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The lost art of gratitude Isabel Dalhousie Series, Book 6

by McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-

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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. The sensational sixth installment in the best-selling chronicles of the irrepressibly curious Isabel Dalhousie finds our inquisitive heroine and new mother racing two very troublesome people from her past. Isabel's son, Charlie, is only eighteen months, but his social life is already kicking into high gear, and it's at a birthday party, where Isabel is approached by Minty Auchterlonie, an old adversary and now a high-flying financier. Minty, it seems, is having trouble in her personal life, and seeks Isabel's help. To make matters worse, the anything but peaceable Professor Dove has accused Isabel's journal of plagiarism. There is also the ever-pressing question of the future of her relationship with Jamie. As always, she makes her way toward the heart of each problem by philosophizing, sleuthing, and downright snooping as only she can.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In the sixth installment of McCall Smith's engaging series, Scottish moral philosopher Isabel Dalhousie dotes on her 18-month-old child, Charlie, and addresses some very adult issues, too. The most pressing among them is the pedantic and oh-so-annoying Professor Christopher Dove, who has accused Isabel of plagiarism. (The charge is completely unfounded, and as Isabel's sleuthing suggests, Professor Dove may have committed some academic sins of his own.) Then there's prickly financier Minty Auchterlonie, who speaks to Isabel about a very personal matter but can she be trusted? On the domestic front, Isabel's niece has a new boyfriend, a stuntman whose voice is as tightly wound as the tightrope he walks. Jamie, Isabel's much younger lover and the father of Charlie, has a very important question for Isabel. And Charlie says his first word. (Hint: it's a cocktail garnish.) Whether she's pondering a deep philosophical conundrum or helping a friend in need, charming Isabel always has the best intentions, even if she sometimes seems to be interfering. You can't help yourself, says a neighbor and confidant. Luckily for readers, Isabel seems destined to meddle indefinitely. If McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency entries are his love letter to Botswana, the Scotland-based series is a paean to his home of Edinburgh, an eclectic metropolis brimming with history, mystery, and life.--Block, Allison Copyright 2009 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Smith's quietly triumphant sixth novel to feature Scottish philosopher Isabel Dalhousie (after 2008's The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday) shows that Isabel and the author's other, better-known female sleuth-Precious Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series-are sisters under the skin, despite obvious differences. Minty Auchterlonie, who once alerted Isabel to some insider trading, fears someone is out to get her. The tax authorities have suddenly investigated Minty, and an unknown party has sent her a funeral wreath. When Isabel looks into these provocative acts, she draws on lessons learned from the journal she edits, the Review of Applied Ethics, to arrive at the complex truth behind them. Meanwhile, the father of Isabel's young son proposes marriage, and a defeated academic rival accuses her of knowingly publishing plagiarism. Smith's trademark humor and telling observations about people heighten the appeal. (Sept. 22) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Isabel Dalhousie.
Features Isabel Dalhousie, a curious philosopher and female amateur detective in Edinburgh
#1 - The Sunday philosophy club
#2 - Friends, lovers, chocolate
#3 - The Right attitude to rain
#4 - The Careful use of compliments
#5 - The Comforts of a muddy Saturday
#6 - The Lost art of gratitude
#7 - The Charming quirks of others
#8 - The Forgotten affairs of youth
#9 - The Uncommon appeal of clouds
#10 - The Novel habits of happiness
#11 - A Distant view of everything
#12 - The Quiet side of passion
Subjects Literature
Electronic books.
Mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group2009
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Format: Kindle Book
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Description 1 online resource.
ISBN 9780307378576
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