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The Careful Use of Compliments (Isabel Dalhousie Series #4)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2007

    Many thoughtful comments

    I highly reccommend this series, Isabel struggles as many do with the ethics of every day situations. Many thoughtful comments result, I find myself underlining them to return to them later. I am highly anticipating Mr McCall Smith's next effort!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie has recently given birth to a son Charlie, who is now three months old. Like most great philosophers, Isabel has doubts about her relationship with the child¿s dad, Jamie though she admits to herself he is quite good with their offspring. Jamie has no doubts as he wants to marry her but doubt is Isabel¿s middle name or should be. Meanwhile Jamie's former-girlfriend, café owner Cat, still desires him, but fears Charlie has ended any hope of taking him back from her Aunt Isabel. --- Isabel finds not only her relationship with Jamie challenged, but her pride and joy (besides Charlie that is) as the editor of the Review of Applied Ethics disputed due to unsavory academic politics. To get her mind away from how many of one hundred people have good intentions, she investigates the recent death of a relatively unknown but critically acclaimed painter who drowned in an accident and find out if t was a suicide or a homicide. --- Interestingly the mystery is a clever set up to further enable the audience to understand the Pollyanna of philosophy Isabel Dalhousie. Even her relationships with doting Jamie and jealous Cat is upbeat although diapers is not quite her beat. Isabel remains optimistic about Charlie¿s future once the lad wipes his own butt. Fans of Alexander McCall Smith¿s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency tales will enjoy the Dalhouse stories although they are quite different. --- Harriet Klausner

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