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The Right Attitude to Rain (An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery) (original 2005; edition 2007)

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Title:The Right Attitude to Rain (An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery)
Authors:Alexander McCall Smith
Info:Anchor Books (2007), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 276 pages
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The Right Attitude to Rain by Alexander McCall Smith (2005)

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How did I miss the mystery part of this novel? More to the point, how was it that I was enjoying the writing style and connecting with Isabel Dalhousie but disliking too much of the book? A few reviewers have classified this book as Romance or Chick Lit; I know little about either genre but maybe that's what I was missing in this novel. I'm ready to wait a long time until I ever pick up another Alexander McCall Smith. Parting is such sweet sweet. ( )
  bsiemens | Sep 26, 2015 |
Enjoyable light read putting one in the usual selection on philosophical dilemas. ( )
  GeoffSC | May 31, 2015 |
Chick lit by a male? If you think it's not possible, read this book. ( )
  bergs47 | Oct 27, 2014 |
Love- Can it exist between an older man and a younger woman? Can it exist between a younger man and an older woman? Is money an influence?

Isabel’s cousin, Mimi arrives in Edinburgh from Dallas to visit and introduces her to her friend Tom Bruce. Tom’s young fiancé seems more interested in Isabel’s young friend Jamie than in Tom himself. Is it Tom’s money the only thing keeping her in the relationship? Isabel sets out to find out much to her friend Jamie’s advice--he thinks she should 'butt out’…..

The Right Attitude to Rain, the 3rd book in the Isabel Dalhousie series, is another quiet yet remarkable book. It is not a book of espionage or passionate romance but it does have some ‘philosophical issues’, a bit of sleuthing… and a little bit of romance thrown in for good measure. And it takes place in Edinburgh—one of my favorite places! ( )
  Shuffy2 | Jul 30, 2014 |
Although labeled as a mystery, this book was more like a regular novel with some romance thrown in. Isabel Dalhousie isn't a detective like Mma Ramotswe, but I expected her to do more than butt into her friends' romances. As I have three more audio books in this series checked out I expect I'll continue. ( )
  eliorajoy | Jun 19, 2014 |
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Nothing captures the charm of Edinburgh like the bestselling Isabel Dalhousie series of novels featuring the insatiably curious philosopher and woman detective.  Whether investigating a case or a problem of philosophy, the indefatigable Isabel Dalhousie, one of fiction’s most richly developed amateur detectives, is always ready to pursue the answers to all of life’s questions, large and small.

When Mimi, Isabel’s cousin from Dallas, arrives in Edinburgh with her husband, Joe, several confounding situations unfurl. First, Mimi and Joe introduce Isabel to Tom Bruce–a bigwig back home in Texas. The roving eye of Tom’s young fiancée leads Isabel to believe that money may be at the root of her love for Tom. But what, Isabel wonders, is at the root of Tom’s interest in Isabel herself? Then there are the feelings that Isabel has for Jamie, which are certainly hard to ignore. And she mustn’t forget about her niece, Cat, who’s busy falling for a man whom Isabel suspects of being an incorrigible mama’s boy.

Of course, Jamie counsels Isabel to stay out of it all, but there are irresistible philosophical issues at stake–when to tell the truth and when to keep one’s mouth shut, to be precise–and philosophical issues are meat and drink to Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics. In any case, Isabel is certain of the ethical basis for a little sleuthing now and again– especially when the problems involve matters of the heart.

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When friends from Dallas arrive in Edinburgh and introduce Isabel to Tom Bruce, a bigwig at home in Texas, several confounding situations unfurl at once. Tom's young fiancee's roving eye leads Isabel to believe that money may be the root of her love for Tom. But what, Isabel wonders, is the root of the interest Tom begins to show for Isabel herself? And she can't forget about her niece, Cat, who's busy falling for a man whom Isabel suspects of being an incorrigible mama's boy. Of course Grace and Isabel's friend Jamie counsel Isabel to stay out of all of it, but there are irresistible philosophical issues at stake, when to tell the truth and when to keep one's mouth shut.… (more)

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