A Distant View of Everything

A Distant View of Everything

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A new baby brings an abundance of joy to Isabel and her husband, Jamie--but almost four-year-old son Charlie is none too keen on his newborn brother. In fact, he refuses to acknowledge Magnus, and Isabel must find a way to impress upon her older son the patience and understanding that have served as guiding principles in her own life. These are the very qualities that bring Bea Shandon, an old acquaintance of Isabel's, to seek her help in a tricky situation. Something of a matchmaker, Bea has introduced a wealthy female friend to a cosmetic surgeon at her most recent dinner party. Then new information comes to light about the cosmetic surgeon that causes Bea to doubt his motives and the auspiciousness of the match. Isabel agrees to find out more, but as her inquiries take an unexpected turn, she starts to wonder whom exactly she should be investigating. As ever, Isabel's intelligence, quick wit, and deep empathy will come to her aid as she grapples with the issues that are her bread and butter: friendship and its duties, the obligation of truthfulness, and the importance of perspective.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2017]
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781524780159
Branch Call Number: Lg Print Mystery McC
Characteristics: 369 pages (large print) ; 21 cm
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Sep 16, 2018

Surreal reading. Isabel displays many identical habits to those of Ramotswe. Imagining things, smiling to herself, same words to describe her feelings and emotions are used...not to mention why a mother of a newborn child would get involved into resolving someone’s shallow problems that have nothing to do with her whatsoever. Much ado about nothing. Also, at times I was thinking that I was reading Wikipedia...

Jul 31, 2018

Enjoyable, clever, entertaining, thought-provoking, at times humorous. Characters are easy to relate to and understand. About friendship, acceptance, different perspectives, not jumping to conclusions. Enjoyed the internal dialogue of the various characters as, in all Isabel Dalhousie Mysteries, they grappled with various issues/concerns. Very down-to-earth. Told well.

ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 22, 2017

A light touch, deep questions, transformative moments. “A world where humor is gentle, suffering is acknowledged but not foregrounded, and efforts to do good are usually rewarded. It’s a wonderful place to visit, even if we don’t get to live there.” —The Washington Post

CRRL_JoyO Oct 23, 2017

Another enjoyable visit with Isabel. I love how she so often goes off into a train of thoughts that have nothing to do with the conversation she is having with someone. I love that Charlie wants to put Magnus down the drain. I love Brother Fox and moral proximity and Isabel getting involved in things that aren’t really her business and Jaime’s music and their free association game.

Sep 28, 2017

Always enjoy the discussion on moral and ethical issues. Niece Cat has a bit of news in this installment, and young Charlie wishes his new brother Magnus would get washed down the drain! Isabel only has one intervention during this novel, but otherwise she is occupied with a young wife and mother's busy schedule. One doesn't always need to be professionally involved in a career as a woman today, and it was nice to enjoy a relaxed pace in this round.

Sep 04, 2017

This is the 2017 book in McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie series. Isabel is asked to investigate a doctor who seems to specialize in getting wealthy women to part with their money. I found this one somewhat more interesting to read than the last one, but only just. Isabel spends too much time counting angels on heads of pins and worrying about nonexistent issues!

Sep 01, 2017

As usual, absolutely excellent. Isabel always makes sure to leave no misunderstandings, although that would be so much easier.


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