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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,206 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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The fifth novel in New York Times bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith’s beloved Isabel Dalhousie series has the ethical problem solver from Edinburgh finding comforts in unlikely places. Download and start listening now!


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  • McCall Smith’s series, featuring Scottish American moral philosopher Isabel Dalhousie, is a charmer … and steadily growing in popularity. Booklist

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by carrie | 2/13/2014

    " I have read every book in this series, and with each one, my disappointment grows, although this book was better then the last (The Careful Use of Compliments). I tend to be wary of books written by men from a woman's perspective, but McCall Smith did so well initially. My main dissatisfaction stems from Charlie, Isabel's baby, and the unrealistic way he is characterized. Since Charlie was born, he apparently has only cried once. Otherwise, he is the most easy-going, pleasant baby... Either McCall Smith has no experiences with babies or he is totally disinterested in how a baby will actually fit in a busy woman's life. I would much rather see Isabel experience the reality of children, or not have had a child at all. She was a fantastic character without her unplanned pregnancy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Catherine | 2/13/2014

    " Not quite the #1 Ladies Detective Agency, but an enjoyable series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ginny | 2/9/2014

    " "all she wanted to say was "I am so very happy," Which she did; and she was."-----great way to end another in the series of Isabel Dalhousie novels. She repeats again--I am not a sleuth; I get things wrong, but her insight is so enjoyable. This book focuses on the theme of liars and how awful a situation can become. The doctor who is disgraced because a man dies and it is directly linked to the drug testing experiment that the doctor is working on. Eddie, the assistant in Cat's deli asks Isabel for money and when he finally tells her why he needs it, she doesn't believe him. Nick Smart appears to be demanding much of Isabel's partner, Jamie's time. Isabel is confused and jealous about the relationship. And Cat is still searching for Mr. Right, this time in Sri Lanka. Isabel has a theory that Cat is trying to find someone just like her father. Her suspicions are confirmed when yet another realtionship fails. The man in the photo looks like Cat's father (Isabel's brother). Brief mention is made of Jamie's family, all separated, distant. Isabel has yet to admit it, but she, Charlie, and Grace are his family now. It's heartwarming to see them drawing closer together, deepening relationships. A satisfying read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maggie | 2/4/2014

    " These books are such a treat. The perfect antidote to a bad mood. "

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