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Our favorite moral philosopher is caught up in a delicate dispute between members of a prominent family as her husband, Jamie, is dragged into his own internecine rivalry. 

Isabel accepts an invitation to serve on the advisory committee of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery but soon finds herself swept up in an all-too-familiar dilemma. David is the grandson of a Scottish clan chief and is supportive of Scottish nationalism. But his fervent beliefs are threatening family harmony, especially because his sister Catriona's socialist views put her at odds with her brother. When their mother, Laura, a fellow committee member, asks Isabel to intervene, she tries to demur. But always one for courteous resolutions to philosophical disagreements, Isabel can't help but intercede. 

In the meantime, Jamie, having criticized Isabel for getting involved in the affairs of others, does precisely that himself. Jamie is helping to select a new cellist for his ensemble, but he suspects that the conductor may be focused on something other than his favored candidate's cello skills. 

With so many factors complicating matters, Isabel and Jamie will have to muster all their tact and charm to ensure that comity is reached between all these fractious parties.

©2022 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2022 Recorded Books

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McCall Smith gone woke

If you want to be lectured on climate change, gay rights, how outdated Christianity is, the benefit of the “spirit world” and other sanctimonious musings from a millionaire, this is your book. If you wanted the charming story telling and interesting cases where Isabelle uses her grasp of language and human nature to solve the everyday problems of people around her, this book fails. Spare me!

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Underdeveloped

I generally love this series, but this book feels like it’s half a book. So many plot threads that nothing was ever done with, and many storylines just feel undeveloped and unresolved. A disappointing story.

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Very disappointed

I had really been looking forward to a new Isabel Dalhousie book. However, the book felt like a lecture, and the author seemed to be ticking off various boxes of liberal thought. Sigh. Will be returning this one.

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Very disappointed.

In my opinion, there was no real story line here. Just constant dialogue about philosophy. I was horribly disappointed! McCall Smith books always had great, well developed characters and an intertwined storyline that made you care about them. I forced myself to listen hoping for some kind of storyline! It just does not feel like an Alexander McCall Smith book. If I could return it I would.