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The Lost Art of Gratitude: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel
 
 
Author
Alexander McCall Smith.
Publisher Pantheon  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780375425141
Pages/Publication Date 262/2009
Daedalus Item Code 31049
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The indefatigable Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics and the most original moral philosopher in Edinburgh, accompanies her young son Charlie to a friend's birthday party, only to encounter an old adversary, Minty Auchterlonie. Now a financier, Minty has been pursued by tax investigators and harassed by a mysterious correspondent, and she wants Isabel's help in a personal matter. But Minty has yet to inspire Isabel's trust in this, her sixth outing (after The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday). Nor is this the only dilemma facing Isabel, as she crosses swords again with her nemesis Professor Dove in an argument over plagiarism while her niece Cat brings home another problematic man—a tightrope walker this time—and Charlie's father Jamie keeps Isabel wondering if they will ever wed.

"Smith's quietly triumphant sixth novel to feature Scottish philosopher Isabel Dalhousie shows that Isabel and the author's other, better-known female sleuth—Precious Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series—are sisters under the skin, despite obvious differences. Minty Auchterlonie, who once alerted Isabel to some insider trading, fears someone is out to get her. The tax authorities have suddenly investigated Minty, and an unknown party has sent her a funeral wreath. When Isabel looks into these provocative acts, she draws on lessons learned from the journal she edits, the Review of Applied Ethics, to arrive at the complex truth behind them.... Smith's trademark humor and telling observations about people heighten the appeal."—Publishers Weekly

 
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