The Sunday Philosophy Club, by Alexander McCall Smith

Isabel Dalhousie is the editor of a philosophy journal and a member of an informal group of people who meet (presumably on Sundays) to discuss philosophy. At the end of an evening at a concert hall, she sees a man fall to his death from the circle, and determines to find out whether he fell or was pushed.

Although ostensibly a detective story, the book concentrates more on the day-to-day life of Isabel, as she muses on the problems of life, ethics and relationships. We do follow her progress as she tries to gather more information on the unfortunate victim whose death occurs on the first page of the book, but that's incidental really to the observational stuff that's going on.

This maybe wasn't as brilliant as 44 Scotland Street, and felt a bit disjointed because I read it in short snatches over a period of several weeks, interspersed with other reading. So I don't think I really did it justice.

But it was very good, and it will be worth reading more in the series (and probably reading this one again).

Completed : 13-Oct-2008

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