Personally I prefer Precious Ramotswe of his Botswana novels to Isabel Dalousie, the amateur sleuth featured here, but I do remember it took me more than one book to be totally enchanted by her so I know Isabel will grow on me. And I also know I enjoy the African setting more than the more sombre Edinburgh one of this series. But for all that, I can’t resist this author, the wit and wisdom is here and Isabel’s moral ground similar to Precious as she too tackles the mysteries of life. It’s utterly charming. She is expected in a television series in the autumn which I am much looking forward to.
Comparisons: Agatha Christie, P G Wodehouse, Robert Goddard.
Similar this month: Peter Robinson, Ben Sherwood.
Amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher who also uses her training to solve unusual mysteries. Isabel is Editor of the Review of Applied Ethics - which addresses such questions as 'Truth telling in sexual relationships' - and she also hosts The Sunday Philosophy Club at her house in Edinburgh. Behind the city's Georgian facades its moral compasses are spinning with greed, dishonesty and murderous intent. Instinct tells Isabel that the young man who tumbled to his death in front of her eyes at a concert in the Usher Hall didn't fall. He was pushed.
With Isabel Dalhousie Alexander McCall Smith introduces a new and pneumatic female sleuth to tackle murder, mayhem - and the mysteries of life. As her hero WH Auden maintained, classic detective fiction stems from a desire for an uncorrupted Eden which the detective, as an agent of God, can return to us. But then Isabel, being a philosopher, has a thing or two to say about God as well.
'Isabel Dalhousie's charm is undeniable' Sunday Times
'The No. 2 Lady Detective... anyone who loves Precious cannot fail to be charmed' Mail on Sunday
Publication date: 07/02/2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||7th February 2013|
|Author:||Alexander McCall Smith|
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Alexander McCall Smith was our Guest Editor in July 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing. Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Then, after the publication of his highly successful No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty-five million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series ...More About Alexander McCall Smith