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THE CAREFUL USE OF COMPLIMENTS
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth
In the fourth enchanting novel featuring Isabel Dalhousie, the Edinburgh philosopher solves a thought- provoking mystery surrounding a mysterious Scottish painter. The greatness of the novel lies in Isabel's relationships with her family and friends. She approaches problems with insight and thought and is quick to realize the importance of cherishing moments that bring happiness.
Isabel is busy attending to her new son Charlie and dealing with losing her position as editor of a philosophical journal. When a painting by a deceased artist she admires comes up for auction, she loses to a higher bidder. Soon, when a second piece by the same painter comes on the market and the first is again for sale by the private owner, something seems amiss. Could the paintings be forgeries? Isabel travels to where they were created to learn more about them and the circumstances surrounding the artist's death. (PANTHEON, Aug., 256 pp., $21.95)
Reviewed By: Sandra Martin
Published: August 2007