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Friends, lovers, chocolate an Isabel Dalhousie mystery

by McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-

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When her niece Cat travels to a wedding in Italy, Isabel agrees to fill in at Cat's delicatessen. She takes note of a customer named Ian, who is avoiding chocolate--doctors say it's bad for the new heart he recently recieved. Ian is haunted by memories he can't quite place, prompting Isabel to wonder if his new heart may be the cause. Always keenly interested in matters of the heart, Isabel investigates and discovers some rather surprising truths
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Moral dilemmas and mysteries of the heart suffuse this second installment from the Sunday Philosophy Club , Scotsman McCall Smith's latest series following the wildly popular No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Fortysomething Scottish-American moral philosopher Isabel Dalhousie seems destined to become entangled in other people's lives. It's not nosiness, she tells herself. After all, isn't it human nature to want to help fellow souls in distress? There's dapper psychologist Ian, whose newly transplanted heart prompts troubling visions. And Isabel's niece, Cat, with her tendency to take up with the wrong kind of men (the latest is Salvatore, a dashing Italian who drives a vintage Bugatti. A breaker of speed limits--and hearts, says Isabel.). Pondering these prickly predicaments makes the perfect complement to Isabel's part-time work as editor of the Review of Applied Ethics. It also keeps her mind off her own solitary state (if only sensitive bassoonist Jamie were a bit older . . .). Fans of McCall Smith are sure to savor this wise and whimsical offering filled with lively descriptions of Edinburgh and droll moral observations: Isabel did not approve of promiscuity, which she thought made a mockery of our duty to cherish and respect others; an emotional fast food, really, which one would not wish on anybody. But at the same time one should not starve oneself. --Allison Block Copyright 2005 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The second installment of McCall Smith's Sunday Philosophy Club series sports a charmingly meandering plot and winningly hyperverbal characters-no surprise to fans of Isabel Dalhousie's debut, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, or any of McCall Smith's 50-plus titles. Once again, Edinburgh's Dalhousie, intrepid editor of a philosophy journal, finds herself analyzing other people's problems when asked to fill in for her niece Cat, at Cat's gourmet food shop-cum-delicatessen. At the shop, Isabel meets Ian, who is haunted by visions of a man he comes to believe must be the murdered donor of his transplanted heart. As McCall Smith lovingly takes Isabel sleuthing across Edinburgh, the donor's stepfather (a man Ian has never seen) turns out to look much like the man of Ian's nightmares. Meanwhile, Cat's romantic rejects find their way, via the shop, into Isabel's social set, including former major beau Jamie, a classical musician who, though 15 years younger, becomes Isabel's confidant. A delicious mix of the unlikely and the tried-and-true, this latest cozy from an undisputed master will make readers feel just that. 9-city author tour. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Isabel Dalhousie series, 2
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 Dalhousie, Isabel (Fictitious character) Fiction
Women editors Fiction
Heart Transplantation Patients Fiction
Italians Scotland Fiction
Delicatessens Fiction
Housekeepers Fiction
Nieces Fiction
Edinburgh (Scotland) Fiction.
Electronic books.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group2005
Edition First American edition.
Other Titles Friends, lovers, chocolate
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9780375423925
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