The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (9)

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Random House LLC, Oct 23, 2012 - Fiction
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Isabel, Jamie and Charlie are off to Highland Perthshire to visit an old schoolfriend of Isabel's, who married into a family of wealthy newspaper owners. The weekend is a success apart from one thing: Charlie witnesses a fox being shot by the estate manager, and is very upset. A few weeks later, the Edinburgh press reports a major art theft from the friend's Highland estate, including a valuable Dutch masterwork that was going to pay the estate tax. In helping her friend and the team of lawyers to negotiate the ethical dilemmas of paying ransom for the painting's return, Isabel will face her first real criminals. The lawyers are distinctly suspect, and may be closely tied to the thieves--they may even be the thieves themselves. At the same time, she must confront the thorny issues of old friendships that have run their course and truth-telling in the provision of references.


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It has a plot even though it's quite slim. - Goodreads
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I'm not sure what genre this book is under, but if you like crime, you'll be disappointed. It took me a few CDs to realise there was a storyline of a painting being stolen, but most of the book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Trudy - Goodreads

Maybe I am being a little harsh giving this book only 1 star, but I simply couldn't like the main character. She seemed arrogant, boring, and judgmental. Her son's was the most perfect 3, almost 4 ... Read full review

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ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH is also the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and of the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. The author lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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