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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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The Charming Quirks of Others by Alexander McCall Smith (2010)




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This series of books I find very warm and comforting. I always feel like my life has received a little "up tick" when I read Alexander McCall Smith.

I would advise starting with the first in this series. And I highly recommend the Audible.com read-out-load version of Smith's books. ( )
  Benedict8 | Jul 16, 2014 |
When the chairman of the board of governors of a school receives an anonymous poison pen letter about the candidates for the headmastership, his wife asks Isabel Dalhousie to investigate discreetly.

I felt myself relaxing more and more as Alexander McCall Smith's Edinburgh atmosphere worked its magic again. The first chapter had me giggling all the way through and then just basked in the minutiae of Isabel's life and gentle, kind, musings. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Jun 7, 2014 |
Very entertaining... good light reading
  Crossman | Aug 23, 2013 |
I've finally had enough of Isabel Dalhousie, a moral philosopher who, in spite of her knowledge of and love for philosophy has an overflowing cauldron of personal guilt, an infinitesimal conviction of self worth, and a complete ability to give the benefit of the doubt to everyone except those she loves. If philosophy does no more for one than that, perhaps ignorance would be preferable. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | Dec 4, 2012 |
Nothing much ever happens in these books, but they draw you in nevertheless. The mystery, as usual, is not central to the story and not taken very seriously. The heart of the story is Isabel's relationship with young Jamie and her new baby and her delightfully reflective and usual take on the ordinary things people do. A very unusual style, but an appealing one. In this particular entry in the series, I found the mystery to be a bit more forced and Isabel's involvement more awkward than usual, so I docked the rating a bit. I still will continue to read the next one! ( )
  hjjugovic | May 17, 2012 |
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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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