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1785417630
Large print:A distant view of everything; Alexander McCall Smith:2019 A distant view of everything; Alexander McCall Smith
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Author: MacCall Smith, Alexander
Year: 2019
Language: English
Type: Large print
Class Number: F
Category: Fiction
Publisher: ISIS, 2019
Physical or Electronic: Physical
ISBN: 9781785417634
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Standard print edition originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2017
Isabel Dalhousie now has a second child - another boy, Magnus. He comes home with her at the beginning of the book and she discovers that Charlie is far from thrilled. He sees no need for a new baby. In Cat's delicatessen, Isabel meets a woman with whom she had been at school. This woman, Bea Shandon, is known as an enthusiastic match-maker. She is very worried, though, as she has introduced a woman she knows to a plastic surgeon who is now described by another friend as a gold-digger. This other friend reveals that the surgeon has a bad track record: he has been involved with a series of well-off women and has succeeded in separating a number of them from their money. Bea asks Isabel to investigate; she herself tried to warn her friend of the danger she was in but was rebuffed badly. Isabel starts to make enquiries.
Series: The Isabel Dalhousie novels
Additional information: 1 volume (large print), 24 cm, hbk
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Author: MacCall Smith, Alexander
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Publisher: ISIS
Physical or Electronic: Physical
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Physical or Electronic: Physical
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Year: 2019
Language: English
Type: Book
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Physical or Electronic: Physical
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