Tina Jordan
August 03, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Careful Use of Compliments

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Alexander McCall Smith
publisher
Pantheon
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B

Edinburgh sleuth —and philosophy journal editor — Isabel Dalhousie wonders why two brand-new paintings by a dead Scottish artist have suddenly come on the market in Alexander McCall Smith’s The Careful Use of Compliments.

Grisliest Death

Suicide by whirlpool, more or less, in the place where a fierce ocean current collides with an underwater mountain.

Lowdown

As always, Isabel’s relationships with her niece, Cat, and her lover, Jamie (with whom she’s just had a baby), outshine the actual mystery. B

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