchterlonie, an old adversary and now a high-flying financier. Minty, it seems, is having trouble in her personal life, and seeks Isabel's help. To make matters worse, the anything but peaceable Professor Dove has accused Isabel's journal of plagiarism.  There is also the ever-pressing question of the future of her relationship with Jamie. As always, she makes her way toward the heart of each problem by philosophizing, sleuthing, and downright snooping as only she can.

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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.
Published September 21, 2009 by Anchor. 290 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Harriet's search leads to some amusingly madcap moments: Aunt Veronica, who performs as a strong woman in a circus, saves Harriet's dad from an elephant's stranglehold.

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But Minty, a powerful, wealthy investment banker who moves in the same social circles as Isabel, seems determined to reestablish their relationship and invites Isabel and Charlie to her son’s birthday party.

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Early in the sixth novel in Alexander McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie series, the title character -- an Edinburgh philosopher and well-meaning intervener in the affairs of others -- makes a comment that suggests the kind of entertainment "The Lost Art of Gratitude" is going to be.

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I remember when I read the first Sunday Philosophy Club book that I was initially a little unsure about Isabel.

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Isabel doesn't care for Minty, but rather than see a soul in pain, she acts as her emissary, only to hear from Dundas that Minty has deliberately misconstrued the situation and there is far more to the story than she is telling.

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PoorBest I usually enjoy Alexander McCall Smith’s books about Isabel Dalhousie, the Scottish philosopher.

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