Friday, November 6, 2009

Book Review: The Lost Art of Gratitude by Alexander McCall Smith

Book Description:
The sensational sixth installment in the best-selling chronicles of the irrepressibly curious Isabel Dalhousie.

Isabel’s son, Charlie, is now of an age—eighteen months—to have a social life, and so off they go to a birthday party, where, much to Isabel’s surprise, she encounters an old adversary, Minty Auchterlonie, now a high-flying financier. Minty had seemed to Isabel a woman of ruthless ambition, but the question of her integrity had never been answered. Now, when Minty takes Isabel into her confidence about a personal matter, Isabel finds herself going another round: Is Minty to be trusted? Or is she the perpetrator of an enormous financial fraud? And what should Isabel make of the rumors of shady financial transactions at Minty's investment bank?

Not that this is the only dilemma facing Isabel: she also crosses swords again with her nemesis, Professor Dove, in an argument over plagiarism. Of course her niece, Cat, has a new, problematic man (a tightrope walker!) in her life. And there remains the open question of marriage to Jamie—doting father of Charlie.

As always, there is no end to the delight in accompanying Isabel as she makes her way toward the heart of every problem: philosophizing, sleuthing, and downright snooping in her inimitable—and inimitably charming—fashion.

My thoughts:
I accidently requested The Lost Art of Gratitude:An Isabel Dalhousie Novel by Alexander McCall Smith thinking I was requesting the next book in the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series. Since I was behind in reading the Isabel Dalhousie Series I added it to my pile to be read. It really took me a long time to get into this book, but about half way through I seemed to get into the story and ended up enjoying it. After I finished reading the book I finally realized that I hadn't read The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday, the fifth book in the Isabel Dalhousie Series, which probably would have helped. So, I'm now off now to order The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday!

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