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****The Sunday Philosophy Club

by Alexander McCall Smith

Reviewed November 18, 2004.
Pantheon Books, New York, 2004.  247 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (F MCC).
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2004, #2, Mystery and Adventure

Hooray!  A new series by Alexander McCall Smith, the author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

The Sunday Philosophy Club is more of a traditional mystery story than the other series.  This one is set in Edinburgh.  It begins as Isabel Dalhousie sees a young man fall from the upper level balcony of a concert hall.

The look on his face is hard to forget.  Isabel’s curiosity gets the better of her and she tries to find out more about that young man.  When she finds out that he enjoyed rock-climbing, she thinks it unlikely that he clumsily slipped and fell.

This is a fun story, some nice light reading.  Isabel Dalhousie is another delightful character, but she isn’t just a remake of Precious Ramotswe.  The speech patterns are different from that given to people in Botswana.  Isabel is the part-time editor of a journal of philosophy, so the dilemmas she faces in the course of her investigation bring up philosophical questions which she ponders with the reader.

This is a great book for fans of a nice “cozy” clean mystery with characters who are good company.

Reviews of other books by Alexander McCall Smith:
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
The Right Attitude to Rain
The Careful Use of Compliments
The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Tears of the Giraffe
Morality for Beautiful Girls
The Kalahari Typing School for Men
The Full Cupboard of Life
In the Presence of Cheerful Ladies
Blue Shoes and Happiness
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
The Miracle at Speedy Motors
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
The Double Comfort Safari Club
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café
The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine
Precious and Grace
The House of Unexpected Sisters
The Colors of All the Cattle
To the Land of Long Lost Friends
The Great Cake Mystery
The Mystery of Meerkat Hill
The Cowgirl Aunt of Harriet Bean
La's Orchestra Saves the World
The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs
My Italian Bulldozer

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