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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,237 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexander McCall Smith Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Isabel Dalhousie Series Release Date:
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Love, politics, and mystery test Isabel's penchant for philosophy. She questions her relationship with her son's father and his ex-girlfriend. Her job is threatened as editor of the ethics magazine. And how did the talented Scottish painter really die? Wa Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Enchanting…Delicious mental comfort food…The ‘intimate’ city of Edinburgh is an appealing character is its own right."

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Completely absorbing…will captivate and enthrall.”

    Detroit Free Press

  • “McCall Smith, a fine writer, paints his hometown of Edinburgh as indelibly as he captures the sunniness of Africa. We can almost feel the mists as we tread the cobblestones.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Witty, ruminative, and wise.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Charlotte | 2/10/2014

    " I finally finished. Not because this is a difficult book, just the opposite. I kept finding other things that were more compelling. It's a pleasant enough book to have kept me coming back, even though the plot is mostly musings of the main character and descriptions of Scotland scenery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Trudy | 1/15/2014

    " Smith's books are read and enjoyed by many, but I can't really get into them. This was just okay for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nancy (NE) | 1/12/2014

    " I LOVE Alexander McCall Smith. His books are just plain delightful. They are my comfort zone. Like-able characters, fun plots. While his writing does make me think, he has a light handed touch at ethical dilemas and current events. I love the way the main characters often have a rambling train of thought that allows the author to weave around lots of life's little issues without hitting you over the head with it. Fleeting references to a world view. The books are like those old "Little House" type TV series - that always had a message and ended well. McCall's books make me feel good when I've been dealing with other heavy reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bria | 1/9/2014

    " Compliments hooked me almost immediately and lost me shortly thereafter. I had expected a witty mystery story and instead found a rather pretentious tale with no intrigue at all. "

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