The second in THE SUNDAY PHILOSOPHY CLUB series, starring amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie.
Isabel Dalhousie thinks often of friends, sometimes of lovers, and on occasion of chocolate. As an Edinburgh philosopher she is certain of where she stands. She can review a book called In Praise of Sin with panache and conviction, but real life is...well, perhaps a bit more challenging - particularly when it comes to her feelings for Jamie, a younger man who should have married her niece, Cat.
Jamie's handsomeness leaves Isabel feeling distinctly uneasy and ethically disturbed. 'I am a philosopher', she thinks, 'but I am also a woman'. And more disturbance is in store.
When Cat takes a break in Italy, Isabel agrees to run her delicatessen. One of the customers, she discovers, has recently had a heart transplant and is now being plagued by memories that cannot be rationally explained and which he feels do not belong to him. Isabel is intrigued. So intrigued that she finds herself rushing headlong into a dangerous investigation. But she still has time to think about the things that possess her - things like love and friendship, and, of course, temptation. The last of these comes in many forms - chocolate, for example, or seductive Italians. . .
About the Author
Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over eighty books on a wide array of subjects. For many years he was Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh and served on national and international bioethics bodies. Then in 1999 he achieved global recognition for his award-winning No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, and thereafter devoted his time to the writing of fiction, including the 44 Scotland Street and the von Igelfeld series. His books have been translated into forty-six languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife Elizabeth, a doctor.
A wonderfully ingenious plot. McCall Smith writes with a delightful twinkle in his eye. [Daily Telegraph]A gem of a novel. Isabel [is] on wickedly intelligent and perceptive form. [Daily Mirror]Fascinating digressions, diversions and disputes...roll on volume three. [Literary Review]Another delightful read. [Waterstones Book Quarterly]
Series: Isobel Dalhousie Novels
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: October 2009
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.247