The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday (Isabel Dalhousie Series #5)

The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday (Isabel Dalhousie Series #5)

by Alexander McCall Smith
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The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday (Isabel Dalhousie Series #5) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read and loved all of Alexander McCall Smith's No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels, I was fully prepared to be equally enthralled by the Isabel Dalhousie series. This book was the first of Smith's books I had read other than the aforesaid novels, and I was so disappointed. I found this book - well, boring, and as dull as any gloomy Edinburgh day can be. The good news is that I have been relieved of the need to read the rest of the series.
AuntyPatty More than 1 year ago
The main character (Ms. Isabel Dalhousie) in this series is a level headed woman who is ruled by her heart too, which is a attractive mix. She is not perfect, she gets angry with peers who try to take advantage of her professionally and has secret thoughts of revenge; she works but is family established rich but still mindful of the economics of others and has not forgotten about them. She has made past bad mistake with men and has been divorced, but not turned bitter. She cares enough about people to get involved in their problems when asked and is smart enough to figure things out. She still has a whimsical imagination when it comes to Mr. Fox in her garden. Oh, yeah and she is mature and in love with her younger lover and has his child....so she is "au current" too. Living a live with parts we women wish we could have pieces of at times, and probably do, if we open our hearts. I enjoy this series so much I look forward to each book that comes out. The philosophy too has stirred up in me my past interests too. And the characters have morals and manners of how to treat others, which is most refreshing. Please let Ms. Dalhousie live forever! Thank you for this series, Mr. McCall-Smith.
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I'm growing weary of Isabel's continuous worrying about whether or not she will be able to "keep" Jamie because he is younger than she is. On the one hand,Isabel is portrayed as independent, intelligent, a business owner, etc., yet she is deeply insecure about losing her younger lover? Give me a break. I'm also tired of Smith's consistent representation of men as unfaithful husbands. Where does he get this? As a wife, mother of sons, father's daughter and brothers' sister, I find this offensive. I have read several of Smith's Isabel books because I love the setting. I just do not think I can tolerate Smith's sexist writing any longer.
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X_in_SF More than 1 year ago
I really love this series - all the books are really well written and I love learning about Scotland and have grown really fond of the characters.
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crazy4hawaii More than 1 year ago
This book is in the same vein as the others of the series. Not dramatic or thrilling. Just good writing about fairly every day characters that you grow to care about. If you like the Mitford series by Jan Karon, you'll probably like these books too. I love Alexander McCall Smith because his characters are every day decent people, his writing is superb, and his observations of everyday life are right on!
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