The fourth novel in the hugely popular Sunday Philosophy Club series.
For philosophically minded Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, getting through life with a clear conscience requires careful thought. And with the arrival of baby Charlie, not to mention a passionate relationship with his father Jamie, fourteen years her junior, Isabel enters deeper and rougher waters.
Late motherhood is not the only challenge facing Isabel. Even as she negotiates 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. Perhaps most seriously of all, Isabel's professional existence and that of her beloved Review come under attack from the machiavellian and suspiciously handsome Professor Dove.
A master storyteller whether debating ethics in Edinburgh or pursuing lady detectives in Africa, here Alexander McCall Smith is as witty and wise as his irresistibly spirited heroine.
About the Author
Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over eighty books on a wide array of subjects. For many years he was Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh and served on national and international bioethics bodies. Then in 1999 he achieved global recognition for his award-winning No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, and thereafter devoted his time to the writing of fiction, including the 44 Scotland Street and the von Igelfeld series. His books have been translated into forty-six languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife Elizabeth, a doctor.
The No. 2 Lady Detective...anyone who loves Precious cannot fail to be charmed. [Mail on Sunday]Isabel Dalhousie's charm is undeniable. [The Sunday Times]McCall Smith has the gift of evoking an entire social atmosphere in very few and simple words. [Sunday Telegraph]McCall Smith's greatest gift as a writer - and God knows this is just one of many - is that he can write likeable characters. [New Statesman]
Series: Isobel Dalhousie Novels
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: September 2009
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.7 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.22