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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,458 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexander McCall Smith Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Isabel Dalhousie Series Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781440745379
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The author's name is familiar because you love him so much for creating The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Isabel Dalhousie helps to solve a puzzling murder in Edinburgh. Features endearingly thorny characters and a Scottish atmosphere as dense and Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book is a clear demonstration of Mr. McCall Smith’s own philosophy: that there is wisdom in inviting readers into a world of kindness and gentility and creature comforts. Offer the literary equivalent of herbal tea and a cozy fire. They’ll come back for more.”

    New York Times

  • “Glows like a rare jewel.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A plucky new series by a master of local color.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Murder and moral obligation mingle in this whimsical new series…Scotland’s climate may be misty and cool, but McCall Smith’s charming prose warms every page of this winning series debut.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Davina Porter creates a wonderful range of Scottish accents and delivers a fine-tuned narration…Porter’s varying tone and pacing keep the listener involved, and her interpretation of well-born but broadminded Isabel is adroit.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer H | 2/13/2014

    " This really was an interesting book - a little odd as it strove to have a very high society and intellectual main character. You can't help but like her, though. While she is very introspective, she's pretty bold! Maybe someday the club will actually meet, but for the time being it's good to follow just one member. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 2/7/2014

    " Not quite as magical as the Ladies detective agency but still very enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/1/2014

    " This isn't exactly a mystery novel as I'd expected but how fun to hangout in Isabel's head! Her musings on society, ethics, and observing others were so interesting to read. I definitely want to join the Sunday Club. The plot is pretty abrupt, almost strange, but I definitely want to read more of this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fay | 1/31/2014

    " Didn't draw me in like the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books do. Disappointingly bland. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/12/2014

    " Tried very hard not to make comparisons between Isabel and Mma. Ramotswe, but it was difficult. Isabel is not a terribly engaging character and I was surprised to find myself struggling to finish this book. I'm used to the McCall Smith style mystery but without the strength of the characters, it's difficult to be drawn into. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regina Burchett | 12/12/2013

    " The main character in this series is such a thoughtful person, and she works to always do the right thing. McCall Smith's books can be slow-moving at times, but the characters are excellent and definitely human, flaws and all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbwebb1 | 12/11/2013

    " Have I mentioned I love this series? Alas, I have no roots in Scotland that justify a move to Edinburgh to edit a small journal of history and performance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber | 12/10/2013

    " Why is it even called the Sunday Philosophy Club when they only mention said club three times the entire book? And then, it has nothing to do whatsoever with the plot which is essentially NON-EXISTENT. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise Reid | 11/21/2013

    " Loved this first book in this series. I couldn't stop reading until 3 books later! I really enjoy Isabel's philosophizing and the setting in Edinburgh. I also enjoy all the characters and the author's love of music and the arts in general. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Wallace | 10/23/2013

    " I have al of the Dalhousie series....really entertaining and fun to read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Lecluyse | 10/13/2013

    " Fun, gentle story (minus the guy who fell from the balcony, not so gentle for him...) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 9/25/2013

    " By no means a terrible book, just did not grab my attention! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb Bailey | 9/14/2013

    " I really liked McCall smiths series on the #1 Ladies Detective Agency. This book was fair........not his best work but I finished it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debbie Maskus | 6/10/2013

    " Read for Mystery Book Club 1/2007 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 ColleenPA | 5/27/2013

    " Soooo disappointing, after the thoroughly enjoyable No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books. My complete review is here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffany | 3/7/2013

    " I like this author, but I found this book to be bit heavy on the philosophy. An interesting character, though, and I've heard the later books in the series are better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 12/25/2012

    " Didn't enjoy the style of this book. Very wordy, and I never warmed to the main protagonist "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J | 10/26/2012

    " Had high hopes for this but it's not as good as 44 Scotland Street. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Psirene | 8/29/2012

    " A Miss Marble for the modern woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 8/18/2012

    " Not quite what I expected. (For example, there are no meetings of any club!). The end also seemed a little "rushed". Nonetheless, very diverting, enjoyable and a good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marigold | 8/9/2012

    " Annoying and boring. Reading this book, on Sunday or any other day, is an exercise in nihilism. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Blakelyn | 6/27/2012

    " I had a hard time with this book, as it was very stuffy and a bit TOO philosophical for my taste. I found myself skipping whole sections of philosophical fluff. I did not get attached to Isabel and found her character to be a bit boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bev | 4/24/2012

    " This book was a big disappointment. I loved the Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency books by the same author, but I found this book to be tedious and a chore to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi | 11/13/2011

    " I am coming to this series late, but like them very much....such a delightful protagonist! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eli Schwartz | 7/26/2011

    " Just gave up. DId not find this book enjoyable or interesting. I felt like I was forcing myself to read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genine | 6/29/2011

    "
    Different from his Mma Ramotswe series, but just as charming. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 6/23/2011

    " Well written, but I don't like the heroine of the series much, and won't bother to read any more books in the series. I love this author's "No 1 Ladies Detective Agency" but not this series. I ended up speed-reading the last 2/3 of it just to find out "who done it." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marlene | 6/16/2011

    " This was kind of slow are hard for me to get through. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marcus | 6/14/2011

    " I just couldn't find myself interested enough in the busy body protagonist. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry | 6/8/2011

    " Got better as it went on. Not as good as No 1 Ladies Detective Agency. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 6/3/2011

    " Very wordy. Slow slow read for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rrshively | 6/1/2011

    " I enjoy the Ladies #1 Detective Agency more. Still, this is a pleasant read about someone who may philosophize a bit too much but who gets into interesting situations by being nosy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leslie | 5/29/2011

    " A big disappointment after the #l Ladies Detective series. Lacking the charm. Hard to get into. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Winona | 5/21/2011

    " lame mystery with a dumb ending and philosophical discussions with which I disagreed amid loose morals.
    This was a big surprise after reading the #1 womens detective book which I enjoyed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 5/14/2011

    " I almost put this book down so many times because I was just bored, but I perservered and finished. "

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About the Author
Author Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He has also written numerous stand-alone novels, books for children, and nonfiction works. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana.

About the Narrator

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and she also won the prestigious Audie Award in 2006.