The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon Books, 2012)
There is a lovely quaint map of Edinburgh drawn on the endpapers of this latest novel in the Isabel Dalhousie series. There is no scale to offer context, but it is still a small window into the charming Scottish world inhabited by Isabel and her family. It reminds me of Jan Karon’s Mitford novels, which also come with a town map. I assume Edinburgh is much larger than Mitford, but McCall Smith makes it sound almost as cozy. Readers who have followed Isabel thus far will undoubtedly want to visit Edinburgh again in their armchairs to enjoy her philosophical meanderings and ethical dilemmas.