When Mimi, Isabels cousin from Dallas, arrives in Edinburgh with her husband, Joe, several confounding situations unfurl. First, Mimi and Joe introduce Isabel to Tom Bruce a bigwig back home in Texas. The roving eye of Toms young fiancée leads Isabel to believe that money may be at the root of her love for Tom. But what, Isabel wonders, is at the root of Toms interest in Isabel herself? Then there are the feelings that Isabel has for Jamie, which are certainly hard to ignore. And she mustnt forget about her niece, Cat, whos busy falling for a man whom Isabel suspects of being an incorrigible mamas boy.
Of course, Jamie counsels Isabel to stay out of it all, but there are irresistible philosophical issues at stake when to tell the truth and when to keep ones mouth shut, to be precise and philosophical issues are meat and drink to Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics. In any case, Isabel is certain of the ethical basis for a little sleuthing now and again especially when the problems involve matters of the heart.
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