3/series. The hyper-prolific Smith has created a delicious heroine in this gentle series, filled with introspection and moral ambiguity. Even Isobel Dalhousie, the Edinburgh-based main character, has moments of moral failing. Considering she edits a philosophical magazine, this is quite upsetting at times. In this easy-to-love novel, as her Texas cousin Mimi and her spouse Joe visit, Isobel is awash in emotions, from overwhelming to calculating love, from insatiable curiosity to insatiable greed. A lovely read; even the murder is gently done. A 4.
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