The sensational sixth installment in the best-selling chronicles of the irrepressibly curious Isabel Dalhousie.
Isabel's son, Charlie, is now of an age--eighteen months--to have a social life, and so off they go to a birthday party, where, much to Isabel's surprise, she encounters an old adversary, Minty Auchterlonie, now a high-flying financier. Minty had seemed to Isabel a woman of ruthless ambition, but the question of her integrity had never been answered. Now, when Minty takes Isabel into her confidence about a personal matter, Isabel finds herself going another round: Is Minty to be trusted? Or is she the perpetrator of an enormous financial fraud? And what should Isabel make of the rumors of shady financial transactions at Minty's investment bank?
Not that this is the only dilemma facing Isabel: she also crosses swords again with her nemesis, Professor Dove, in an argument over plagiarism. Of course her niece, Cat, has a new, problematic man (a tightrope walker ) in her life. And there remains the open question of marriage to Jamie--doting father of Charlie.
As always, there is no end to the delight in accompanying Isabel as she makes her way toward the heart of every problem: philosophizing, sleuthing, and downright snooping in her inimitable--and inimitably charming--fashion.
"From the Hardcover edition."
"The best of the Dalhousie tales so far." --The New York Examiner
"McCall Smith has created a world where humor is gentle. . . . It's a wonderful place to visit, even if we don't get to live there." --The Washington Post
"Wondrous. . . . Can McCall Smith do no wrong?" --Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Delightful. . . . McCall Smith weaves together plot and message with masterful charm." --Winston-Salem Journal
"CHarmingly told. . . . Its graceful prose shines, and Isabel's interior monologues--meditations on a variety of moral questions--are bemused, intelligent and entertaining." --The Seattle Times
"Genial. . . . Wise. . . . Glows like a rare jewel." --Entertainment Weekly
"Full of his insightful but gentle examinations of human nature. . . . Paints [a] rich portrait of Edinburgh." --Rocky Mountain News
"Endearing. . . . Offers tantalizing glimpses of Edinburgh's complex character and a nice, long look into the beautiful mind of a thinking woman." --The New York Times Book Review
"Habit-forming. . . . Leaves plenty of time for pondering mroal conundrums, the drinking of steaming cups of hot brew (coffee, in this case) and . . . gentle probing into the human condition." --The Oregonian
"Whimsical. . . . [A Memorable cast of characters. . . . McCall Smith's assessments of fellow humans are piercing and profound. . . . [His] depictions of Edinburgh are vivid and seamless. . . . His fans . . . are sure to embrace these moral peregrinations among the plaid." --San Francisco Chronicle