A Distant View of Everything

A Distant View of Everything

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"A new baby brings an abundance of joy to Isabel Dalhousie and her husband, Jamie--but Isabel's almost four-year-old son, Charlie, is none too keen on his newborn brother. In fact, Charlie refuses to acknowledge Magnus, and Isabel must find a way to impress upon her older son the patience and understanding that have served as guiding principles in her own life. These are, of course, the qualities that bring Rosemary Hipple, an old acquaintance of Isabel's, to seek her help in a tricky situation. Rosemary is something of a matchmaker and has brought together a cosmetic surgeon and a successful banker at her most recent dinner party. But new information comes to light about the cosmetic surgeon that causes Rosemary to doubt the auspiciousness of the match. Isabel agrees to find out more, but her inquiries take an unexpected turn, and she starts to wonder which of the two she should be investigating after all. As ever, her intelligence, quick wit and deep empathy for others will come to her aid as she grapples with the issues that are her bread and butter: friendship and its duties, the obligation of truthfulness and the importance of perspective."--
Publisher: Toronto :, Alfred A. Knopf Canada,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780345808677
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY MCC
Characteristics: 240 pages : map ; 22 cm

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Sep 28, 2017

Always enjoy the discussion on moral and ethical issues. Niece Cat has a bit of news in this installment, and young Charlie wishes his new brother Magnus would get washed down the drain! Isabel only has one intervention during this novel, but otherwise she is occupied with a young wife and mother's busy schedule. One doesn't always need to be professionally involved in a career as a woman today, and it was nice to enjoy a relaxed pace in this round.

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pokano
Sep 04, 2017

This is the 2017 book in McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie series. Isabel is asked to investigate a doctor who seems to specialize in getting wealthy women to part with their money. I found this one somewhat more interesting to read than the last one, but only just. Isabel spends too much time counting angels on heads of pins and worrying about nonexistent issues!

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rukashaza5
Sep 01, 2017

As usual, absolutely excellent. Isabel always makes sure to leave no misunderstandings, although that would be so much easier.

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