Amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher who uses her training to solve unusual mysteries. She edits the Review of Applied Ethics, addressing 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 didn't fall. He was pushed.
The Sunday Philosophy Club marks new territory, but familiar moral ground, from the author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. With Isabel Dalhousie, Alexander Mccall Smith introduces a new and pneumatic female sleuth to tackle murder, mayhem, and the mysteries of life.
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"Not McCall Smith's best"
I'm a big Audio-book fan of Alexander McCall Smith (love the Corduroy Mansions series in particular) but this one is far from his best work. The central character -Isabel Dalhousie- becomes annoying after a while, falling into the McCall Smith cliches; just too comfortably smug middle class Edinburgh, with a mystery tied up too conveniently in a neat bow at the end.
Yes absolutely, I would listen to the Corduroy Mansions series again rather than the Isabel Dalhousie series though...ANY day!
Nothing, Phyllis Logan's reading is the best thing about this book, she has a very pleasing
I would cut all of the moral philosophising monologues, I found them rather laboured.
"Slow food for the brain"
This is a really gorgeous audible book, reveling in WH Auden and the great philosophers, with a gentle mystery to keep it moving along. The pace of this book could be described as unhurried, and I would not recommend it to listeners who only like their fiction at a cracking pace. The narration suited the pace, and I found the voicing of the different characters to be well pitched, enabling the distinction of the characters without sounding like overacting.
For me it was perfectly enjoyable for a rainy Saturday afternoon, stuck on the couch with the flu.
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