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The Sunday Philosophy Club: An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery    by Alexander McCall Smith order for
Sunday Philosophy Club
by Alexander McCall Smith
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Anchor, 2005 (2004)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

With The Sunday Philosophy Club, Alexander McCall Smith, popular author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, has embarked on another series that will delight his readers.

Isabel Dalhousie, editor of Review of Applied Ethics, unwillingly became a witness when she saw a man fall to his death from the balcony in the Usher Hall of Edinburgh, Scotland. Being a bit of a sleuth, or possibly just curious, she pursues a line of enquiry into a tragedy that to her reeks of murder.

While investigating, she also worries about a niece who is seeing a man Isabel feels is unsuitable for the girl. Her no-nonsense housekeeper Grace would keep her on the straight and narrow, but Isabel ignores the woman's advice. While cogitating on these problems, Isabel often meditates on moral dilemmas that give pause to the reader, while he or she reflects on their own opinions of Isabel's thoughts.

The Sunday Philosophy Club flows with charm and good sense, interspersed with comments taken from poets and philosophers that apply to the reader's own life. It's fully entertaining from start to finish. I guess you've realized by now that I liked the book. Very much.

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