In this latest installment of Alexander McCall Smith's ever-delightful and perennially best-selling series, amateur sleuth and philosopher Isabel Dalhousie is called upon to help when a matchmaker begins to question her latest match. A new baby brings an abundance of joy to Isabel Dalhousie and her husband, Jamie-but Isabel's almost four-year-old son, Charlie, is none too keen on his newborn brother. In fact, Charlie refuses to acknowledge Magnus, and Isabel must find a way to impress upon her older son the patience and understanding that have served as guiding principles in her own life. These are, of course, the qualities that bring Rosemary Hipple, an old acquaintance of Isabel's, to seek her help in a tricky situation. Rosemary is something of a matchmaker and has brought together a cosmetic surgeon and a successful banker at her most recent dinner party. But new information comes to light about the cosmetic surgeon that causes Rosemary to doubt the auspiciousness of the match. Isabel agrees to find out more, but her inquiries take an unexpected turn, and she starts to wonder which of the two she should be investigating after all. As ever, her intelligence, quick wit, and deep empathy for others will come to her aid as she grapples with the issues that are her bread and butter: friendship and its duties, the obligation of truthfulness, and the importance of perspective.
"Of the endlessly inventive McCall Smith's three longest-running series the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, 44 Scotland Street, and the Isabel Dalhousie novels the Dalhousie series may be the one that's hardest to get into. It's hard not to love gutsy Precious Ramotswe, founder of the Botswana detective agency, and it's hard to resist the denizens of Edinburgh's Scotland Street as their lives collide. But Isabel is a different matter. She's an Edinburgh philosopher, left a fortune by her father and a gorgeous husband by fate. She's a bit standoffish and very wrapped up in her thoughts, which constantly intrude on the action. The latest has a promising plot opener, with a matchmaker friend of Isabel's begging her to investigate whether a plastic surgeon she's fixed up with a wealthy friend is actually a psychopath. But the plotline just about sinks from view for most of the book, as Isabel muses and converses. There's enough of McCall Smith's trenchant wit to see the reader through, but this will appeal only to committed Dalhousie fans.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948- Isabel Dalhousie novel.
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
-- (Fictitious character)
|| Prince Frederick, MD :2017
Recorded Books, Inc.,
Narrated by Davina Porter.
Title from container.
In container (17 cm.).
7 audio discs (7 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.