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“Entertaining and enchanting reading about characters you think you know—and wish you did.” —Las Vegas Review Journal
“Dalhousie [is] back in true form. . . . An endearing, intelligent and kindly character.” —The Charleston Post & Courier
“Readers get to soak up the cozy atmosphere of this Scottish university town and McCall Smith’s gentle good will.” —The Boston Globe
“A real treat.” —The Plain Dealer
“Subtle, surprising, and incisive.” —Sacramento Book Review
"You don't read these books to find out 'who done it,' you read them for the pleasure of spending a few hours following a sensitive, intellectual woman as she roams around Edinburgh speculating ingeniously about everything from moral responsibility to aesthetics and metaphysics." —BlogCritics
“McCall Smith’s latest novel featuring the wise but impish Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie. . . . [And] countless small adventures and gentle observations.” —The Toronto Star
“Totally absorbing. . . . Isabel is everything you’d want in a philosopher, but she is also quirky and witty.” —Booklist (starred review)
“You needn’t be a series-long admirer of Isabel Dalhousie to be beguiled by this curious philosopher and casual sleuth. . . . A heroine worth following.” —Publishers Weekly
“McCall Smith’s talent for dialogue is matched only by his gift for characterization. It’s hard to believe that he could make up a character as complex and unique as Isabel. She is by turns fearless, vulnerable, headstrong, and insecure, but always delightful.” —Chicago Tribune
“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
“In Mma Ramotswe, [McCall Smith] minted one of the most memorable heroines in any modern fiction. Now, with the creation of Isabel Dalhousie, he’s done it again. . . . She’s such good company, it’s hard to believe she’s fictional. You finish [one] installment greedily looking forward to more.” —Newsweek
“Isabel is a force to be reckoned with.”—USA Today
Alexander McCall Smith is also the author of the beloved bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is also the author of numerous children’s books. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland. Visit his website at www.alexandermccallsmith.com.
I like this series my Alexander McCall Smith and have read each one in the series so far.
Another great story about Isabel, the dilemma of morality in a mercenary world and her insight, compassion and love for humanity in all it's guises.
I find myself skipping paragraphs, and even entire pages, as each book is too much like the previous.
How the author manages to entertain while taking on the challenges we all face is amazing to me. Love this series.Published 21 days ago by nofuddyduddy
The Forgotten Affairs of Youth (2011) is the eighth inquiry novel in the Isabel Dalhousie series, following The Charming Quirks of Others. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bill Jordin
I have read all of this series and enjoyed each one. I find Isabel's musings and thoughts entertaining as they range from seeing comic elements in certain situations to pondering... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jo Shannon
if you are an Isabel Dalhousie fan, this one is as enjoyable as all the others. If you haven't yet read any of Alexander McCall Smith's series, i suggest that you start with the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Notbonevof his better novels....I got a bit bored with it because it felt like nothing new. The adoption mystery seemed a bit unlikely with the adoptee accepting a man who wasn't... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Theresa
this a great book that I enjoyed. I would recommend it to anyone. It is on my list of books to read again and againPublished 4 months ago by hanser
this is a very good book. I would recommend ti to anyone who is interested in a good book. excellantPublished 4 months ago by Chris Egidi
McCall Smith creates his characters and they are recognizable in any book that they appear in. Isabel is one of those characters, but the adventures are quite different. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shirley