The Right Attitude to Rain by Alexander McCall Smith

By Alexander McCall Smith

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Nothing captures the attraction of Edinburgh just like the bestselling Isabel Dalhousie sequence of novels that includes the insatiably curious thinker and lady detective.  no matter if investigating a case or an issue of philosophy, the indefatigable Isabel Dalhousie, one in all fiction’s such a lot richly built novice detectives, is often able to pursue the solutions to all of life’s questions, huge and small.

The delectable new installment within the bestselling and already liked adventures of Isabel Dalhousie and her no-nonsense housekeeper, Grace.

When pals from Dallas arrive in Edinburgh and introduce Isabel to Tom Bruce – a bigwig at domestic in Texas – numerous confounding occasions unfurl right away. Tom’s younger fiancée’s roving eye leads Isabel to think that money could be the root of her love for Tom. yet what, Isabel wonders, is the basis of the curiosity Tom starts to teach for Isabel herself? and she or he can’t ignore her niece, Cat, who’s busy falling for a guy whom Isabel suspects of being an incorrigible mama’s boy. in fact Grace and Isabel’s pal Jamie counsel Isabel to stick out of it all, yet there are impossible to resist philosophical matters at stake – whilst to inform the reality and whilst to maintain one’s mouth close, to be particular – and philosophical matters are meat and drink to Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the assessment of utilized Ethics. at the least, she’s definite of the moral foundation for a bit sleuthing from time to time – in particular whilst the issues contain issues of the heart.

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I met her new boyfriend,” she said casually. “I was passing by the deli and I popped in. ” Isabel looked down at her soup. ” “He’s called Patrick,” she said. ” “Oh,” said Isabel. ” “Apparently Jamie knows him too,” Grace volunteered. “They were at school together. Same age. ” This was unexpected information, so Isabel again said, “Oh,” and continued with her soup. That gave her something to think about, and she did so, while Grace continued to talk about something that had happened at her spiritualist meeting the previous evening.

That had not been very helpful, and it had reminded Isabel, inconsequentially, of Wittgenstein’s account of his last meeting with Gottlob Frege. ’” Isabel was not sure whether this was funny. She thought it might be, but stories told by philosophers which appeared to be funny were sometimes not funny at all, but very serious. And sometimes very serious remarks made by philosophers were, in fact, jokes, and intended to be taken as such. Jamie had arrived at the café first that morning, and she found him already seated at the table near the window, paging through a musical score.

I wouldn’t care to be away from my own bed for a month,” said Grace. ” “Mimi and Joe are different,” said Isabel. “I like having them to stay. And…” She was about to say, “And they’re my guests, after all,” but stopped herself. It was no business of Grace’s how long her guests should stay (and that plate is not dirty, she thought), but that was not the way the house, or Isabel’s life, was ordered. Isabel was Grace’s business, at least in Grace’s mind, and that was the view which prevailed. Grace dipped the plate into the water and began to scrub at the recalcitrant fragments of food.

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