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Publisher's Summary

The ever-delightful, insatiably curious Edinburgh philosopher and amateur sleuth returns to take on a case unlike any she's had before - this one with paranormal implications - in the tenth installment of this beloved author's consistently best-selling series. From a small town outside Edinburgh comes the news that a young boy has been recounting vivid recollections of a past life: a perfect description of an island off the coast of Scotland that he couldn't possibly know and a house there where he claims to have spent his former life. When the boy's mother asks Isabel to investigate his claims, she feels she must - of course! - help them learn the truth, and she and her husband, Jamie, set off for the island. But finding the house the boy described only leads to more complicated questions. And when she learns about the unusual story of the family who lived there, Isabel is suddenly faced with a situation of extraordinary delicacy that will require all of her skills as both sleuth and philosopher.
©2015 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2015 Recorded Books
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4 out of 5 stars
By A. Kiss on 09-15-15

OK if you're already a fan

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes if the friend already likes the series, but would certainly not start someone on this one

Would you be willing to try another book from Alexander McCall Smith? Why or why not?

I read all his series

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, it gets tedious. You have to be in the mood

Any additional comments?

The philosophical meanderings and sidetrackings are part of the charm of AMS's books, but I think he's starting to get a bit carried away... the ratio of musings to plot line is going up all the time and is nearing the breaking point (for me). I like the characters but don't need to follow them down every single mental side street...

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 09-10-15


Oh boy, a new Isabel Dalhousie book from Alexander McCall Smith. I know that Isabel is an acquired taste but I am hooked on this series. Isabel is the ultimate philosophizer, for whom all the world is one moral conundrum after another. In this book she finds herself investigating the odd case of a small boy who insists he recalls his reincarnation and the possibility of his returning to another life.

Also in this book we get to visit the regular characters such as Isabel, Jamie and Charlie as well as Isabel’s niece Cat; we visit, while Isabel wanders through her average day. Smith allows Isabel to indulge her philosophizing while taking us on a delightful journey into her life. Smith creates such interesting and unusual characters and tells important subject in such a delight, entertaining and humorous way. One of my favorite narrators, Davina Porter, narrates the book.

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9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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