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    9780739377819 Paperback / softback, Trade, , $28.95 CAD 9780307399564 Hardback, $29.95 CAD 9780307399588 Electronic book text, Reflowable, , EPUB
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Isabel Dalhousie Series
The Charming Quirks of Others
An Isabel Dalhousie Novel
9780307399571 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths Nov 01, 2011
$19.95 CAD
Active 5.16 x 7.96 x 0.8 in 272 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Vintage Canada
The seventh installment in the beloved chronicles of Isabel Dalhousie finds our inquisitive heroine facing new intellectual challenges, but buoyed by her recent engagement to the nearly perfect Jamie.

After having dinner with Jamie, Isabel is approached by a pair of old friends, asking her to help them in a rather tricky situation. A successor is being sought for the headmaster position at their alma mater. The board has four final candidates. They received an anonymous letter, however, alleging that one of them has a very serious skeleton in their closet. Could Isabel discreetly look into it? The answer is of course, yes. Although for Isabel the whole investigation is even more revealing: she finds herself attracted to one of the candidates, which complicates her life immeasurably because she is engaged to Jamie, the father of her young son.

Dealing with issues of charity, forgiveness and humility, Isabel's most recent investigation is a revealing look at the need we all have to keep a little bit of ourselves hidden.


From the Hardcover edition.

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. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and was a law professor at the University of Botswana.

“Readers of the previous volumes will find the same quiet delights.... Even the quotidian becomes interesting in Smith’s deft hands.” People

“Crisp, often funny prose complements the author’s limitless reserve of good will and understanding of people in general.” Publishers Weekly

“[McCall Smith’s] sly observations on the human condition remain warm and intelligent, and the evocative description of the Scottish cityscape is utterly beguiling.” Library Journal

“Marks [Isabel Dalhousie’s] finest hour to date.... A powerful demonstration of Smith’s ability to dramatize the ways everyday situations spawn the ethical dilemmas that keep philosophers in business.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“If this were music, it would be praised and played at daybreak, admired for its sinuousness and structure.” The Scotsman

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