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The Charming Quirks of Others: Isabel Dalhousie Series, Book 7
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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 to discreetly investigate the candidates for the position of headmaster at a local boys' school. The board has three final candidates but has received an anonymous letter alleging that one of them is not suitable.What she discovers about 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 human heart.
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Alexander McCall Smith. (2010). The Charming Quirks of Others: Isabel Dalhousie Series, Book 7. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc.

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Alexander McCall Smith. 2010. The Charming Quirks of Others: Isabel Dalhousie Series, Book 7. Recorded Books, Inc.

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Alexander McCall Smith, The Charming Quirks of Others: Isabel Dalhousie Series, Book 7. Recorded Books, Inc, 2010.

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Alexander McCall Smith. The Charming Quirks of Others: Isabel Dalhousie Series, Book 7. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc, 2010.

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      • content: McCall Smith has created a world where humor is gentle, suffering is acknowledged but not foregrounded, and efforts to do good are usually rewarded. It's a wonderful place to visit, even if we don't get to live there.
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      • content: This surprisingly thin and windy story featuring the philosopher Isabel Dalhousie is wonderfully well served by the completely charming performance of Davina Porter. Otherwise, the title seems unrelated to the story. Isabel is asked to discover an anonymously reported skeleton in the closet of one of three candidates for a job. One candidate turns out to be her niece's new boyfriend, quite a coincidence even if Scotland is a small country. Another withdraws from the search, and the third may have fudged his academic credentials, but Isabel never gets around to investigating that. I'm not sure what Smith was thinking with this one, apart from giving Porter a chance to prove she could make an ethics textbook delightful. If that was his plan, it's a triumph. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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