A couple who are old friends of Isabel's ask for her help in a rather tricky situation: A successor is being sought for the headmaster position at their alma mater. The board has four final candidates but has received an anonymous letter alleging that one of them has a very serious skeleton in the closet. Could Isabel discreetly look into it? And so she does. What she discovers about all the candidates is surprising, but what she discovers in herself turns out to be equally revealingand she finds that she has also unwittingly upset Jamie, the father of her young son.
Isabel's investigation will have her exploring issues of charity, forgiveness, and humility as she moves nearer and nearer to some of the most hidden precincts of the heart.
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"With Isabel's shrewd and frequently funny assessments of people and McCall Smith's heady quotations from W. H. Auden, among others, the Isabel Dalhousie series continues to instruct and amuse." - Booklist
"As usual, crisp, often funny prose complements the author's limitless reserve of good will and understanding of people in general." - Publishers Weekly
"Starred Review. A powerful demonstration of Smith's ability to dramatize the ways everyday situations spawn the ethical dilemmas that keep philosophers in business." - Kirkus
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Alexander McCall Smith began the now highly successful 'No 1 Ladies Detective
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in 1998 but didn't arrive in the USA until 2001.
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