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Please try again later. There is a sense of friction with a peripheral character named Nick Smart but what is at first intriguing dissolves into nothing. There is no real discussion of the ethics of impartiality nor does the story devolve into a clash of personalities and tensions between truth and lies. It's slow and it's plodding and we meet each character once or twice once so there's little room for character development. This novel is not a novel at all but a very mundane journal of someone whose life consists entirely of the uneventful. I can handle very well books in which nothing happen cf.

How Late It Was How Late but not ones where nothing happens and where there is no compelling voice or character. No more for me thanks, Mr Smith. Aug 02, Bruce rated it liked it. The novel is not really a mystery, although Isabel does become involved in sorting out the truth about a medical researcher accused of negligence. Isabel is impressively rich, enabling her to be gratuitously generous, and she is superbly educated, her frequent literary allusions adding spice to what might otherwise be a rather mundane narrative.

In her, Smith has created a character whom the reader comes genuinely to care about, a character whose life matters. The book is lightweight, but it is a pleasant divertissement. Oct 13, Matthew Gatheringwater rated it it was ok. I'm afraid I've gone off this series and I feel a little sad about it, as I might feel after discovering my life has diverged from that of a once close friend.

Smith's protagonist is a thoughtful, kind, and well-meaning woman and I have nothing bad to say about her, but with her seemingly unlimited wealth, her lovely home in historic Edinburgh, her gorgeous young boyfriend, and now her adorable baby, we really don't have anything in common. If I read another book about her charmed life I fear I I'm afraid I've gone off this series and I feel a little sad about it, as I might feel after discovering my life has diverged from that of a once close friend.

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If I read another book about her charmed life I fear I shall begin to resent her. In fact, even while reading this book I longed for Smith to strike her with some pestilence--perhaps her boyfriend could turn out to be a bisexual or all her cherished Peploes could succumb to a rare fungus, or anything, really, to add a little flavor to her milquetoast existence. Aug 15, Carolyn rated it really liked it.

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Alexander McCall Smith is one of those authors whose books people either love or really don't like. Although I understand why he is not to everyone's taste really, so little happens in the books , I love his books. This is a gentle book full of understanding of the human condition and insecurities that arise. My only complaint about this book is that the relationship between Isabel and Charlie, her nine-month-old son, seems to be such an unrealistically distant one, given who the character of I Alexander McCall Smith is one of those authors whose books people either love or really don't like.

My only complaint about this book is that the relationship between Isabel and Charlie, her nine-month-old son, seems to be such an unrealistically distant one, given who the character of Isabel is. None of the babies I have known have dropped off to sleep so willingly and on such a predictable schedule and been calmed so easily.

But this is not a book about breast feeding or sleepless nights or childhood fevers, so I liked the book, anyway. Isabel, having fallen in love with Jamie and had a child with him continues to be anxious about whether he truly loves her.

Things conspire to rouse her jealousy and suspicions. Has Jamie been lying to her? Then she finds herself faced by some other relationships damaged by lying. How do we distinguish between truth and lies, and how an we repair relationships damaged by lies? Not rocket science perhaps but gentle and Sometimes we need a little comforting in our lives Isabel, having fallen in love with Jamie and had a child with him continues to be anxious about whether he truly loves her.

Sometimes we need a little comforting in our lives to help us come to a place of peace. Apr 28, Valerie Campbell Ackroyd rated it liked it. This is a quiet, contemplative read, rather like reading Virginia Woolf. There is little action in the story of Isabel Dalhousie 5 of a series, a well-heeled something woman who lives in Edinburgh with her small son and sometimes her younger lover. She is also active in the upper middle class social life of Edinburgh--dinner parties, concerts--and through tha This is a quiet, contemplative read, rather like reading Virginia Woolf.

She is also active in the upper middle class social life of Edinburgh--dinner parties, concerts--and through that encounters people who ask for her help solving minor problems. I have very much enjoyed her descriptions, in this and previous books, of ordinary ambling life in Edinburgh. The problem posed to Isabel in this book is that it appears that a doctor was derelict in verifying the facts of a drug trial, leading to a man's death. His wife approaches her asking her to look into the event and exonerate the doctor.

Well, that is always a bit muddy. Still the problem is never the main theme in a Dalhousie book.

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The main theme is Isabel's internal dialogue on the ups and downs of life, those questions that can occur to us as we speak with people, fall in love and become vulnerable, even as we people watch and idly wonder where that stranger may be going, what he might be thinking. I can't say I "like" Isabel but she would certainly make an interesting acquaintance. The Dalhousie series are books that are internal conversations. Sometimes it gets boring and I skim through pages which is why I often can't remember a lot of what the book was about and sometimes I say "ah, yes, I have wondered that myself If you enjoy good use of the English language and intriguing philosophical questions, you might enjoy the series.

I personally don't race to the booksellers for the latest book in the series but I always count on it to be an enjoyable, leisurely read. I like the philosophy and internal musing of Isabel more than I care about the mystery.

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Just a fun listen, little drama but occasional laughs out loud. Jan 28, Georgia Rose rated it it was amazing. Aug 27, Camelia Rose rated it liked it Shelves: When life is a mundane affair, solving a small mystery is like solving a crossword in a morning paper. It's up to the living to find meaning and happiness.

But it is true. Apr 16, Patsy Collins rated it it was amazing. Another excellent book — just what you'd expect of this author and this series. My copy doesn't mention mud in the title! From the blurb however, I'm sure it's the same book. In one sense, this is quite alright because Isabel is Isabel, but she has undergone some major changes in her life that give her even more to think about and to act This is my third adventure with Isabel Dalhousie after The Sunday Philosophy Club and Friends, Lovers, Chocolate. In one sense, this is quite alright because Isabel is Isabel, but she has undergone some major changes in her life that give her even more to think about and to act upon.

Asked by someone to look into a situation, she dives in. As a detective of sorts she arrives at seeming conclusions much too quickly. I do wish that some of her philosophy training would have included more on hypothesis formation and testing, probabilities, and the like. She strives to think like a philosopher, but her instincts prompt her to act as a human being, with all our foibles in the face of all the ambiguities that the world presents to us. Besides struggling with how the deal with the dislikes of her life, she must also deal with her love life and the insecurities attendant to it.

Even Isabel, who seems quite the rock in many instances, struggles with these issues. Apr 13, Liz rated it liked it Shelves: In the fifth installment of the series, Isabel Dalhousie, Edinburgh philosopher extraordinaire, is approached by a woman she meets at a dinner party. Her reputation for assisting people in quandaries has spread far and wide, and the woman wants to enlist her aid to help with her own difficult situation.

Stella Moncrieff's husband, Marcus, was once a prominent doctor, but his career ended in scandal after several people died from using an experimental drug he tested and declared safe. Stella susp In the fifth installment of the series, Isabel Dalhousie, Edinburgh philosopher extraordinaire, is approached by a woman she meets at a dinner party. Stella suspects foul play, and wants Isabel to investigate and clear her husband's name.

In the meantime, Isabel must find out why boyfriend Jamie has been acting strangely distant.


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I felt kind of meh about the last book in the series The Careful Use Of Compliments , and I find I feel sort of the same way about this one. I squee'd when Isabel and Jamie finally got together, but now their relationship seems to have stagnated. They've been together for what? They've had a child together. Jamie has proved himself to be a loving and attentive partner and father. So why is Isabel ordinarily a very rational, level-headed, mature woman still constantly obsessing about Jamie leaving her? Shouldn't their relationship have moved past that at this stage? I feel like her attitude towards him is slightly ludicrous, given the fact that he has never done anything that merits her feeling that way.

That aspect really irritated me about the last book and this book, and will continue to irritate me until Isabel gets over it.


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That being said, I otherwise enjoyed the book, and I hope that in the next installment the author goes into more detail about a certain new character that was brought into play who has the potential to be very intriguing. I started reading this book with a little bit of trepidation since I didn't really like number 4 in the series, but I really loved this book. Not at all because the so call "mystery" in this novel was interesting because it really wasn't that interesting and had an ambivalent solution.

No, what mad me love this book was the fact that Jamie, Isabel Dalhousie's main character 14 year younger boyfriend, finally became a man of flesh and blood in this book. The author finally lets him show emotion I started reading this book with a little bit of trepidation since I didn't really like number 4 in the series, but I really loved this book. The author finally lets him show emotions. He lets him have thoughts about Isabel that us readers get to share. He finally lets us know what Jamie feels about Isabel.

And THAT was a great comfort. Before their relationship has been so businesslike that cold has seeped from the pages. Of course the niece Cat is back in this book, being rude as usual, and this time accusing Isabel for having got pregnant to trap Jamie in the relationship. It is getting VERY tedious to read about it in every chapter BUT I have finally with this book also accepted that it must be on a woman's mind constantly if she is in a situation like Isabel's since our society is non-accepting of older woman-younger man relationships.

To drag it out over three books though is a little too much and either the author needs to let go of it NOW or let Jamie go, do what Isabel fears the most, him leaving her because of her age. I have grown accustomed to the Dalhousie series. Set in Edinburgh, McCall Smith writes his magic into the streets and the pages of his creation.

Isabel Dalhousie, Edinburgh philosopher and amateur sleuth, is settling into her role as a new mother. However, a conversation at a dinner party leads her to meet with the wife of a doctor whose career has been ruined. Even as a philosopher of note, I have grown accustomed to the Dalhousie series. Even as a philosopher of note, morals and ethics are not just a concept for Isabel. They are a matter of life and death. Her baby son Charlie is growing. A mysterious interloper, a composer seems to have charmed Jamie.

She also has to cope with the fallout from her takeover of the Journal of Applied Ethics, after she declines to publish a sub-standard article written by her rival, Christopher Dove. McCall Smith charms readers. He understands kindness, and forgiveness, in an age where there is very little to be had. Jun 11, Elizabeth rated it really liked it.

In the fabulous new installment in the best-selling adventures of Isabel Dalhousie, Isabel is asked to help a doctor who has been disgraced by allegations of scientific fraud concerning a newly marketed drug. Our ever-curious moral philosopher finds her interest piqued. Would a doctor with a stellar reputation make such a simple but grave mistake?

If not, what explains the tragic accident that resulted in the death of a patient? Clearly, an investigation is in order, especially since a man's rep In the fabulous new installment in the best-selling adventures of Isabel Dalhousie, Isabel is asked to help a doctor who has been disgraced by allegations of scientific fraud concerning a newly marketed drug. Clearly, an investigation is in order, especially since a man's reputation is in jeopardy. Could he be the victim of someone else's mistake?

Or perhaps he has been willfully deceived by a pharmaceutical company with a great deal to gain. Not every problem prompts an investigation take, for example, her ongoing struggle with her housekeeper, Grace, over the care of Isabel's infant son, Charlie , but, as we've seen, whatever the case, whatever the solution, Isabel's combination of spirit, smarts, empathy, and unabashed nosiness guarantees a delightful adventure I think the synopsis above does not at all prepare you for the witty, thoughtful, musings and commentaries inherent in the Isabel Dalhousie series.

I think one ought to read these books aloud, with a friend, stopping to comment, philosophize, laugh or lament over its pages. May 19, Jordan rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another Isabel Dalhousie novel, this one a bit more dull than the last, though that could be chalked up to my reading them in such quick succession.

This one involves a doctor who has prematurely retired after being embroiled in a scandal surrounding his recommendation as safe of a MRSA drug which has proved to have fatal side effects. Isabel spends some time reflecting on the fact that she is something of an amateur—not sleuth—intermeddler, and that is exactly what this series has become. No bo Another Isabel Dalhousie novel, this one a bit more dull than the last, though that could be chalked up to my reading them in such quick succession.

No bodies, in the traditional sense, in a long time. Bodies so far removed from the plot they may as well not be present. Meanwhile, she and Jamie dilly dally around the marriage question; there is a suspicious but ultimately irrelevant visiting composer; more shenanigans when Cat goes to Sri Lanka and Eddie requests money and reveals he has been taking hypnotism courses. All to no real consequence.

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For me, the pleasure of a book by Alexander McCall Smith is that it's like a sickly sweet charming dessert: Jun 29, Louise rated it liked it Shelves: I enjoyed this installment in the series a bit less than the previous title since the 'mystery' bit didn't engage me as fully as the 'art' mystery of the previous novel.

I do enjoy how McCall-Smith ends his mysteries with wise insights into human nature. I also found reading this series to be a totally different experience after having read about, and learned about, "NVC - Compassionate Communciation". I realize this is fiction, however, it is interesting to notice from a different vantage point I enjoyed this installment in the series a bit less than the previous title since the 'mystery' bit didn't engage me as fully as the 'art' mystery of the previous novel. I realize this is fiction, however, it is interesting to notice from a different vantage point how Isabel's tendency to work things out in her head rather than listening to her heart and really connecting with herself and others, more often than not, obfuscates things for her!

Admittedly, her faults make her seem very human and endear her to us. I just happen to be reading this through a different lens this time around. Addirittura chiedersi come chiamare la pappa del neonato Tralasciamo poi i penosi ragionamenti sulle questioni sociali, segno che la protagonista non ha mai sentito nominare nessun economista o filosofo-economista Come giallo in se meriterebbe 0 assoluto ma mi piace l'atmosfera di Edimburgo, soprattutto la gastronomia di Cat.

Apr 08, Judy rated it liked it. Does Alexander McCall Smith ever sleep? How does he keep up this publishing schedule?


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While I prefer his books that are set in Africa, this Sunday Philosophy Club series is a charming, laid-back series of stories set in contemporary Scotland. I wouldn't rush out to buy one of this series as soon as they are published, but usually check them out when they appear on the new book shelf at the library.