The Quiet Side of Passion

The Quiet Side of Passion

Isabel is not in favour of tattoos, or of those who execute them, but her assumptions are misguided, and she discovers that the tattoo artist has very fine qualities. (They become friendly, and he even offers to give her a free tattoo--a ...

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Vintage Books Canada

ISBN: 0345808711


Page: 304

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The next novel from perentially bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith featuring his Scottiush sleuth, Isabel Dalhousie, as she grapples with complex matters of the heart and juggles her responsibilities to friends, family, and the philosophical community. With two small boys to raise, a mountain of articles to edit for the Review of Applied Ethics, and the ever-increasing demands of her niece, Cat, who always seems to need a helping hand at the deli, Isabel barely has any time for herself. Her husband, Jamie, suggests acquiring extra help, and she reluctantly agrees. In no time at all, Isabel and Jamie have a new au pair, and Isabel has an intelligent assistant editor to share her workload. Both women, though, have romantic entanglements that threaten to interfere with their work and with Isabel's life, and Isabel must decide how best to navigate this tricky domestic situation. Can an employer ever inject herself into her employees' affairs? Meanwhile, Isabel makes the acquaintance of Patricia, the mother of Charlie's friend Basil. Isabel tries to be supportive, especially given that Patricia is raising her son on her own, without the help of his father, a well-known Edinburgh organist also named Basil. But when Isabel sees Patricia in the company of an unscrupulous man, she begins to rethink her assumptions. Isabel must once again call on her kindness and keen intelligence to determine the right course of action, at home, at work, and in the schoolyard.