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THE MAIDENS (HB)
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Quentin Tarantino's long-awaited first work of fiction - at once hilarious, delicious, and brutal ...(+)

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Alexander McCall Smith  
 
 

THE THIRTEENTH INSTALLMENT OF THE MUCH-LOVED ISABEL DALHOUSIE SERIES

When Isabel Dalhousie and her husband Jamie book a table at an expensive Edinburgh restaurant, she finds herself battling with her conscience. Lately, there has been a lull in work for the Review of Applied Ethics, and the care of their young sons, Charlie and Magnus, is often undertaken by their housekeeper Grace. Is Isabel deserving of such a luxurious dinner?

But Isabel holds herself to impossible moral standards. Not so, the parents of one of Jamie's students, who have no qualms about ensuring their son's place in the school orchestra, despite his mediocre talent. In the restaurant, Isabel witnesses a row between local businessmen; another reminder that thoughtless ambition is too often second nature to others.

Compelled to intervene in the aftermath, Isabel's sense of integrity is observed by a fellow diner, Iain Melrose, who seeks out her help. He must decide which of his remaining relatives should one day inherit his estate. Isabel, he believes, would make a just executor of his will.

While she deliberates, another troubling situation arises with her niece, Cat, whose relationship with the unlikeable Leo is causing her to behave recklessly, putting Isabel in a very difficult position.  

Faced with such weighty decisions, can Isabel balance compassion and integrity to make the right choice for all, and to protect those she holds dear to her heart?

Book(s) by Alexander McCall Smith

The Geometry of Holding Hands (PB)
   
Promise of Ankles (PB)
   
The Talented Mr Varg (B Pb) (PB)
   
How to Raise an Elephant: Botswana 21 (PB)
   
To the Land of Long Lost Friends (TPB)
   
The Department of Sensitive Crimes (PB)
   
MY ITALIAN BULLDOZER (PB)
   
The House of Unexpected Sisters (TPB)
   
Precious and Grace (PB)
   
A Distant View of Everything (PB)
   
The Revolving Door of Life (PB)
   
The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine (PB)
   
The Novel Habits of Happiness (PB)
   
The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine (PB)
   
The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café (PB)
   
The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café (TPB)
   
The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds (PB)
   
Sunshine on Scotland Street (PB)
   
The Forgotten Affairs Of Youth (PB)
   
The Limpopo Academy Of Private Detection (PB)
   
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (PB)
   
The Double Comfort Safari Club (PB)
   
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate (PB)
   
The Right Attitude To Rain (PB)
   
The Careful Use Of Compliments (PB)
   
The Sunday Philosophy Club (PB)
   
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (PB)
   
The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds (PB)
   
The Careful Use Of Compliments (PB)
   
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate (PB)
   
The Sunday Philosophy Club (PB)
   
Unusual Uses For Olive Oil (PB)
   
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate (HB)
   
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (PB)
   
The Double Comfort Safari Club (PB)
   
The Double Comfort Safari Club (HB)
   
The Miracle At Speedy Motors (HB)
   
The Miracle At Speedy Motors (PB)
   
The Charming Quirks Of Others (PB)
   
The Lost Art of Gratitude (HB)
   
The Comfort Of Saturdays (HB)
   
The Comfort Of Saturdays (PB)
   
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (PB)
   
The Careful Use Of Compliments (HB)
   
The Right Attitude To Rain (HB)
   
The Sunday Philosophy Club (HB)
   
Morality for Beautiful Girls (PB)
   
La's Orchestra Saves The World (PB)
   
A Conspiracy Of Friends (PB)
   
The Good Husband Of Zebra Drive (PB)
   
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (PB)
   
The Dog Who Came In From The Cold (PB)
   
Importance Of Being Seven (PB)
   
The Lost Art of Gratitude (PB)
   
The Double Comfort Safari Club (PB)
   
The Charming Quirks Of Others (PB)
   
Unusual Uses of Olive Oil (HB)
   
The World According to Bertie (CD) (PB)
   
The Unbearable Lightness of Scones (PB)
   
The Miracle at Speedy Motors (PB)
   
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built (PB)
   
Tears of the Giraffe (PB)
   
The 2 1/2 Pillars of Wisdom (PB)
   
The Sunday Philosophy Club (PB)
   
The Careful Use of Compliments (PB)
   
44 Scotland Street (PB)
   
Espresso Tales (PB)
   
Love Over Scotland (PB)
   
The Full Cupboard of Life (PB)
   
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (PB)
   
Corduroy Mansions (PB)
   
Blue Shoes and Happiness (Download) (PB)
   
The Comfort of Saturdays (PB)
   
The Right Attitude to Rain (PB)
   
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (PB)
   
The Kalahari Typing School for Men (PB)
   
Morality For Beautiful Girls (PB)
   

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:Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith has turned to writing full-time. He is the author...(+)