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The Sunday Philosophy Club (2004)

de Alexander McCall Smith

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Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher by training, and an amateur sleuth by choice. When a young man falls from a balcony to his death, Isabel does not believe it was an accident. Plunging deep into the shady business community of Edinburgh, she is determined to root out the truth.
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Listened to this on Audible a few years ago...then downloaded on Kindlein 2020. Finished it again! ( )
  mlhershey | Feb 14, 2021 |
Not sure how I feel about this series or even if I like Isabel. And I definitely did not understand some of the cultural references i.e. her attitude against music by Stockhausen. Unfortunately I know little of the music world so references to musicians, composers, etc.are lost on me.

Isabel appears to be a 'good' person, intelligent, curious and kind but clearly judgmental and critical of those who don't meet her expectations. And somewhat snooty. The irony is that I often feel similarly critical; and find myself trying to rationalize someone else's questionable behavior or words.

One would think this should make me identify with and like Isabel but it doesn't. I want and need characters (especially leading characters) to be better than me, inspire, and help me develop my emotional intelligence. I realize this is asking/expecting too much.

Because I enjoyed McCall Smith other series, I will read another 1 or 2 in The Sunday Philosophy Club series to give it more of a chance.
  Bookish59 | Sep 15, 2020 |
An enjoyable read.
Good character creation. Story told from thoughts and actions of the main character Isabel Dalhousie.
I was in Edinburgh last year so I looked up bbuildings and streets mentioned on a map. ( )
  GeoffSC | Jul 25, 2020 |
Too romance-y. I could not empathize with the protag. ( )
  slmr4242 | May 24, 2020 |
“The world, it seemed, was based on lies and half-truths of one sort or another, and one of the tasks of morality was to help us negotiate our way around these. Yes, there so many lies: and yet the sheer power of truth was in no sense dimmed. Had Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn not said, in his Nobel address, “One word of truth will conquer the whole world.” Was this wishful thinking on the part of one who had lived in an entanglement of Orwellian state-sponsored lies, or was it a justifiable faith in the ability of truth to shine through the darkness?” p 164

This is the first of the Isabel Dalhousie mysteries set in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Isabel is a moderately wealthy lady, with a niece, various friends and a PhD in philosophy. She uses all in her quest to puzzle out a mysterious death after she sees a young man fall to his death from the top balcony of a concert hall. She believes she sees him catch her eye as he falls past, and decides it may well have been a murder.

I enjoyed the bits of philosophy and music in the novel. I was frankly surprised that Isabel didn't get herself in real trouble as she awkwardly sleuthed her way through some financial wrongdoing. In addition, I thought the mystery itself a let down.

I definitely didn't find this series as charming as the Ladies' Detective Agency. Not bad, not riveting, a quick read. ( )
  streamsong | Mar 27, 2019 |
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Her penchant for conducting moral arguments with herself is well-developed, but it can be less than riveting for the reader. Why does Isabel find herself drawn into the affairs of others? Is it because there is some moral imperative leading her to do so? Is it because man has an obligation to his fellow man? (Or is it because ladies who like to investigate crimes can be ladies who sell many, many books?)

...this book is a clear demonstration of Mr. McCall Smith's own philosophy: that there is wisdom in inviting readers into a world of kindness, gentility and creature comforts. Offer the literary equivalent of herbal tea and a cozy fire. They'll come back for more.
 

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Pickled onions had nothing to do with moral imagination, but were important in their own quiet, vinegary way, supposed Isabel.
When the beautiful died, it was the same as when the less well blessed died; that was obvious. But why did it seem more tragic that Rupert Brooke, or Byron for that matter, should die, than other young men? Perhaps it was because we love the beautiful more, or because Death's momentary victory is all the greater. Nobody, he says, smiling, is too beautiful not to be taken by me.
She wondered how many of these people were solitary by choice, and how many were alone because nobody had ever come into their lives and relieved them of their loneliness.
The answer, she had concluded, was that this had nothing to do with happiness, which came upon you like the weather, determined by your personality.
"I can't imagine what I would do in a secret life, if I had one to lead. What is there to do that people really disapprove of these days? Nobody seems to blink an eyelid over affairs. And convicted murderers write books."
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Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher by training, and an amateur sleuth by choice. When a young man falls from a balcony to his death, Isabel does not believe it was an accident. Plunging deep into the shady business community of Edinburgh, she is determined to root out the truth.

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