For philosophically-minded Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, getting through life with a clear conscience requires careful thought. And whilst juggling the arrival of baby Charlie, a passionate relationship with his father Jamie, a truce with her furious niece Cat, and struggles for authority over her son with her formidable housekeeper Grace, Isabel finds herself drawn into the story of a painter's mysterious death off the island of Jura.
"Isabel Dalhousie's charm is undeniable" (Sunday Times)
"McCall Smith has the gift of evoking an entire social atmosphere in very few and simple words" (Sunday Telegraph)
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The Careful Use of Compliments
The narrator needs to do a bit of research
There are many books set in various parts of Scotland and narrated by people who are actually Scots and therefore familiar with the variety of Scots accents. This book is spoilt by the narrator.
Davina Porter is usually a reasonable narrator and I have enjoyed other books she has narrated but in this case her pronunciation of Scottish place names are so far off beam as to be almost laughable and no-one on the Isle of Jura, particularly the family (who actually exist) she is imitating, have ever spoken with the awful accent she uses. She has also grafted a Glasgow accent onto the characters from Edinburgh.