The Perils of Morning Coffee: An Isabel Dalhousie eBook Original Story [NOOK Book]

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In this Isabel Dalhousie original short story, available exclusively in electronic format, our intrepid heroine—accused by a distraught wife of being the "other woman"—makes a surprising discovery as she attempts to defend her reputation.

Summer in Edinburgh is a season of delicate sunshine and showers, picnics with loved ones in blossoming gardens, and genteel celebrations of art and music. But Isabel Dalhousie’s peaceful idyll is broken when...

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The Perils of Morning Coffee: An Isabel Dalhousie eBook Original Story

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Overview

In this Isabel Dalhousie original short story, available exclusively in electronic format, our intrepid heroine—accused by a distraught wife of being the "other woman"—makes a surprising discovery as she attempts to defend her reputation.

Summer in Edinburgh is a season of delicate sunshine and showers, picnics with loved ones in blossoming gardens, and genteel celebrations of art and music. But Isabel Dalhousie’s peaceful idyll is broken when a single meeting over coffee with fellow philosopher Dr. George McLeod brings an irate phone call from his wife, Roz, who implacably accuses Isabel of conducting an affair with her husband.
            Wounded by the injustice of Roz’s wild allegation and concerned both for her standing among the gossipy group of her scholarly peers and for Roz’s apparent state of hysteria, Isabel sets out to discover more about the McLeods, and to set the record straight before the bitterness in their marriage poisons her own reputation. For insight into the McLeods’ relationship she turns to Millie, who is both an old acquaintance of Isabel’s and a university colleague of George’s.
            In this engaging, intelligently observed story, Alexander McCall Smith’s sharp-eyed heroine is reminded once again to avoid jumping to hasty conclusions about the lives of others, and to value friendship wherever it’s found.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307907516
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Series: Isabel Dalhousie Series
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 41,270
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Alexander McCall Smith
ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics.

Biography

Alexander McCall Smith was born in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) and went to school in Bulawayo, near the Botswana border. Although he moved to Scotland to attend college and eventually settled in Edinburgh, he always felt drawn to southern Africa and taught law for a while at the University of Botswana. He has written a book on the criminal law of Botswana, and among his successful children's books is a collection of African folk tales, Children of Wax.

Eventually, Smith had an urge to write a novel about a woman who would embody the qualities he admired in the people of Botswana, and the result, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, was a surprise hit, receiving two special Booker citations and a place on the Times Literary Supplement's International Books of the Year and the Millennium list. "The author's prose has the merits of simplicity, euphony and precision," Anthony Daniels wrote in the Sunday Telegraph. "His descriptions leave one as if standing in the Botswanan landscape. This is art that conceals art. I haven't read anything with such unalloyed pleasure for a long time."

Despite the book's success in the U.K., American publishers were slow to take an interest, and by the time The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency was picked up by Pantheon Books, Smith had already written two sequels. The books went from underground hits to national phenomena in the United States, spawning fan clubs and inspiring celebratory reviews. Smith is also the author of a detective series featuring the insatiably curious philosopher Isabel Dalhousie and the 44 Scotland Street novels, which present a witty portrait of Edinburgh society

In an interview on the publisher's web site, Smith says he thinks the country of Botswana "particularly chimes with many of the values which Americans feel very strongly about -- respect for the rule of law and for individual freedom. I hope that readers will also see in these portrayals of Botswana some of the great traditional virtues in Africa -- in particular, courtesy and a striking natural dignity."

Good To Know

As a professor at Edinburgh Law School, Smith specializes in criminal law and medical law, and has written about the legal and ethical aspects of euthanasia, medical research, and medical practice.

When he isn't writing books or teaching, Smith finds time to play the bassoon in the candidly named amateur ensemble he co-founded, The Really Terrible Orchestra.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Highly Recommended -- Delightful

    Short but perfect to savor with a morning cup of coffee

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    Best one yet, but the author and publisher should not charge two dollars to advertise Mr. McCall Smith's next book.

    I believe this is by far the best installment of the Isabel Dalhousie series although it is a very short story. There are fewer than 42 full pages which are followed by a three-page list of the author's books and a generous excerpt from the forthcoming The Affairs of Youth.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Another winner

    If you are an Alexander McCall Smith fan, you will enjoy this story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Another fun Isabel story!

    If you like the Isabel Dalhousie series you'll like this short story...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Waste of time

    I really enjoyed The No.1 Ladies Detective series, so I thought I would check out this title from the same author, AM Smith. What a disappointment this book was. Flat and pondering, I wouldn't read any others in the series, nor would I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    Meagan Fox

    Who wants into my pus$y? If so meet me in texas in dallas at walmart!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Enjoyable

    It was a nice and relaxing reading, and you will enjoy if you like Mc Call Smith's writing style. Some readers may object to not too much action in the book but it reads very easily and has a freely flowing narrative and personally I like the feeling and enjoy the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Not worth the money

    It's only 52 pages! I don't know where the rest of the book is, but it's certainly a rip-off. It has one star only because I had to give it a star to continue. Definitely NOT worth even 1/4 star!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Really Slow

    A bit slow and tedious -- not a "beach book" at all.

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  • Posted May 17, 2012

    Not worth the time

    This was not worth the $1.99 or the time it took to read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2012

    disappointed

    I loved the "Womens's 1# Detective" series.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    What a disappointment from an excellent author.

    Where do I go to get my hour and one half back? I have read all of the Isabelle Dalhousie books and loved them. This one disappointed.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    Great read!!

    I have been a fan of the Isabel Dalhousie stories for a long time. I found this story intriguing and entertaining and I am so glad I was able to read it on my nook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Definitely Worthwhile

    Isabel Dalhousie devotees will not be disappointed. I hope this delightful author gives us more and more!

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