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The Right Attitude to Rain (Isabel Dalhousie Series #3)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2007

    Was surprised I was able to make it to the end

    While the imagery and language of this book was pleasant, I was so bored with the plot by the 3rd chapter that I had to force myself to keep reading in hopes that something significant would happen in the story line. I was deeply disappointed. I cannot imagine an entire series of this character if this book is indicative of all that she ever does. 'I like him, maybe he likes me, now someone else I barely just met likes me, blah blah.' I sensed no passion with the direction of the plot and frankly didn't care what happened to any of the main characters. And I never did understand how the title of the book clearly related to the story unless the right attitude to rain is to sleep through it. Will not read this author again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2007

    A Mystery Series without Mystery!

    Odd that the sub-title for this series is 'Isabel Dalhousie Mysteries' when there is no mystery in this current book. With the other two titles, Sunday Philosophy Club and Friend, Lovers, Chocolate, there was a mysterious occurence to be solved. In the Right Attitude to Rain, I suspect McCall Smith of having been de-railed as he wrote. Isabel's second cousin Mimi exposes a surprising truth about her 'sainted American mother', a secret that could have served as the 'mystery' of the book (with the culprit being none other than a younger, healthier Tom Bruce!) But somehow, the focus of the story shifts entirely to Isabel's relationship with her niece's rejected suitor, with everyone under the sun unexpectedly and unbelievably expressing approval. I was completely leg-crossingly uncomfortable with the denouement. Without giving away the ending, McCall Smith puts the editor of the Review of Applied Ethics in an absurd situation, which I'm sure he'll make the most of in the forthcoming 'The Correct Use of Compliments'. Or, knowing his mass-production-of-novels method, touch on and get hopelessly involved in another tangent. Am I a skeptic who pooh-poohs romance? No, but Isabel's love life could have been handled in a more realistic and less 'tacked on' fashion.

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