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The Charming Quirks of Others: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (7) (original 2010; edition 2011)

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Title:The Charming Quirks of Others: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (7)
Authors:Alexander McCall Smith
Info:Anchor (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 272 pages
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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 |
If you enjoy the previous novels in this series you will like this one too, slightly more plot than usual so one of the better ones. ( )
  Superenigmatix | Jan 16, 2016 |
Another good time spent with my friends Isabele, Jamie and Charlie in Edinburgh. As usual Isabele gets involved unraveling a mystery. ( )
  GeoffSC | May 31, 2015 |
This book was another good addition to the story. Jamie and Isabel are still not married, but for all the non-fuss they want to put into it, they're still too busy to plan it. I am beginning to think the author is putting it off on purpose. The mystery part of it was a little more interesting than some, but ended up totally different than Isabel or I expected. ( )
  eliorajoy | Aug 10, 2014 |
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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.

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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