The Lost Art of Gratitude.

By Alexander McCall Smith

Printed: 2009

Publisher: Little Brown. London

Edition: First edition

Dimensions 17 × 24 × 3 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 17 x 24 x 3

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In the original dustsheet. Tan cloth binding with brown title on the spine.

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The sixth book in this bestselling series gives us Isabel, intrigue — both moral and financial — a fox bite, two engagements and at least one wedding! While attending a second birthday party with her son, Charlie, Isabel meets Minty Auchterlonie, a ruthlessly ambitious high-flying financier who first appeared in The Sunday Philosophy Club. Minty heads a small investment bank and may or may not be deceiving her shareholders. Isabel faces a dilemma: she has information which could prevent the investors from being cheated — but how can she be sure of it? Meanwhile, Isabel’s niece, Cat, becomes engaged to a stunt man who is also a funambulist. However, the fiancé is about to take up a highly dangerous engagement that Isabel fears will end in disaster, even as Isabel herself considers embarking on an extreme adventure of her own….

Reviews   –  “Thank goodness…for the deliciously evil Minty Auchterlonie, a pretentious, manipulative and entirely self-absorbed banker acquaintance who is so entertainingly toxic that she’s as appealing as she is appalling…. Delightfully squirm-inducing.” Edmonton Journal

Praise for the Isabel Dalhousie Series:

“A memorable cast of characters…. McCall Smith’s assessments of fellow humans are piercing and profound…. His depictions of Edinburgh are vivid and seamless…. His fans…are sure to embrace these moral peregrinations among the plaid.” San Francisco Chronicle

“Scotland is a village…just as exotic and compelling, in its way, as Botswana. When authors as clever as McCall Smith pursue such parallel tracks, readers are doubly well-served.” The Wall Street Journal


About the Author – Alexander “Sandy” McCall Smith, CBE, FRSE (born 24 August 1948), is a British legal scholar and author of fiction. He was raised in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and was formerly Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh. He became an expert on medical law and bioethics and served on related British and international committees. He has since become known as a fiction writer, with sales in English exceeding 40 million by 2010 and translations into 46 languages. He is known as the creator of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.The “McCall” derives from his great-great-grandmother Bethea McCall, who married James Smith at Glencairn, Dumfries-shire, in 1833.

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