The Charming Quirks of Others: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

The Charming Quirks of Others: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

Paperback Isabel Dalhousie Novels

By (author) Alexander McCall Smith

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  • Publisher: Abacus
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 18mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0349123128
  • ISBN 13: 9780349123127
  • Sales rank: 8,586

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As well as its advantages, there are drawbacks to the enlightened village that is twenty-first-century Edinburgh, where every Saturday night ears burn at dinner parties across the city, and anyone requiring the investigative abilities of a philosophical soul knows where to find her. Jillian McKinlay -- wife of a trustee of an illustrious school -- is the latest petitioner; she asks Isabel to look into a poison-pen letter that makes insinuations about applicants for the position of principal. Isabel's niece Cat has another new boyfriend who seems too good to be true. And when a pretty cellist with a tragic story takes a fancy to her husband-to-be, Isabel finds herself contemplating an act of heroic and alarming self-sacrifice.

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Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith has turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over sixty books on a wide array of subjects, and his books have been translated into forty-five languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife.

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¿What a breath of fresh air Alexander McCall Smith brings to the detective story . . . The charm of the Isabel Dalhousie books is their human warmth. You like the heroine because she is real¿ Sunday Telegraph