The Careful Use of Compliments

The Careful Use of Compliments

By Alexander McCall Smith

Anchor Books, Paperback, 9781400077120, 247pp.

Publication Date: August 26, 2008


Nothing captures the charm of Edinburgh like the bestselling Isabel Dalhousie series of novels featuring the insatiably curious philosopher and woman detective. Whether investigating a case or a problem of philosophy, the indefatigable Isabel Dalhousie, one of fiction's most richly developed amateur detectives, is always ready to pursue the answers to all of life's questions, large and small.
In the fourth installment of this enchanting, beloved series, Isabel Dalhousie, who is now a mother, returns to investigate an irresistible puzzle in the art world.

Isabel Dalhousie the nosiest and most sympathetic philosopher you are likely to meet now has a son, Charlie, whose doting father Jamie has an intriguing idea to pose to Isabel: marriage. But Isabel wonders if Jamie is too young to be serious? And how would Cat respond? On top of these matters, the ambitious Professor Dove has seized Isabel's position as editor of the" Review of Applied Ethics." However, nothing it seems can diminish Isabel's innate curiosity. And when she recognizes that two paintings attributed to a deceased artist have simultaneously appeared on the market, she can't help but think that they're forgeries. So Isabel begins an investigation and soon finds herself diverted from her musings about parenthood and onto a path of inquiry into the soul of an artist.

About the Author
Alexander McCall Smith is best known for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, beloved New York Times and international best sellers. A practicing professor of medical law and the author of over fifty books, ranging from children's fiction to folktales to The Criminal Law of Botswana, he lives in Edinburgh.

Praise For The Careful Use of Compliments

“Delightful…. McCall Smith's talent for dialog is matched only by his gift for characterization.”—Chicago Tribune “Just the right sort of thing to slip into a suitcase for an end-of-summer vacation.”—Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram“Isabel Dalhousie is one of the most irresistible sleuths in modern fiction.”—Tucson Citizen