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The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds (Isabel Dalhousie Novels) Hardcover – 6 Sep 2012

4.4 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
Book 9 of 10 in the Isabel Dalhousie Series

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408704145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408704141
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith's ninth tale of Isabel Dalhousie, Edinburgh philosopher and sleuth, the victim of an important art theft appeals to her for help.

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As a mother, wife, employer and editor of the Review of Applied Ethics - not to mention resident of Edinburgh, the birthplace of moral philosophy - Isabel Dalhousie is all too aware that to be human is to be responsible. So when a neighbour brings her a new and potentially dangerous puzzle to solve, once again Isabel feels she has no option but to shoulder the burden of other people's difficulties.

An exquisite masterpiece painting has been stolen from the collection of Duncan Munrowe, old-fashioned philanthropist, father to two discontented children, and a very wealthy man. As Isabel enters into negotiations with the shadowy figures who have come in search of a ransom, a case where heroes and villains should be clearly defined turns murky: the list of those who desire the painting - or the money - lengthens, and hasty judgement must be avoided at all cost. Morals, it turns out, are like Scottish clouds: complex, changeable and tricky to get a firm grip on; they require a sharp observational eye, a philosophical mindset, and the habit of kindness, and fortunately for those around her Isabel Dalhousie is in possession of all three.

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