A Distant View of Everything

A Distant View of Everything

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"A new baby brings an abundance of joy to Isabel Dalhousie and her husband, Jamie--but Isabel's almost four-year-old son, Charlie, is none too keen on his newborn brother. In fact, Charlie refuses to acknowledge Magnus, and Isabel must find a way to impress upon her older son the patience and understanding that have served as guiding principles in her own life. These are, of course, the qualities that bring Rosemary Hipple, an old acquaintance of Isabel's, to seek her help in a tricky situation. Rosemary is something of a matchmaker, and has brought together a cosmetic surgeon and a successful banker at her most recent dinner party. But new information comes to light about the cosmetic surgeon that causes Rosemary to doubt the auspiciousness of the match. Isabel agrees to find out more, but her inquiries takes an unexpected turn, and she starts to wonder which of the two she should be investigating after all."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2017
Edition: First United States edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780307908940
0307908941
Branch Call Number: MYS MCCAL-A
Characteristics: 240 pages ; 22 cm

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CRRL_JoyOToole Oct 23, 2017

Another enjoyable visit with Isabel. I love how she so often goes off into a train of thoughts that have nothing to do with the conversation she is having with someone. I love that Charlie wants to put Magnus down the drain. I love Brother Fox and moral proximity and Isabel getting involved in things that aren’t really her business and Jaime’s music and their free association game.

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1_Great_Book
Sep 28, 2017

Always enjoy the discussion on moral and ethical issues. Niece Cat has a bit of news in this installment, and young Charlie wishes his new brother Magnus would get washed down the drain! Isabel only has one intervention during this novel, but otherwise she is occupied with a young wife and mother's busy schedule. One doesn't always need to be professionally involved in a career as a woman today, and it was nice to enjoy a relaxed pace in this round.

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pokano
Sep 04, 2017

This is the 2017 book in McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie series. Isabel is asked to investigate a doctor who seems to specialize in getting wealthy women to part with their money. I found this one somewhat more interesting to read than the last one, but only just. Isabel spends too much time counting angels on heads of pins and worrying about nonexistent issues!

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rukashaza5
Sep 01, 2017

As usual, absolutely excellent. Isabel always makes sure to leave no misunderstandings, although that would be so much easier.

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