The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith
An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery

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ISABEL DALHOUSIE - Book 1
 
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.

In this first installment, Isabel is attending a concert in the Usher Hall when she witnesses a man fall from the upper balcony. Isabel can’t help wondering whether it was the result of mischance or mischief. Against the best advice of her no-nonsense housekeeper Grace, her bassoon playing friend Jamie, and even her romantically challenged niece Cat, she is morally bound to solve this case. Complete with wonderful Edinburgh atmosphere and characters straight out of a Robert Burns poem, The Sunday Philosophy Club is a delightful treat from one of our most beloved authors.

 




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About Alexander McCall Smith

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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. www.alexandermccallsmith.com
 
Published September 28, 2004 by Anchor. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy, Humor & Entertainment, Romance. Fiction

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Isabel Dalhousie doesn’t like Stockhausen, but his impossible music on the bill at the Usher Hall is followed by an even worse discordance on the opening page: A beautiful young man plummets “from the gods” above Isabel’s seat in the grand circle and lands with a dreadful impact below.

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As the Witch gives up her credibility by recklessly improvising moves that lead to careless mistakes, the agents in pursuit of her follow another trajectory, gaining mastery through sheer ''patience and plodding.'' Although they run to type -- from the Secret Service agent who comes out of retire...

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The New York Times

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Alexander McCall Smith's new mystery novel is a leisurely, atmospheric, epicurean book that is sure to be a second hit franchise.

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Publishers Weekly

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Fans of Botswanan heroine Precious Ramotswe are sure to embrace Scotsman McCall Smith's plucky new protagonist, who leads a cast of delightfully quirky characters that includes Toby, a dapper bachelor with a dubious understanding of fidelity, and Grace, Dalhousie's morally upright housekeeper, wh...

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Book Reporter

1 Ladies' Detective Agency series while Edinburgh is home to Smith's latest undertaking, THE SUNDAY PHILOSOPHY CLUB, billed as an "Isabel Dalhousie mystery."

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Entertainment Weekly

And so, having just finished The Sunday Philosophy Club, the genial first installment in McCall Smith's new series, I shall, like Precious -- or Philosophy Club's equally practical if more sophisticated protagonist, Isabel Dalhousie—make a cup of tea, find a comfortable place to sit, and care...

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I find myself hoping that perhaps in the next meeting with Isabel, if there is another Isabel book to come, then she will finally marry Jamie and perhaps feel a little more secure with him because of that.

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Reviewing the Evidence

In fact, THE SUNDAY PHILOSOPHY CLUB in no way resembles real life -- it's so slight that a puff of wind would send it sailing into the North Sea, and is more a fantasy of what McCall Smith would like one exclusive patch of Edinburgh to be.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Janet Maslin NY Times Book Review 3.5 of 5 Stars "Isabel … is every bit as endearing [as Precious] in her own eccentric fashion.

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