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The Charming Quirks of Others. Alexander McCall Smith. ISABEL DALHOUSIE - Book 7. Nothing captures the charm of Edinburgh like the bestselling Isabel Dalhousie series of novels featuring the insatiably curious philosopher and woman detective

The Charming Quirks of Others. 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

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. ISABEL DALHOUSIE - Book 7 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.

Alexander Mccall Smith. In this latest and most felicitous addition to the Isabel Dalhousie series, our inquisitive heroine comes to see that there are very few of us who are not flawed. 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.

ISABEL DALHOUSIE - Book 7 Nothing captures the charm. It's a charming novel but it suffers badly from an absence of momentum. The plot is even slighter than usual.

Alexander McCall Smith was born in Bulawayo in 1948 in the British . Alexander McCall Smith signing books in Helsinki April 2007. also known as Isabel Dalhousie Mysteries. 2010: The Charming Quirks of Others. 2011: The Forgotten Affairs of Youth.

Alexander McCall Smith was born in Bulawayo in 1948 in the British colony of Southern Rhodesia (present-day Zimbabwe), the youngest of four children. His father worked as a public prosecutor in Bulawayo. 2011: The Perils of Morning Coffee (ebook only).

Books by alexander mccall smith. In the isabel dalhousie series. The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday. The Lost Art of Gratitude. The Charming Quirks of Others. The Sunday Philosophy Club. Friends, Lovers, Chocolate. In the no. 1 ladies’ detective agency series. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

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.

After having dinner with Jamie, Isabel is approached by a pair of old friends, asking her to help them in a rather tricky situation. A successor is being sought for the headmaster position at their alma mater. The board has four final candidates. I always feel like my life has received a little "up tick" when I read Alexander McCall Smith. And I highly recommend the Audible. com read-out-load version of Smith's books.

The seventh installment in the beloved chronicles of Isabel Dalhousie finds our inquisitive heroine facing new intellectual challenges, but buoyed by her recent engagement to the nearly perfect Jamie.After having dinner with Jamie, Isabel is approached by a pair of old friends, asking her to help them in a rather tricky situation. A successor is being sought for the headmaster position at their alma mater. The board has four final candidates. They received an anonymous letter, however, alleging that one of them has a very serious skeleton in their closet. Could Isabel discreetly look into it? The answer is of course, yes. Although for Isabel the whole investigation is even more revealing: she finds herself attracted to one of the candidates, which complicates her life immeasurably because she is engaged to Jamie, the father of her young son.Dealing with issues of charity, forgiveness and humility, Isabel's most recent investigation is a revealing look at the need we all have to keep a little bit of ourselves hidden.
betelgeuze
Those who know this series know that the best parts of it are watching those moments where Isabel must rectify her human desire to act with the philosophical underpinnings of her character and this novel is wonderful in so doing.

It's also fantastic to have an actual mystery on the plate to solve. One hopes that, as 'a woman of some discretion' Isabel will be given more discreet matters that require her attentions.

That Scotland itself is such a force in the novel adds to its charms. We can not all travel to Edinburgh, but through Isabel's eyes we have a beautiful visit.
Xwnaydan
I love McCall-Smith, I find his books soothing and wise and feminine yet balanced (this probably comes from their being written by a man!). I always get involved in his characters' lives, care bout them and can't wait to read more about them. Plots are not the point; human interaction and thoughts are, and they are presented with such a light hand, and such an obvious love for life and people and places that I always feel better after spending time with these books. Do not buy the Dalhousie or the Precious Ramotswe series (which I also love) if you want a proper detective story, but do buy them and enjoy them all, possibly in chronological order, if you want to be reconciled with life. Sounds like a lot to ask from books, but read them and you will see what I mean!
Golden Lama
I've been a fan of this series from the start (as well as of the 44 Scotland Street books).
The interesting and insightful characters, the many references to places in Edinburgh and environs, the little glimpses into Scottish culture and life and overall "gentle" tone make these books so appealing.

However I found something about this book rather gloomy and depressing, but I can't quite articulate what or why. It just didn't give me the same enjoyment reading the previous books in the series had done. Isabel doesn't quite seem herself and at times I found her obsessing over her relationship with Jamie rather tiresome. I wondered whether Mr. McCall Smith was depressed when he wrote this one, or if perhaps he has grown tired of the series.

I also felt the central sleuthing aspect of the story was underdeveloped and rather resolved all too quickly in the last few pages, as well as being overshadowed by the storyline of the central characters' personal lives. In previous books, the balance between "the mystery" and Isabel's own life was just right - you wanted to find out what was going to happen in both situations. Here, the story of the three headmaster candidates almost seems like an afterthougt. Several other small threads seem to be either resolved too quickly or glossed over and left unresolved.

If this had been the first book from the series I had ever read, I don't think I would give the others a try. Hopefully this is just a one-off blip in an otherwise enjoyable and intelligent series.
Briciraz
This delightful series never disappoints. And on this return visit to Edinburgh, we find Isabel enjoying her lovely romance with Jamie. They are happily raising their little boy, Charlie, together. Of course all is not perfect, and Isabel discovers she has a rival, Prue, for Jamie's affections. But Isabel manages to confront Prue as only Isabel can.

These stories are subtle and beautifully described. And the situation Isabel encounters in this book is interconnected with other elements in her life as only can happen in a small town sort of place like Edinburgh. People sometimes ask Isabel to "look into things," knowing that she is insightful and discreet. So, when Jillian, a distant acquaintance, asks her to suss out an anonymous letter Jillian's husband received regarding three candidates for a position at a private boys' school he is involved with, Isabel relectuantly obliges. As usual Isabel is successful and enjoys an "aha! moment": "For a few brief, delicious moments, Isabel experienced a sense of euphoria." She had "established the authorship of the letter beyond question."

I'm looking forward to catching up with Isabel again soon!
Adokelv
With educational value, if you are interested in Scottish artist, Raeburn and Scottish author Sir Walter Scott, and if you enjoy small slices of people in relationships, this author or is always the one to spend time with.
Even if not, you will never be wasting your time with any of his many many diverse books. To read him, is to love him!
Cezel
There is nothing in this book I dislike. McCall Smith is a competent writer, easy to read, and experienced in describing the quirks of the human psyche. The protagonist in this series - the Isabel Dalhousie series - is likable, like a good friend would be. One feels an affinity to her and one is comfortable in her world which is a combination of caring motherhood, loving companionship with a younger man, and being the editor of a magazine dealing with philosophy and ethics. This is not a high suspense novel, and that would not be McCall Smith's style, anyway. If you like Alexander McCall Smith you will enjoy reading this book.
Armin
I loved every page of this book and I'm not sure why it is getting such mediocre reviews. If you've read the other Isabel Dalhousie novels in the series, you should know what to expect. This one is no different: Mysteries that resolve themselves in the end peppered with Isabel's philosophical musings about life and the quirks, shortcomings and interactions of humankind. If you're looking for a mystery novel with a heroine that gets herself into all kinds of dangerous situations only to be rescued at just the right moment, you're not going to find it here. Bottom line. Tip: Read the Dalhousie novels in the right order.
Alexander McCall Smith writes good novels about women. I enjoy Isabel and her quandaries with her philosophy review, as well as her love affair with her husband and son. Good read.
The Charming Quirks of Others: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel ebook
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Alexander McCall Smith
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