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The Charming Quirks of Others (Isabel Dalhousie, Bk 7)
The Charming Quirks of Others - Isabel Dalhousie, Bk 7
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Isabel has been asked to discreetly investigate the candidates for the position of headmaster at a local boys’ school. The board has three final candidates but has received an anonymous letter alleging that one of them is not suitable.What she discovers about the candidates is surprising, but what she discovers about herself and about Jami...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780307739391
ISBN-10: 0307739392
Publication Date: 9/6/2011
Pages: 272
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  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Interesting. This was the first book I've read in this mystery series (it's the seventh). I really enjoyed the writing style - the protagonist is a philosophical ethicist, and the main point of the book is really to allow her to muse on whatever topic happens to cross her mind. Occasionally she comes across as a bit overly saintly, but overall her thoughts are both witty and enjoyable, and make for an unusually convincing representation of an extremely smart character. (Too often, in fiction, a reader is merely told that a character is very intelligent, but they don't do anything to prove it.)
That said, the plot is very thin. The pretext for the protagonist to be doing the investigation is rather flimsy, and the investigation itself isn't that exciting (a background check on a number of candidates for a school administrator's position). A subplot about the worry that her fiancee might be cheating on her wasn't of that much interest, either, and was a little unconvincing... maybe it would have made more sense if I'd read the previous books, but she seemed to be acting like a much more inexperienced woman than a fifty-ish divorcee.
I'll read more of this series if I come across them, but won't go out of my way to hunt them down.
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I found this book #7 boring; there is no other way to put it. I give it a 2-star rating.

I have read and enjoyed all previous books in the series except for this one. I found myself skipping pages, a lot o them, due to the plot being unrelated to the subject at hand, of little value to the enrichment of the story.

One saving grace -no pun intended- was the little drama with Jamie and Prue, I was hoping for some scandalous breach of trust or inappropriate conduct but no, it looked like it and that kept me reading.

When are they finally getting married? This series needs to pick up a bit or I'll give up on it.


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