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The Charming Quirks of Others (Isabel Dalhousie Series) (edition 2011)

by Alexander McCall Smith (Author)

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Title:The Charming Quirks of Others (Isabel Dalhousie Series)
Authors:Alexander McCall Smith (Author)
Info:Anchor (2011), Edition: Reprint, 272 pages
Collections:Read in 2019, The Unread Shelf, Read, Your library
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Tags:Scotland, 21st century, school

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Charmingly written, a comfort book which leads one gently to reflect on several topics, one of which is forgiveness. "There are so many grudges we can hold against the pst and for the love and approval that we did not get from it. But if we forgive, then the past can lost its power to hurt." (p.134). But less you think that Pollyanna had a hand in writing this, Mr. Smith also writes "then it is because somewhere within ourselves we have an outrageous part: a dark twin in whose mind thoughts of infidelity, carnal excess, selfishness dwell with ease and naturalness."
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  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
Perhaps this book suffered from being read close after the latest in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, which I enjoyed soooo much more. This seemed to be a weak addition to the Dalhousie series; certainly none of the characters was made more attractive in it. The beautiful Jamie sounded like a weepy wimp and Isabel was making a lot of overly quick & incorrect judgements. 2-1/2 stars ( )
  Siubhan | Feb 28, 2018 |
Alexander McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie Series are in a word; amazing! They are cleverly written, humorous and always follow a positive moral code. Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher, editor, mother and wife-to-be. She also has a fox called Brother Fox living in her back garden in the heart of Edinburgh. Each story follows a line of mystery in which Isabel plays the amateur detective, usually with heart-warming and hilarious conclusions.

This particular story follows Isabel's insights into being a mother of a young boy, the troubles of having a persistent woman attempting to steal her husband-to-be and a group of prospective headteachers each keeping potentially risky secrets into which she is asked to 'look into'. Or do they?

Alexander McCall Smith is a clever, FANTASTIC writer and I'd recommend any and all of his books!

(Also, just to clarify - this is not the first book of the Isabel Dalhousie Novels, the first is called The Sunday Philosophy Club.)

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  Charlotte1162 | Nov 29, 2017 |
Isabel did some uncharacteristic things in this novel. Also, lots of coincidences. ( )
  Virginia-A | Dec 21, 2016 |
Interesting. This was the first book I've read in this mystery series (it's the seventh). I really enjoyed the writing style - the protagonist is a philosophical ethicist, and the main point of the book is really to allow her to muse on whatever topic happens to cross her mind. Occasionally she comes across as a bit overly saintly, but overall her thoughts are both witty and enjoyable, and make for an unusually convincing representation of an extremely smart character. (Too often, in fiction, a reader is merely told that a character is very intelligent, but they don't do anything to prove it.)
That said, the plot is very thin. The pretext for the protagonist to be doing the investigation is rather flimsy, and the investigation itself isn't that exciting (a background check on a number of candidates for a school administrator's position). A subplot about the worry that her fiancee might be cheating on her wasn't of that much interest, either, and was a little unconvincing... maybe it would have made more sense if I'd read the previous books, but she seemed to be acting like a much more inexperienced woman than a fifty-ish divorcee.
I'll read more of this series if I come across them, but won't go out of my way to hunt them down. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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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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A couple who are old friends of Isabel Dalhousie's ask for her help in a rather tricky situation: A successor is being sought for the headmaster position at their alma mater. The board has four 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?… (more)

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