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.
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. What she discovers about all the candidates is surprising, but what she discovers about herself and about Jamie, the father of her young son, turns out to be equally revealing.
Isabel's investigation will have her exploring issues of ambition, as well as of charity, forgiveness, and humility, as she moves nearer and nearer to some of the most hidden precincts of the heart.
Here is Isabel Dalhousie at her beguiling best: intelligent, insightful, and with a unique understanding of the quirks of human nature. "From the Hardcover edition."
- Paperback | 400 pages
- 140 x 208 x 30mm | 421.84g
- 26 Oct 2010
- Random House USA Inc
- Random House Inc
- New York, United States
- Annotated, Large type / large print
- Large Print ed.
Other books in this series
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26 Jul 2005
26 Aug 2008
24 Jul 2007
29 Aug 2006
01 Nov 2011
02 Jul 2013
"Crisp, often funny prose complements the author's limitless reserve of good will and understanding of people in general."
"[McCall Smith's] sly observations on the human condition remain warm and intelligent, and the evocative description of the Scottish cityscape is utterly beguiling."
"Marks [Isabel Dalhousie's] finest hour to date. . . . A powerful demonstration of Smith's ability to dramatize the ways everyday situations spawn the ethical dilemmas that keep philosophers in business."
--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)
"If this were music, it would be praised and played at daybreak, admired for its sinuousness and structure."
"From the Hardcover edition."
About Professor of Medical Law Alexander McCall Smith