The Isabel Dalhousie Series

The Charming Quirks of Others

An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

Publisher: Vintage Canada
The seventh installment in the beloved chronicles of Isabel Dalhousie finds our inquisitive heroine facing new intellectual challenges, but buoyed by her recent engagement to the nearly perfect Jamie.

After having dinner with Jamie, Isabel is approached by a pair of old friends, asking her to help them in a rather tricky situation. A successor is being sought for the headmaster position at their alma mater. The board has four final candidates. They received an anonymous letter, however, alleging that one of them has a very serious skeleton in their closet. Could Isabel discreetly look into it? The answer is of course, yes. Although for Isabel the whole investigation is even more revealing: she finds herself attracted to one of the candidates, which complicates her life immeasurably because she is engaged to Jamie, the father of her young son.

Dealing with issues of charity, forgiveness and humility, Isabel's most recent investigation is a revealing look at the need we all have to keep a little bit of ourselves hidden.

From the Hardcover edition.


SATURDAY EVENING,” remarked Isabel Dalhousie. “A time for the burning of ears.”
Guy Peploe, seated opposite her in the back neuk at Glass & Thompson’s café, looked at her blankly. Isabel was given to making...
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1. In an Entertainment Weekly interview Alexander McCall Smith was asked which fictional character he most identifies with, and he answered, "Isabel Dalhousie and I agree on just about everything. She seems to think as I do." Which one of his characters do you most identify or agree with?

2. One of the...

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“Readers of the previous volumes will find the same quiet delights.... Even the quotidian becomes interesting in Smith’s deft hands.” People
“Crisp, often funny prose complements the author’s limitless reserve of good will and understanding of people in general.” Publishers Weekly
 “[McCall Smith’s] sly observations on the human condition remain warm and intelligent, and the evocative description of the Scottish cityscape is utterly beguiling.” Library Journal
“Marks [Isabel Dalhousie’s] finest hour to date.... A powerful demonstration of Smith’s ability to dramatize the ways everyday situations spawn the ethical dilemmas that keep philosophers in business.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“If this were music, it would be praised and played at daybreak, admired for its sinuousness and structure.” The Scotsman