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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith has become a household name through his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Now he continues his equally charming Isabel Dalhousie series with the third mystery starring the highly ethical, plucky protagonist.

Isabel's life is thrown for a few loops when her cousin Mimi arrives from Dallas with her husband Joe. Through Mimi and Joe, Isabel meets Texas hotshot Tom Bruce, who is about to marry someone Isabel suspects of gold-digging. Further complicating matters, Tom seems to have an unusual level of interest in Isabel. Meanwhile, Isabel has her own feelings to deal with, not to mention those of her beloved niece Cat, whose romantic interest may not be up to snuff.

It would all be quite a lot for one person to contend with if that person wasn't Isabel, who is always ready to apply her well-defended sense of ethics to any situation.

Woman of mystery: listen to more in the Isabel Dalhousie series.
©2006 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC

Critic Reviews

"Charmingly told...Its graceful prose shines, and Isabel's interior monologues - meditations on a variety of moral questions - are bemused, intelligent, and entertaining." (The Seattle Times)
"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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  • Marija
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • 02-05-07

brain candy

I love this entire series, and found this book to be different than the last two, but still great. One of my favorite things about Mr. McCall-Smith's books is his ability to get inside the head of each of us and bring to life all those crazy thoughts and worries we all have but hide from others. This book excels in bringing to life Ms. Dalhousy's personal growth and new experiences in life in a way that has been stilted in previous books. The reader/performer is also excellent, using different accents and tones to express each character.
If you want mysteries to solve, this book doesn't have them, but if you want to enjoy the fun of personal growth and experimentation through the eyes of a 42yo brilliant woman, then this is the book for you.

23 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Joanne
  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
  • 05-17-08

Another winner

This is the second Alexander McCall Smith series I am hooked on now. What started as a gamble with the first dectective agency has now grown into a full blown following!
I have enjoyed this title in the series best so far with Isabell in and out of scrapes throughout the story - the shocking revelation at the end of the book did it for me!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Angie
  • Kansas City, MO, United States
  • 03-19-08

Another good one

Alexander McCall Smith never dissappoints. I love his books, I love his characters. They are happy, light and carefree listens.

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  • Jakhara
  • san francisco, CA, United States
  • 03-13-15

Lovely story, lovely narrator

A nice quiet story for a nice lovely day. This is one of the series that I find myself returning to again and again

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Fabulous Read

This was the finest book (so far) in the series. I can hardly wait to start the next one! I was caught off guard with the ending!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • N
  • Greer, SC, USA
  • 01-26-09

Good book

Good read and one of my favorite narrators. I would buy it again.

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Another AMS victory

Thanks for another wonderful character study.
This was a delightful read.

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Wait for it...

I have loved each of the books in this series about Isabel Dalhousie. And, this one was no different, except for one caveat...there were no pauses between the last sentence of each chapter and the subsequent announcement of the next chapter. No pause whatsoever. It gave a feeling of one long run on sentence, from "Chapter One" to "The End". Distracting. It's wasn't the narrator's fault. It was the director's fault, I suppose. However, I am buying the next installment as soon as this review is complete. Alexander McCall Smith never disappoints.

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Pleasant and Intelligent

Really worth the read. I love Davina Porter's narrator and voices. I don't hear the American accents as American, and I would know. Porter's American accents are jarring and extremely unpleasant to an American ear. And Editor please take note: The beginnings of chapters cut off the ends of the previous chapters in some instances. In all instances the beginnings of chapters follow too quickly on the ends of the previous chapters.

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I love Davina Porter

I believe that Davina could read the encyclopedia and keep me interested. And Alexander McCall Smith can be relied upon to spin a heartwarming yet reasonably realistic yarn. Very pleasant all around.