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The Sunday Philosophy Club (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Title:The Sunday Philosophy Club
Authors:Alexander McCall Smith
Info:Vintage Canada (2005), Paperback, 256 pages
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The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith (2004)

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Kan inte vänta på att få kasta mig över nästa bok av samma författare. Vem kunde tro att jag skulle läsa ut en bok så snabbt. Läslusten kommer sakta men säkert tillbaka.

Isabel är snabbtänkt och klipsk. Och får sig faktiskt en och annan tankeställare där hon farit lite väl våghalsigt fram. ( )
  AnnikaR78 | Jul 29, 2016 |
On audio. What a sanctimonious prig she is. If I never have to meet Isobel Dalhousie again, it will be too soon! ( )
  .cris | May 31, 2016 |
Isabel Dalhousie is this author's latest "detective." But really, in this series debut, she is just a curious spinster in Edinburgh who gets involved in the questionable death of a young man. Uneven plotting. Unsatisfactory ending. I'll give the series one more try before I pass final judgment. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 10, 2016 |
Alexander McCall Smith is fantastic. I have enjoyed everything I've read of his so far... I think another in this series is due. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Feb 2, 2016 |
Isabel Dalhousie is about to go home after a concert when she witnesses something terrible. It preys on her mind, and she begins making investigations in a low-key way. She's a philosopher - although the 'Sunday Philosophy Club' of the title is only mentioned in passing throughout the novel - and intrigued by people, and motivations, and a whiff of scandal.

I found the book a bit long-winded in places, prone to digression; but nonetheless enjoyable. There are some mildly amusing moments, and also a few pages that kept me in suspense. I rather warmed to Isabel and her no-nonsense housekeeper Grace, and despite the plethora of minor characters, didn't have too much trouble remembering who was who. I may look for more books in this series in future. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Her penchant for conducting moral arguments with herself is well-developed, but it can be less than riveting for the reader. Why does Isabel find herself drawn into the affairs of others? Is it because there is some moral imperative leading her to do so? Is it because man has an obligation to his fellow man? (Or is it because ladies who like to investigate crimes can be ladies who sell many, many books?)

...this book is a clear demonstration of Mr. McCall Smith's own philosophy: that there is wisdom in inviting readers into a world of kindness, gentility and creature comforts. Offer the literary equivalent of herbal tea and a cozy fire. They'll come back for more.
 
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Isabel Dalhousie saw the young man fall from the edge of the upper circle, from the gods.
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Pickled onions had nothing to do with moral imagination, but were important in their own quiet, vinegary way, supposed Isabel.
When the beautiful died, it was the same as when the less well blessed died; that was obvious. But why did it seem more tragic that Rupert Brooke, or Byron for that matter, should die, than other young men? Perhaps it was because we love the beautiful more, or because Death's momentary victory is all the greater. Nobody, he says, smiling, is too beautiful not to be taken by me.
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Amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher who also uses her training to solve unusual mysteries. Isabel is Editor of the Review of Applied Ethics - which addresses such questions as 'Truth telling in sexual relationships' - and she also hosts The Sunday Philosophy Club at her house in Edinburgh. Behind the city's Georgian facades its moral compasses are spinning with greed, dishonesty and murderous intent. Instinct tells Isabel that the young man who tumbled to his death in front of her eyes at a concert in the Usher Hall didn't fall. He was pushed. With Isabel Dalhousie Alexander McCall Smith introduces a new and pneumatic female sleuth to tackle murder, mayhem - and the mysteries of life. As her hero WH Auden maintained, classic detective fiction stems from a desire for an uncorrupted Eden which the detective, as an agent of God, can return to us. But then Isabel, being a philosopher, has a thing or two to say about God as well.

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Amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher who also uses her training to solve unusual mysteries. Instinct tells Isabel that the young man who tumbled to his death in front of her eyes at a concert in the Usher Hall didn't fall - he was pushed.

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