The Sunday Philosophy Club (Isabel Dalhousie Series #1)

The Sunday Philosophy Club (Isabel Dalhousie Series #1)

by Alexander McCall Smith
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The Sunday Philosophy Club (Isabel Dalhousie Series #1) by Alexander McCall Smith

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.

 




From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375423437
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Series: Isabel Dalhousie Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 70,791
File size: 619 KB

About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the huge international phenomenon, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, and The Sunday Philosophy Club series. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and he was a law professor at the University of Botswana and at Edinburgh University. He lives in Scotland, where in his spare time he is a bassoonist in the RTO (Really Terrible Orchestra).


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Hometown:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1948

Place of Birth:

Zimbabwe

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The Sunday Philosophy Club (Isabel Dalhousie Series #1) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you go into this book holding certain assumptions, you'll be disappointed but if you occassionally remind yourself that this is NOT Zebra Drive, and that Ms. Dalhousie is NOT supposed to be Mma Ramotswe, you may be able to settle in and enjoy getting to know a fascinating new character: not someone you're supposed to 'like' or 'approve' of or 'agree with' rather someone who is delightfully complex, a bit stuffy and upright for anyone's taste,too philosophical and hell-bent on 'ethical' to her own downfall, and in all, a great study. I highly recommend this new character and her world and would simply advise any newcomers: forget your expectations: just sit back and enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit deep and "philosophical" at first, but then you get to love Isabel and it pure entertainment from there on.
danadobry More than 1 year ago
I haven't read any of Alexander McCall Smith's books - this was my first. I really enjoyed the plot, the philosophical questions that were raised, the humanity of the main character, and the fact that I had to actually look up a few words! I consider myself to be a fairly verbal person, spending most of my job writing and reading. It was so refreshing to see some infrequently-used words in this book. It's a cozy mystery for the Mensa set. The book moved a tad slow at some points, but I'd still read more of this series.
karategrl More than 1 year ago
To be honest I bought this book because a friend gave me the second book in the series. I figured I'd give it a whirl. This is not your typical mystery in fact there isn't much of a mystery at all. Isabel is a philosopher,most of the dialog is Isabel's thoughts. I found this to be an interesting concept. I'm not so sure how this will play out in the rest of the series it may ware thin. The other characters seem to be good supporting players - the author has left ample room for development. I'm open to reading more in this series at the very least the author has peaked an interest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the African detective series and loved them so I looked with enthusiam to the new series. The Sunday Philosopy Club was slow, plodding and not really rewarding. I finished it because I kept waiting for something major to happen. It was a big disappointment. I think the main point was that the main character was just plain dislikeable. A woman of the new century who did not earn my respect in the life she led. I finished it because I bought it. A sad comment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I so thoroughly enjoy the 'No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency'/Precious Ramotswe series that I could not understand how this book was written by the same author. The end was so absurd, unrealistic and had nothing at all to do with the perceding 200 pages. And the philospohical rantings were just so lame. I will continue to read and enjoy Detective Ramotswe but will be sure to stay clear and away from Ms. Dalhousie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was so awful, it made me angry for wasting my time. the main character is condescending, patronizing and absolutely annoying. this book appears to be nothing more than a forum for the author to insert his conservative, judgemental viewpoints in the guise of isabel's inner dialogue. her repetitive and unnecessary internal philosophical debates were tedious and did nothing but make me hope i am never cursed with meeting a person such as she. the storyline was a joke, serving only as a flimsy framing excuse for mccall smith's diabtribes. i am sorry i chose to try this series before no. 1 ladies detetive agency, because now i'm not sure i'll ever pick up another of his books.
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A good beginning to a new series. The eerie reoccurence of Grace is inspired, serving as a kind of shorthand for a foil to the reflective and less judgmental main characters (Dalhousie and Ramotswe). However, at times I would have liked to see a new character with an entirely different configuration. Isabel's wealth is tempered by her modesty, and that makes her more interesting to the rest of us. As for the philosophizing, yes, no, maybe; the reader can agree, argue or be puzzled as the case may be. Overall, it's not the great work of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, at least not yet. Mary Clark, author of Tally: An Intuitive Life
Bartholomew_Wood More than 1 year ago
Do you like red herrings? Plot twists? Unexpected revelations? Do you like all the things that make mysteries fun to read? Look elsewhere. After enjoying several books in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, I found this one a big disappointment. The main character is intellectually snobbish, highly class-conscious, parochial, and self-important, and none of these traits are meant to be humorous. There's hardly any plot and very little mystery. The investigation, such as it is, is spread out over a couple of months, but could have been resolved in a single afternoon if the detective had asked the one obvious question that any reader with an ounce of sense will have thought of as soon as the victim dies. The ending lacks drama and has no emotional resonance. The subplot involving the detective's niece's romantic life is thoroughly uninteresting. The one episode involving what seems to be a bit of danger and excitement turns out to be a sort of drunken wrong turn. A few chapters end with attempts at "cliffhangers," but they are quickly revealed to be misunderstandings. This might have worked as a parody of the mystery genre but it takes itself much too seriously for that.
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After falling in love with Alexander McCall Smith's Detective Agency series, this book was a huge disappointment. The plot did not hold my interest evem after readomg 1/2 of the book. Isabel's story was one that didn't make any sense whatsoever ... more of a story of a lonely woman with nothing better to do than get involved in situations that had nothing to do with her. I do not recommend this book. BORING.
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Vicky DePalmer More than 1 year ago
I struggled to read and was disappointed
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