The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds (Isabel Dalhousie Series #9)

The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds (Isabel Dalhousie Series #9)

by Alexander McCall Smith
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The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds (Isabel Dalhousie Series #9) by Alexander McCall Smith


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.

In this latest installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s endearing Isabel Dalhousie series, the Edinburgh philosopher and amateur sleuth answers an unexpected appeal from a wealthy Scottish collector who has been robbed of a valuable painting.

One afternoon over coffee at Cat’s delicatessen, a friend of Isabel’s shares a call for help from Duncan Munrowe. Crafty thieves have stolen a prized painting from his collection, a work by the celebrated French artist Nicolas Poussin that was earmarked for donation to the Scottish National Gallery. Munrowe has been approached by the thieves and hopes that Isabel will assist him in recovering the painting. Never one to refuse an appeal, she agrees, and discovers that the thieves may be closer to the owner than he ever would have expected.

Against the backdrop of this intriguing case, Isabel copes with life’s issues, large and small. She and Jamie have begun to suspect that their three-year-old son, Charlie, might be a budding mathematical genius. What should be done about it? Then there is the question of whether Isabel should help a young couple who want to move in together—against the wishes of the girl’s parents. The boyfriend is hoping Isabel might intercede.

As she wrestles with these problems, Isabel finds herself tested as a parent, a philosopher and a friend. But, as always, she manages to use the right combination of good sense, quick wits and a kind heart to come to the right solution, proving once again why Isabel Dalhousie has become one of Alexander McCall Smith’s most beloved characters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307990808
Publisher: Diversified Publishing
Publication date: 10/23/2012
Series: Isabel Dalhousie Series , #9
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the beloved bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is also the author of numerous children’s books. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland. Visit his website at


Edinburgh, Scotland

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1948

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The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
SnowyOwl09 More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this series by McCall-Smith. He has a knack of developing a very believable main character with great insight and plenty of wisdom to impart. I love the situation of Isabel who has to shuffle a career, marriage to a younger man and motherhood. Throw in a crazy niece and an eccentric housekeeper with a lot of really bizarre situations in the mix, and McCall -Smith captivates us with a novel of intrigue and common sense. Since I have now visited Edinburgh, I feel like I can relate to Isabel and her world. The author's word pictures are true to life when it comes to Scotland.
ESSAnglophile More than 1 year ago
Isabel Dalhousie is my least favorite Alexander McCall Smith heroes--she is a bit too aware of her own intellectual and ethical superiority, and is annoyingly self-contained--but this latest book meets all the criteria for her fans. There is a vague mystery, wonderfully descriptive scenes of Edinburgh and Scotland, an interesting depiction of the Scottish gentry, and lots of philosophical pondering.
msmys More than 1 year ago
I do recommend that if you have not read this series, you start with the first one., "The Sunday Philosophy Club." These are just really interesting character studies and a joy to read.
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MaDW More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of the Isabel Dalhousie series, you will enjoy #9. I am a big fan of Alexander McCall Smith so I love everything he writes.
pickle52992 More than 1 year ago
Pull up a chair, sip hot chocolate, read and smile. I love this whole series and this is the perfect addition.
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cakes1BB More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed another love-mystery by classy Isabel. McCall Smith's stories are such a delight!
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blocher9 More than 1 year ago
Why is this not available in an audio version? I have a Nook but you can't read it while driving.
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This is the warriors den. It's warm in leaf-bare and cool in late new-leaf. There are plenty of nests. ~•|Swiftstar|•~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poor cloudkit:(