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Book Review: The Charming Quirks of Others

Alexander McCall Smith

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The Charming Quirks of Others by Alexander McCall Smith, is the 7th in the Sunday Philosophy Club series with Isabel Dalhousie.  Isabel is the owner and the Editor of The Review of Applied Ethics which is a quarterly Journal of Philosophy. She is also a mother to  2-year-old Charlie,  and her fiancé, Jamie, is a musician.

Whatever book you read written by McCall Smith, the one thing that stands out the most is how gracious, intelligent, and charming his heroines are. I also love his other books, The NO. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series, and the 44 Scotland St Series.

People come to Isabel to solve minor mysteries, she is in fact an amateur sleuth because of her philosophical training. In this book Isabel is asked to probe into the background of three candidates for the headmaster’s position at  Bishop Forbes School.  The school has received an anonymous letter which implicates one of the applicants but they are not sure which one. This leads Isabel to question many philosophical points, love, fidelity, honor, ambition, guilt, and trust.

To complicate matters further one of the applicants is going out with her niece Cat.

This is a lovely, gentle book which folds you in its arms and takes you on a journey. I am always amazed at how McCall Smith can write about his heroines in such an empathetic way.



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