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ISABEL DALHOUSIE - Book 9
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.
In this latest installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s endearing Isabel Dalhousie series, the Edinburgh philosopher and amateur sleuth answers an unexpected appeal from a wealthy Scottish collector who has been robbed of a valuable painting.
One afternoon over coffee at Cat’s delicatessen, a friend of Isabel’s shares a call for help from Duncan Munrowe. Crafty thieves have stolen a prized painting from his collection, a work by the celebrated French artist Nicolas Poussin that was earmarked for donation to the Scottish National Gallery. Munrowe has been approached by the thieves and hopes that Isabel will assist him in recovering the painting. Never one to refuse an appeal, she agrees, and discovers that the thieves may be closer to the owner than he ever would have expected.
Against the backdrop of this intriguing case, Isabel copes with life’s issues, large and small. She and Jamie have begun to suspect that their three-year-old son, Charlie, might be a budding mathematical genius. What should be done about it? Then there is the question of whether Isabel should help a young couple who want to move in together—against the wishes of the girl’s parents. The boyfriend is hoping Isabel might intercede.
As she wrestles with these problems, Isabel finds herself tested as a parent, a philosopher and a friend. But, as always, she manages to use the right combination of good sense, quick wits and a kind heart to come to the right solution, proving once again why Isabel Dalhousie has become one of Alexander McCall Smith’s most beloved characters.
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November 23, 2015
Although I find this series quite charming there is something about Isabel Dalhousie that unsettles me a little. Perhaps it's because she is too perfect, hardly ever seems ruffled and always seems to think the right thoughts. It may also be because I thought she was much older than she is, now in...
August 17, 2013
Just what the doctor ordered - a light, easy-to-read novel that is at once 'feel good' but not meaningless fluff.
I sometimes find the Isabel Dalhousie books not completely satisfactory - there is something about the way the relationship between Isabelle and Jamie, and their relationship with the...
January 26, 2013
Wow - this has been once of my favorite series for quite a while. What a shock to find I'm a bit disappointed by this book. I have liked and admired Isabelle Dalhousie for a while. But in this book, I was starting to find her irritating. Her perfect life - her wonderful young, handsome husband, h...
March 25, 2013
SIGH. I have to agree with the other reviewers on this latest installment in the series. Not only was it a very unsatisfactory ending (which Isobel's comment about not living in a "cut and dry" world barely excuses), but the rest of the book and the story felt wholly undeveloped. Many threads cal...
August 20, 2017
Back when I was driving to work every day I got through so much fiction on audiobooks. There were three of McCall Smith's series I used to follow regularly. I do love them but it's been a while. He writes about morality. But you would never know that; what I mean is that he never preaches or mora...
November 21, 2012
What is happening to Isabel? Her typical adeptness with interactions was totally AWOL in this book, putting her foot in it several times, not just her over-reaction about Grace teaching Charlie math which, instead of looking into the book Grace was using, seemed out of character to her typical ba...
November 06, 2012
Alexander McCall Smith once again uses his character Isabel Dalhousie to ponder various philosophical issues surrounding the human condition, leaving series fans with further things to ponder & a little more character development along the way. I have to say, I get a kick out of Isabel's freq...
December 19, 2012
I adore Alex McCall Smith; particularly Ladies No 1 Detective Agency & Corduroy Mansions. It is a testament to his skill that even this series, peopled by utterly annoying and unrealistic characters, is one that I continue to read and ALMOST enjoy. I hate hate hate Isobel Dalhousie, I find he...
January 28, 2013
Much Philosophical Musing, Not Much Mystery
A valuable painting has been stolen from Munrowe House. Duncan Munrowe, the owner, asks for Isabels help, not to solve the mystery, but to be supportive and give him someone to talk to. In this book, Isabel goes about her daily life; taking care of Charl...
November 07, 2012
In this 9th installment of the Isabel Dalhousie series, she is asked to help in the search of a stolen Poussin painting. Although she is the editor of a small journal devoted to philosophical matters, she has participated in other sleuth like activities. As in other Alexander McCall Smith books,...