Other Books in Series
This is book number 12 in the Isabel Dalhousie Series series.
- #1: The Sunday Philosophy Club (Isabel Dalhousie Series #1) (Paperback): $16.00
- #2: Friends, Lovers, Chocolate (Isabel Dalhousie Series #2) (Paperback): $16.00
- #3: The Right Attitude to Rain (Isabel Dalhousie Series #3) (Paperback): $15.00
- #4: The Careful Use of Compliments (Isabel Dalhousie Series #4) (Paperback): $15.00
- #5: The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday (Isabel Dalhousie Series #5) (Paperback): $15.95
- #6: The Lost Art of Gratitude (Isabel Dalhousie Series #6) (Paperback): $15.95
- #7: The Charming Quirks of Others (Isabel Dalhousie Series #7) (Hardcover): $24.95
- #8: The Forgotten Affairs of Youth (Isabel Dalhousie Series #8) (Paperback): $16.00
- #9: The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds (Isabel Dalhousie Series #9) (Paperback): $17.00
- #10: The Novel Habits of Happiness (Isabel Dalhousie Series #10) (Paperback): $16.00
- #11: A Distant View of Everything: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (11) (Isabel Dalhousie Series #11) (Hardcover): $25.95
- #13: The Geometry of Holding Hands: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (13) (Isabel Dalhousie Series #13) (Paperback): $16.00
- #14: The Sweet Remnants of Summer: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (14) (Isabel Dalhousie Series #14) (Paperback): $17.00
Isabel finds herself grappling with ethically-complex matters of the heart as she tries to juggle her responsibilities to friends, family, and the philosophical community.
With two small boys to raise, a mountain of articles to edit for the Review of Applied Ethics, and the ever-increasing demands of her niece, Cat, who always seems to need a helping hand at the deli, Isabel barely has any time for herself. Her husband, Jamie, suggests acquiring extra help, and she reluctantly agrees. In no time at all, Isabel and Jamie have a new au pair, and Isabel has an intelligent assistant editor to share her workload. Both women, though, have romantic entanglements that threaten to interfere with their work, and Isabel must decide how best to navigate this tricky domestic situation. Can an employer ever inject herself into her employees’ affairs?
Meanwhile, Isabel makes the acquaintance of Patricia, the mother of Charlie’s friend Basil. Though Isabel finds Patricia rather pushy, she tries to be civil and supportive, especially given that Patricia is raising her son on her own, without the help of his father, a well-known Edinburgh organist, also named Basil. But when Isabel sees Patricia in the company of an unscrupulous man, she begins to rethink her assumptions. Isabel must once again call on her kindness and keen intelligence to determine the right course of action, at home, at work, and in the schoolyard.
About the Author
ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH is the author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels and a number of other series and stand-alone books. His works have been translated into more than forty languages and have been best sellers throughout the world. He lives in Scotland.
PRAISE FOR THE ISABEL DALHOUSIE SERIES
“Every bit as charming as his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.” —Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail