The latest novel in Alexander McCall Smith's much-loved Isabel Dalhousie series.
Recently distracted by the arrival of her and Jamie's second son, Magnus, Isabel Dalhousie - philanthropic editor of the Review of Applied Ethics - is anxious. The next issue of the Review is far from ready, her eldest, Charlie, is jealous, and their housekeeper, Grace, has an officious approach to childcare. With some relief, Isabel returns to helping out at her niece Cat's delicatessen, where surely the most taxing duty is the preparation of sandwiches.
It's not long before Isabel's helpful, philosophical nature draws her into customers' problems, specifically that of ambitious, self-proclaimed matchmaker, Bea Shandon. Bea has staged a potentially dangerous liaison involving enigmatic plastic surgeon, Tony MacUspaig, who may not be quite who he claims to be - and Isabel's help is required in getting to the truth of the matter.
When the truth finally reveals itself, Isabel must conclude that along with MacUspaig, Bea, Jamie - and even Cat - she herself is not immune to misunderstandings, or the neurotic fantasies that arise from keeping secrets....
©2017 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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"Alexander McCall Smith novels never fail to delight..." ( The Guardian)
"To say McCall Smith is a literary phenomenon doesn't quite describe what has happened. He has become more of a movement...[His books] make a splash of colour in a drab world and provide a genial buffer against the disappointments of life." ( The Telegraph)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Veronica on 19-10-17

Edinburgh wih love

Isabelle's lifestyle is se relaxing, and her view of life so peaceful!
I only wish the plot were thicker.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Colin McIntosh on 30-05-17

Good story. Bad narrator and story mistakes

I understand books moving hands and so you get different narrators but now more than ever it feels terribly proper and in no way Scottish.
Also saying Grace lives in rented flat but Isabel bought her a house for a jar of peppercorns and a few other things that didn't make sense in the book.
Story as always good but I do Miss Hillary Neville reading them but after all this I'm glad the mew book came out so quickly on audio

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ozzie on 21-10-17

Thought provoking!

As always, another lovely book featuring philosopher Isabel Dalhousie. Bea, an old classmate of Isabel, is something of a matchmaker and fears that by her latest attempt at matchmaking she has introduced a wealthy woman to a gold digger. Now feeling extremely concerned about a situation she has created, Bea turns to Isabel for help.

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