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The Sunday Philosophy Club (Isabel Dalhousie Series) Paperback – July 12, 2005
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The characters in the book are amusing, self-centered, and true-to-life in many ways. Isabel is a well drawn character with real flaws as are the other major characters in this novel. The writing is very detailed which made me feel like I was actually in Edinburgh. Isabel was my favorite character of course but her housekeeper Grace comes in second. What a delight it was to hear what came from Grace's mouth.
This book is not as light or easy as his Ladies' Detective Agency books but it is a wonderful read nonetheless. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I look forward to reading his second book in this series.
Isabel Dalhousie, a quiet woman of independent means and a certain age, seems an unlikely gumshoe. As the editor of The Review of Applied Ethics, Isabel would seem more at home in a university philosophy department than dealing with the sordid details of murder most foul. But we, as Isabel would certainly agree, do not always choose our circumstances; at times they choose us.
In Isabel's case, circumstances cause her to witness an unfortunate death, a young man's fall from a symphony hall balcony. "Her first thought, curiously, was of Auden's poem on the fall of Icarus. Such events, said Auden, occur against a background of people going about their ordinary business. They do not look up and see the boy falling from the sky. I was talking to a friend, she thought. I was talking to a friend and the boy fell out of the sky." Isabel decides she has a moral duty to investigate the circumstances of the young man's death, being as she would have been the last person he saw before his death.
The trail winds her through the worlds of Scottish art and high finance before she reaches a conclusion. Along the way Isabel is confounded by a bushel of moral dilemmas. Does she have a duty to speak truthfully to a reporter who is bent on exploiting the grief of the victim's family?Read more ›
This is a quite pleasant but unmemorable mystery story with a rather lame ending. Isabel is not nearly as interesting a character as Mma Ramotswe, and the story generally lacks the charm and humour of the Botswana-set No. 1 Ladies series. Rather disappointing.
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I'm sorry. I thought this was going to be a good book as something happened within the first few pages and the main character seemed likeable. Read morePublished 25 days ago by JJ
I love mysteries. This is not as well done as many I have read, but I still enjoyed it.Published 2 months ago by Ann101
Revisited The Sunday Philosophy Club on Monday finished on Tuesday Will be in my comfy chair rereading Friends,Lovers ,Chocolate
On Wednesday with a glass of white wine -... Read more
Mccall Smith's books are always a delight. More on human nature than on crime. This is another series that I will enjoy.Published 3 months ago by Dan Vogel
First book in this series. Involves lots of cerebral ideas, speculation and thinking - more like musings - of the lady self-styled investigator. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tamsen E. George
This book featured tremendous humor and excellent character development, but as a mystery the ending fell short, but I'm not sure that wasn't part of the overall gag, the story... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've read and thoroughly enjoyed all of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective books. This book is just as great a pleasure as that series. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Hill