Friday Finds

Friday Finds is  hosted by Should Be Reading.

I have just one ‘find’ this week. I’ve only recently discovered how good Alexander McCall Smith’s Isabel Dalhousie novels are. There are seven in the series and I’ve read just two of them so far. The latest one in the series is due out in September. It is:

The Charming Quirks of Others

Description from the publishers Little, Brown Book Group:

Isabel Dalhousie, Edinburgh philosopher and curious observer of the behaviour of her fellow man, is approached by a friend at a local boarding school that is planning to appoint a new headmaster; an anonymous letter has arrived suggesting that one of the shortlisted candidates has a compromising past. But which one is it? Isabel is once again drawn into an investigation, and finds herself exploring dilemmas of human weakness and forgiveness. She turns to her fiancé Jamie for advice, but he too appears to have something to hide . . .

That gives me time to catch up reading the others in the series before this one is published (links to Alexander McCall Smith’s website):

  • The Sunday Philosophy Club
  • Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
  • The Right Attitude to Rain – read
  • The Careful Use of Compliments – read
  • The Comfort of Saturdays – waiting to be read
  • The Lost Art of Gratitude
  • 4 thoughts on “Friday Finds

    1. This reminds me of someone we called for interview for a Senior Lecturer position only to find out by sheer chance that his entire CV was fabricated. I suspect it happens more often than anyone is prepared to admit.


    2. Margaret – I’m glad you like Alexander McCall Smith’s work. I’m a fan, myself, although I must admit I prefer his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. I think it’s remarkable that he’s created two such different series. Not a lot of authors do that well.


    3. I read the first two Isabel Dalhousie books but haven’t made time to read the rest, but I plan to. I actually like them better than the #1 Ladies books–I thought the later were fresh, funny, and interesting–but I could relate on a more personal level to the Isabel stories. Both series are great, though, and I agree with Margot that it’s interesting how they seem to be so different from each other.


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