The quiet side of passion / Alexander McCall Smith.

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      First United States edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Isabel becomes involved in a delicate paternity case in the twelfth installment of the beloved Isabel Dalhousie Series. Isabel finds herself befriended by Patricia, a single mother whose son, Basil, goes to school with Isabel's son. Isabel discovers that Basil is the product of an affair Patricia had with a well-known Edinburgh organist, also named Basil, who was, rumor has it, initially reluctant to contribute financially to the child's upkeep. Though Isabel doesn't really like Patricia, she tries to be civil and supportive, but when she sees Patricia in the company of an unscrupulous man who peddles fake antiquities, her suspicions are aroused and she begins to investigate the paternity of Basil Jr. When Isabel takes her suspicions to Basil Sr., she finds that, although paying child support is taking a severe financial toll on him, he likes the idea of being the boy's father and, in fact, wishes he could have more of a relationship with Basil Jr. Patricia, however, has no interest in Basil Sr. taking a more hands-on role in Basil Jr.'s parenting, even as she continues to accept his financial support. Should Isabel help someone who doesn't want to be helped? As Isabel navigates this ethically-complex situation, she is also dealing with her niece, Cat, who has taken up with a tattoo artist. Isabel considers herself open-minded, but has Cat pushed it too far this time? As ever, Isabel must use her kindness and keen intelligence to determine the right course of action"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • ABNT:
      MCCALL SMITH, A. The quiet side of passion. First United States edition. [s. l.]: Pantheon Books, 2018. ISBN 9780307908964. Disponível em: Acesso em: 31 maio. 2020.
    • AMA:
      McCall Smith A. The Quiet Side of Passion. First United States edition. Pantheon Books; 2018. Accessed May 31, 2020.
    • APA:
      McCall Smith, A. (2018). The quiet side of passion (First United States edition.). Pantheon Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      McCall Smith, Alexander. 2018. The Quiet Side of Passion. First United States edition. Isabel Dalhousie Series: [Bk. 12]. Pantheon Books.
    • Harvard:
      McCall Smith, A. (2018) The quiet side of passion. First United States edition. Pantheon Books (Isabel Dalhousie series: [bk. 12]). Available at: (Accessed: 31 May 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      McCall Smith, A 2018, The quiet side of passion, First United States edition., Isabel Dalhousie series: [bk. 12], Pantheon Books, viewed 31 May 2020, .
    • MLA:
      McCall Smith, Alexander. The Quiet Side of Passion. First United States edition., Pantheon Books, 2018. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      McCall Smith, Alexander. The Quiet Side of Passion. First United States edition. Isabel Dalhousie Series: [Bk. 12]. Pantheon Books, 2018.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      McCall Smith A. The quiet side of passion [Internet]. First United States edition. Pantheon Books; 2018 [cited 2020 May 31]. (Isabel Dalhousie series: [bk. 12]). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2018 June #1

McCall Smith's series about privileged Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie is a bit rarefied, lacking the depth and humor of his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, or the beehive intensity of his 44 Scotland Street novels. Isabel—of inherited wealth, married to a much-younger hunky musician, mother of two—mostly lives in her head, frequently going off on thought tangents, even in mid-conversation. It's McCall Smith's rare ability to fascinate the reader with Isabel's wide-ranging thoughts—on luck, DNA, class, tattoos, the pasta strozzapreti (which translates to "priest stranglers")—that makes this series delightful to many, even though the episodes are virtually plotless. In this twelfth installment, a single mother at Isabel's older son's nursery school provides much of the interest. She's manipulative, edgy, and may be linked to someone dangerous (Isabel is assaulted in a heart-pounding episode that may connect to the woman). Meanwhile, Isabel needs more household help, leading to a nice ironic turn showing how "more help" can backfire. This series is like gaining entry to someone's mind, a privilege that will captivate some readers and puzzle or frustrate others. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 February #1

Because their sons attend school together, single mother Patricia has latched onto a reluctant Isabel Dalhousie, who doesn't like the shady company Patricia keeps. She starts wondering whether little Basil's father is really a celebrated local organist, as Patricia claims, and learns that the man feels shut out of his son's life. Now what? More Edinburgh charm from blockbuster author McCall Smith.

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.