Friday, August 09, 2013

Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith

The star of this series is the irrepressibly curious Isabel Dalhousie — editor of the Journal of Applied Ethics — and her no-nonsense housekeeper, Grace.

Cat, Isabel's niece asks her to look after the delicatessen while she attends a wedding in Italy. A man comes in with an interesting problem. He has received a heart transplant and is now seeing visions of a man standing over his donor. Should Isabel get involved? She does and gets involved in all sorts of moral and ethical dilemmas.

Also Ian her very good companion who happens to suffer from unrequited love with Cat has found another woman and has also received a very good job offer from London. Isabel finds herself jealous of his new girlfriend and upset that he might move. What to do, what to do?

Cat upon her return brings back a Lothario that she thinks might be suitable for Isabel even though the Italian wants to be better acquainted with Cat. Is this man to be trusted?

I love this series as it asks those hard questions and does not give you the answers but rather makes you think what your answer would be.

First Line: "The man in the brown Harris tweed overcoat - double-breasted with three small leather-covered buttons on the cuffs - made his way slowly along the street that led down the spine of Edinburgh."


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