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The Lost Art of Gratitude: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel | [Alexander McCall Smith]

The Lost Art of Gratitude: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

When Isabel bumps into Minty Auchterlonie for the first time in years, she is skeptical (again) of Minty's integrity. But Minty mentions the bank where she works is having internal troubles, and Isabel must determine, once and for all, if Minty can be trusted.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith crafts the sixth entertaining novel starring the ever ethical Isabel Dalhousie.

When Isabel bumps into Minty Auchterlonie for the first time in years, she is skeptical (again) of Minty's integrity. But Minty mentions the bank where she works is having internal troubles, and Isabel must determine, once and for all, if Minty can be trusted.

Woman of mystery: listen to more in the Isabel Dalhousie series.

©2009 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"The literary equivalent of herbal tea and a cozy fire . . . Invite[s] readers into a world of kindness, gentility, and creature comforts. McCall Smith's Scotland [is] well worth future visits." (The New York Times)
"Alexander McCall Smith's assessments of fellow humans are piercing and profound. [His] depictions of Edinburgh are vivid and seamless . . . His fans are sure to embrace these moral peregrinations among the plaid." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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    Cynthia Lake Linden , MI, USA 07-01-10
    Cynthia Lake Linden , MI, USA 07-01-10
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    "slow moving but enjoyed development"

    The main character Isabel always trusts people and will try to help when asked. But when an acquaintance asks a favor, it turns out she's not telling the truth and is taking advantage. I enjoyed the realizations the main character made as she did her best to help in various situations. This book is slow moving with a lot of minutely rendered dialog and gives the detailed thought process of the main character. Some might not like it as an audio book. If you like a lot of action, pick something different.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-06-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-06-11 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader

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    "The Lost Art of Gratitude"

    Davina Porter makes this series. Her slight Scots accent is perfect. Enjoy the wandering of philosophical thought along with the plot of the story. You have to be in the mood for this series. But it always leaves you with some issue to chew on for a while. I know some people do not care for this type of book but enjoy it. I also enjoy philosophy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William Carmichael, CA, United States 06-28-10
    William Carmichael, CA, United States 06-28-10
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    "One of the best."

    Alexander McCall Smith wrote it. What more information do you need? Buy it and enjoy!

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    W.Denis Savannah, GA, United States 10-13-09
    W.Denis Savannah, GA, United States 10-13-09
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    As a great fan of Smith I am unhappy to report that Elizabeth is getting used up. If another of these is in the works I hope there is a little more substance to it.

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