The Isabel Dalhousie Series

The Sunday Philosophy Club

Publisher: Vintage Canada
Introducing the new series from the international bestselling author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books — the Sunday Philosophy Club series is set in Edinburgh, Scotland, and stars Isabel Dalhousie, editor of The Review of Applied Ethics and part-time detective.

Isabel enjoys wading through the mysteries of life, everything from the morning’s crossword to higher philosophical dilemmas, often with the advice of her ethically upright housekeeper, Grace. In this first novel of the series, Isabel witnesses a young man plunge to his death from the upper balcony of the Edinburgh Concert Hall. When Isabel discovers that the young victim had uncovered illicit activities at the brokerage house where he worked, the hunt for answers, and the killer, is on.

This new series is a delightful look at a reasonable and logical woman who keeps getting involved in mysteries despite all reason and logic.


From the Hardcover edition.

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Chapter One

Isabel Dalhousie saw the young man fall from the edge of the upper circle, from the gods. His flight was so sudden and short, and it was for less than a second that she saw him, hair tousled, upside down, his shirt and jacket up around his chest so that his midriff was exposed. And then, striking...
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READING GUIDE

1. Isabel Dalhousie is a single, wealthy, literary woman of settled habits with a strong interest in moral behavior. In what ways is she a model female sleuth, and in what ways is she a surprising one? How does she compare with Precious Ramotswe of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency? How does she compare...

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PRAISE FOR

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Praise for Alexander McCall Smith:

“There’s no mystery as to why Alexander McCall Smith’s books are everywhere.... His works are engaging, delightful events, immersing readers in a world that is foreign, yet familiar, where good people try to do their best in life, with mixed results.” Calgary Herald

“[McCall Smith’s books] are closer to being moral fables, fascinating explorations of guilt and conscience and reparation and atonement.” The Vancouver Sun