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A Distant View of Everything by Alexander…
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Another wonderful visit with Isabel Dalhousie in Edinburgh. Love the concept of moral proximity and other ethical questions explored. ( )
  ioplibrarian | Aug 26, 2018 |
Isobel is busy with her journal and with two children and occasionally helping out in Cat's deli. However she lets a friend entice her into yet another investigation. The friend is a matchmaker who has heard rumors that a man she introduced to another friend is a gold digger. Is it true? Isobel also confronts issues of truth and trust within her marriage.
  ritaer | May 24, 2018 |
There's never much story to these books, but I always end them feeling like I just had a nice coffee and check in with a friend. This series is pure comfort for me with the bonus of a few lines that make me really sit back and think for a bit. ( )
  duchessjlh | Mar 29, 2018 |
People come to Isabel Dalhousie to help solve problems. She’s not an attorney or a detective – she’s a philosopher and editor of a professional journal about “applied ethics.”

An acquaintance, Bea Shandon likes to play matchmaker. But she believes that she has made a matchmaking mistake. After she introduces the two people and they really seem to hit it off, Bea learns that the man may be preying on wealthy women. She has no evidence, except for hearsay/gossip, but she’s concerned nonetheless. She trusts Isabel to be discreet about her inquiries. Although Isabel is busy enough with her editing work, and with her two sons, one a toddler and the other just a few months old, she decides to take on the job, unpaid though it is.

This series is not for readers who like action. In fact, most of the book is Isabel’s internal dialogue. A Distant View of Everything will please fans AND new readers who enjoy a slow read that provides much food for thought. ( )
  NewsieQ | Mar 21, 2018 |
A pleasant read in an ongoing series (#11), thin plot but some wonderful lines. ( )
  MM_Jones | Oct 24, 2017 |
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"In this latest installment of Alexander McCall Smith's ever-delightful and perennially best-selling series, amateur sleuth and philosopher Isabel Dalhousie is called upon to help when a matchmaker begins to question her latest match. A new baby brings an abundance of joy to Isabel Dalhousie and her husband, Jamie--but Isabel's almost four-year-old son, Charlie, is none too keen on his newborn brother. In fact, Charlie 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, of course, the qualities that bring Rosemary Hipple, an old acquaintance of Isabel's, to seek her help in a tricky situation. Rosemary is something of a matchmakerand has brought together a cosmetic surgeon and a successful banker at her most recent dinner party. But new information comes to light about the cosmetic surgeon that causes Rosemary to doubt the auspiciousness of the match. Isabel agrees to find out more, but her inquiries takean unexpected turn, and she starts to wonder which of the two she should be investigating after all. As ever, her intelligence, quick wit, and deep empathy for others 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"--… (more)

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