Monday, 14 November 2011

Armchair Novel Review: The Charming Quirks of Others

The Charming Quirks of Others
An Isabel Dalhousie Novel
by Alexander McCall Smith

Paperback, 272 pages
Also available as an eBook, hardcover and in large print trade paperback

I believe that you could call any of Alexander McCall Smith's books The Charming Quirks of Others as that is what he writes best. His books are delightfully cozy and make for excellent fireside reading with a cup of hot tea and your warm slippers. (And the dog, of course).

In this book, number seven in the Isabel Dalhousie series, Isabel is given the task of secretly evaluating the characters of three gentlemen vying for the new headmaster position at a local prestigious boy's school.
A moral philosopher, Isabel is given to tangential thinking and flights of fantasy as she follows her intuition in her investigations. Between sleuthing out the possible ne'er-do-well in the group, balancing new motherhood and a new relationship, and editing her quarterly journal The Review of Applied Ethics - Isabel has a lot on her plate.

McCall Smith's books are both light-hearted and thought-provoking and his style of writing is absolutely charmingly. I love the Scottish cadence to the book and felt a sudden need to visit Edinburgh when I finished it.

More in the Isabel Dalhousie series:
The Sunday Philosophy Club
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
The Right Attitude to Rain
A Careful Use of Compliments
The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday
The Lost Art of Gratitude
The Forgotten Affairs of Youth

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