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The Charming Quirks Of Others (Isabel Dalhousie Novels Book 7) by [Mccall Smith, Alexander]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
Book 7 of 10 in Isabel Dalhousie Novels (10 Book Series)
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"Praise for the Isabel Dalhousie series"
 
“Charmingly told. . . . Its graceful prose shines, and Isabel’s interior monologues—meditations on a variety of moral questions—are bemused, intelligent and entertaining.” "—The Seattle Times"
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“Endearing. . . . Offers tantalizing glimpses of Edinburgh’s complex character and a nice, long look into the beautiful mind of a thinking woman.” "—The New York Times Book Review"
 
“In Mma Ramotswe, [McCall Smith] minted one of the most memorable heroines in any modern fiction. Now, with the creation of Isabel Dalhousie, he’s done it again. . . . She’s such good company, it’s hard to believe she’s fictional. You finish [one] installment greedily looking forward to more.” "—Newsweek"

"Praise for the Isabel Dalhousie series"

"Charmingly told. . . . Its graceful prose shines, and Isabel's interior monologues--meditations on a variety of moral questions--are bemused, intelligent and entertaining." "--The Seattle Times"
" "
"Endearing. . . . Offers tantalizing glimpses of Edinburgh's complex character and a nice, long look into the beautiful mind of a thinking woman." "--The New York Times Book Review"

"In Mma Ramotswe, [McCall Smith] minted one of the most memorable heroines in any modern fiction. Now, with the creation of Isabel Dalhousie, he's done it again. . . . She's such good company, it's hard to believe she's fictional. You finish [one] installment greedily looking forward to more." "--Newsweek"

"Praise for the Isabel Dalhousie series"
"Charmingly told. . . . Its graceful prose shines, and Isabel's interior monologues--meditations on a variety of moral questions--are bemused, intelligent and entertaining." "--The Seattle Times"
" "
"Endearing. . . . Offers tantalizing glimpses of Edinburgh's complex character and a nice, long look into the beautiful mind of a thinking woman." "--The New York Times Book Review"
"In Mma Ramotswe, [McCall Smith] minted one of the most memorable heroines in any modern fiction. Now, with the creation of Isabel Dalhousie, he's done it again. . . . She's such good company, it's hard to believe she's fictional. You finish [one] installment greedily looking forward to more." "--Newsweek"

"Praise for the Isabel Dalhousie series"
Charmingly told. . . . Its graceful prose shines, and Isabel s interior monologues meditations on a variety of moral questions are bemused, intelligent and entertaining. " The Seattle Times"
""
Endearing. . . . Offers tantalizing glimpses of Edinburgh s complex character and a nice, long look into the beautiful mind of a thinking woman. " The New York Times Book Review"
In Mma Ramotswe, [McCall Smith] minted one of the most memorable heroines in any modern fiction. Now, with the creation of Isabel Dalhousie, he s done it again. . . . She s such good company, it s hard to believe she s fictional. You finish [one] installment greedily looking forward to more. " Newsweek""

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* The wonderful new Isabel Dalhousie novel -- out now in paperback

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 744 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1408702568
  • Publisher: Abacus; Export ed edition (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408702576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408702574
  • ASIN: B0049MPGZ4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
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By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is the seventh installment in the series about Isabel Dalhousie, philosopher and occasional amateur sleuth and I feel like the series is starting to slowly run out of steam. It's a charming novel but it suffers badly from an absence of momentum. The plot is even slighter than usual. A large portion of the book is about Isabel's relationship with Jamie and they seem to have many philosophical conversations, which are pleasant enough but don't really go anywhere. Otherwise the main storyline is about Isabel being asked to look into the backgrounds of three applicants for a school principal position, one of whom happens to be Cat's new boyfriend. An anonymous letter has been sent to the Board of Governors alleging that one of the candidates has a dark secret.

I can't shake the feeling that Isabel and Jamie just aren't right for each other - despite the fact that their wedding is apparently imminent. Before Jamie, Isabel was a strong woman, but now she spends so much time worrying about whether she's worthy of him. At one point she hears that he has been seen at a movie, which she didn't know he'd gone to. She immediately leaps to the assumption that he is having an affair and tells him she hates him. This didn't feel like the Isabel I know and love. One of her friends says to her: "Occasionally we've asked ourselves if the real threat to your relationship with Jamie might be your finding out that apart from the physical attraction, Jamie did not bring enough to the relationship to keep you interested". Isabel gets all huffy and indignant at this, but I tended to agree.

McCall Smith's Edinburgh is a small town where everyone is connected and even taxi drivers are philosophers. People have no major failings, just "charming quirks".
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By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
The Charming Quirks of Others is the 7th in the Isabel Dalhousie series by Alexander McCall Smith. Isabel has quite a bit on her plate: getting another edition of the Review of Applied Ethics published; looking into a poison-pen letter making accusations about applicants for the principal's position of an illustrious boys' school; dealing with a pretty cellist who has taken a fancy to Jamie; deciding whether to publish an unsolicited review by Professor Lettuce of Professor Dove's latest book; and, not the least, organising her own wedding. As always, Isabel manages to jump to unfounded conclusions whilst being her unpredictable, clever, kind and occasionally exasperating self. On the way, she touches on book reviewers, verb tenses, forgiveness of oneself, politics, punishment, hatred, skateboarders, gossip magazines and ancestors, and gives us an excellent definition of vulgar curiosity. Isabel manages to show some insight into her tendency to misunderstand situations, and towards the end of this novel, has a Mma Ramotswe moment when she reflects on her love for her country. McCall Smith has an uncanny ability to write from a woman's perspective, and many of the conversations his characters have are filled with wisdom and humour. Another thoroughly enjoyable instalment in the Isabel Dalhousie story.
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This is the seventh book in the series featuring philosopher Isabel Dalhousie and, having read the previous six with pleasure, I knew what to expect with this latest slice of her life. I think the latter will be more enjoyable if you've read the earlier books as there's quite a bit of back story that only briefly touch upon in this book, for example, Isabel is living with, and has a child by, Jamie, who previously had a relationship with her niece but this is only glancingly referred to.

Alexander McCall Smith doesn't expose his readers to the gritty realism of, say, Ian Rankin's Edinburgh, but instead gives a slice of the comfortable world of middle-class life in Edinburgh. A city I know very well, and familiarity with the shops, streets and some of the people mentioned in the stories makes the books all the more enjoyable. However, the books are not just about Isabel's day to day life with her partner, Jamie, their son, Charlie and her interactions with her niece, Cat, and the latter's series of men-friends, but unobtrusively, the author weaves in philosophizing about moral dilemmas that Isabel encounters. I have to admit that usually I don't have much time for philosophy, but McCall Smith is very deft at making these issues accessible and interesting. In each book Isabel tackles moral dilemmas in her life and gets asked to engage in some private detective work: not murders, but usually something involving personal relationships with a moral dimension.

In this book Isabel is approached by the wife of the chairman of a committee convened to choose a new headmaster for a boarding school near Edinburgh. There's been an anonymous letter hinting at some impropriety by one of the three candidates and the wife asks Isabel to investigate, discreetly.
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I am a big fan of the books written by Mr McCall Smith, I usually keep a Saturday free so I can read each new book in a single day! The Charming Quirks of Others I had to read over a week because the plot wasn't as engaging as the previous books. There are so many questions left unanswered in the book. For example, the reader has no idea what happens to Gordon and Cat or why Eddie doesn't like Gordon. I was also disappointed with the ending because it was so obvious, I was surprised it took Isabel so long to work out who sent the anonymous letter! However, I like the fact that in this book, we get to see Isabel as a 'regular' person - she is insecure about her relationship with Jamie. Questions I asked myself: Is Isabel agist? Is she going to walk away from Jamie? Unlike my favourite lady detective (Mme Ramotswe), I find it hard to warm to Isabel because she is so 'fuddy duddy' and worries too much! Her life is too perfect! I also feel she doesn't treat Jamie as an equal and they never seem to do fun things together like shopping for grocery!! The 'co-bathing' incident in the book felt odd as they are usually so formal with each other in the book!
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