Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Lost Art of Gratitude

1. The Lost Art of Gratitude, by Alexander McCall Smith

An Isabel Dalhousie novel.

I first encountered Alexander McCall Smith through The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, but for whatever reason that series did not hold my interest as much as this one, or his 44 Scotland Street series (the latest of which I have placed on reserve at my library). Perhaps it is because, to some extent, I identify with the older, intellectual Isabel Dalhousie (though having neither her wealth, her leisure, or her hot younger lover!).

Be that as it may, I enjoyed this most recent entry of the series, in which Isabel's relationship with Jamie, the father of her child, advances apace, while her niece Cat yet again chooses an unsuitable companion. Isabel is challenged anew by her nemesis, Professor Dove, who accuses her of plagiarism, and, once again, she bests him. She is also approached by financier Minty Auchterlonie, who wants her help in dealing with the father of her child, a man not her husband. All this leads to musings about trust, reputation and relationships.

As always, a pleasant read.


  1. Hi - I just wanted to comment on your brilliantly eloquent comment at Heidenkind's blog. I found myself mentally thrusting my fist in the air, thinking "Yes, exactly so!" Thanks.

  2. And here was me thinking this was going to be a book on etiquette!