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

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Knopf Canada, Oct 23, 2012 - Fiction - 272 pages
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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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User Review  - BrianEWilliams - LibraryThing

This is another successful demonstration of the author’s characteristic chatty style of story-telling that he uses in his Isabel Dalhousie series. Isabel agrees to help Duncan, a friend of a friend ... Read full review

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User Review  - marty76 - LibraryThing

This book was surprisingly good. It was low suspense and thus created minimal anxiety yet still provided the right level of interest. It was a great read for just relaxing. 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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