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Isabel Dalhousie is a new mother and a connoisseur of philosophy; she'd rather not be a sleuth. But when a chance conversation at a dinner party draws Isabel into the case of a doctor whose career has been ruined, she cannot ignore what may be a miscarriage of justice. Because for Isabel ethics are not theoretical at all, but an everyday matter of life and death. As she attempts to unravel the truth behind Dr Thompson's disgrace, Isabel's patient intelligence is also required to deal with challenges in her own life. There is her baby son Charlie; Cat's deli to look after, not to mention her vulnerable assistant Eddie; and a mysterious and unlikeable composer who has latched on to Jamie, making Isabel fear for the future of her new family.
Isabel treads a difficult path between trust and gullibility, philanthropy and interference, while keeping in her sights the small but certain comforts of family, philosophy and a fine Saturday morning.
©2008 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2008 Hachette Digital
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"What McCall Smith's fans enjoy most are the gentle observations on the human condition that he interlaces into the main narrative." [ The Times]
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5 out of 5 stars
By Margaret on 08-19-16

How to get an education in morality

All Alexander MCCALL's books get your thinking gear working. All of them real gems with their gentle understanding of human nature.

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By deborah boerne on 06-29-15

pity this is abridged

just as expected from this author and series. well written and entertaining. worth listening to.



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