The Charming Quirks of Others

The Charming Quirks of Others

ISBN: 9780307739391
Publisher: Anchor Books (Penguin Random House)
Publication Date: first published 12 October 2010 by Pantheon (Penguin Random House)
The seventh book in the series


There are drawbacks to residing in the enlightened city that is twenty-first-century Edinburgh, where every Saturday night ears burn at dinner parties across the city, and anyone requiring the investigative abilities of a philosophical soul knows where to find her.

Jillian McKinlay—wife of a trustee of an illustrious school—is the latest petitioner; she asks Isabel to look into a poison-pen letter that makes insinuations about applicants for the position of principal.

Meanwhile Isabel’s niece Cat has another new boyfriend who seems too good to be true. And when a pretty cellist with a tragic story takes a fancy to her husband-to-be, Isabel finds herself contemplating an act of heroic and alarming self-sacrifice.


“Like Mma Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Isabel has the gift of an expansive, forgiving humanity which embraces the world it inhabits”
The Scotsman
“McCall Smith’s heroes are among the most endearing in contemporary fiction … because they’re so humble in their quest for goodness”
Richmond Times-Dispatch
“A seriously charming mix of romance and revelation”
Parade Magazine