Isabel and her fiancé know who they are and where they come from. But not everybody is so fortunate. Jane Cooper, a visiting Australian philosopher on sabbatical in Edinburgh, has more questions than answers. Adopted at birth, Jane is trying to find her biological father, but all she knows about him is that he was a student in Edinburgh years ago. When she asks for Isabel's help in this seemingly impossible search ... well, of course Isabel obliges.
I love the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. Every spring I highly anticipate the new book in that series. While I love that series I just kind of really like the Sunday Philosophy Club, at least enough to keep reading each new entry. In this go around we find Isabel assisting a fellow visiting philosopher with investigating her family tree. As is often the case there is a tricky moral dilemma associated with this case and Isabel is left debating whether she did the correct thing. There are also some philosophical explorations of God and the meaning of living a spiritual life. Cat is as dismal and mean spirited as ever. I have lost patience with her and honestly can't see why Isabel keeps bothering with her. On the positive side Brother Fox has a son and a significant development is made in Isabel's personal life. You can count this in as another sweet and heart warming addition to the series.
I came onto McCall Smith and Dalhousie a complete novice: this is the first book by him I’ve read. There is no major plot in the sense that thrillers and mysteries have a (fast-paced) plot. Instead, most of the novel is spent on Isabel’s thoughts on what is happening in her life and whether what she is doing is actually what she should be doing. While McCall Smith gives enough information for newcomers to get the hang of things, long-time fans should get the most out of this skillfully written installation.
Annother enjoyable book by Alexander Mcall Smith.