New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith, winner of the first-ever Saga Award for Wit, has entertained millions with his beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries....
The brilliant Alexander McCall Smith became an international sensation with his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels....
In London’s Pimlico neighborhood lies a tenement described in architectural guides as “a building of no interest whatsoever". But the residents are a rather fascinating lot....
Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country...
When writer Paul Stewart heads to the idyllic Italian town of Montalcino to finish his already late book, it seems like the perfect escape from stressful city life....
When facing a moral dilemma, Isabel Dalhousie--Edinburgh philosopher, amateur detective, and title character - often refers to the great twentieth-century poet W. H. Auden....
For philosophically-minded Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, getting through life with a clear conscience requires careful thought. And whilst juggling the arrival of baby Charlie, a passionate relationship with his father Jamie, a truce with her furious niece Cat, and struggles for authority over her son with her formidable housekeeper Grace, Isabel finds herself drawn into the story of a painter's mysterious death off the island of Jura.
This time the curious Isabel Dalhousie interferes in an authenticity conundrum over an Andrew McKinness painting. Ironic parallels are drawn with her philosophical thoughts and her "real" life. There is space left for developing the themes of Brother Fox and the Tattoed Man in further novels. Jamie is the "perfect" father to baby Charlie. Is he too perfect? Cat as usual disappoints by her poor choice in men, Christopher Dove. How will AMS develop the new character of the apprentice stonemason?/nightclub bouncer? He has a clever knack of making me long for his next book.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
What other book might you compare The Careful Use of Compliments to, and why?
There are many books set in various parts of Scotland and narrated by people who are actually Scots and therefore familiar with the variety of Scots accents. This book is spoilt by the narrator.
What didn’t you like about Davina Porter’s performance?
Davina Porter is usually a reasonable narrator and I have enjoyed other books she has narrated but in this case her pronunciation of Scottish place names are so far off beam as to be almost laughable and no-one on the Isle of Jura, particularly the family (who actually exist) she is imitating, have ever spoken with the awful accent she uses. She has also grafted a Glasgow accent onto the characters from Edinburgh.
Could you see The Careful Use of Compliments being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
This worked really well as an audiobook. It is a well written story nicely put together and a good length. The characters are likeable and the narration is excellent. I immediately want to hear another in the series if there is one.
If you could sum up The Careful Use of Compliments in three words, what would they be?
Enjoyable, calming and intriguing
Any additional comments?
I wish Davina Porter could read all the Isabel Dalhousie series. I would listen again and again.