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The Sunday Philosophy Club
The Sunday Philosophy Club | Alexander McCall Smith
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 mornings 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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kspenmoll
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#pirchlife #coffeeandbooks #RedRiverBeach

Starting my morning thinking of Red River Beach on the Cape,which my dad visited late afternoons daily to walk, bird watch, and #near his end of life, watch the ocean from the car.
Breakfast of homemade blueberry crisp & coffee. 🥧☕️📚🏖🐟🦎🐦🦆

rretzler I love McCall Smith‘s Isabel Dalhousie series! She seems so grounded, I always strive to be more like her, even though she is only fictional! 3mo
Cinfhen Pretty photo 💜 3mo
BarbaraBB Great location! 3mo
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Ddzmini
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Love everything about this awesome package and the fact that @gradcat thought of my situation is so fantastic thank you so much for everything it was all so perfect you great 😋📖👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 #mysterymessageswap and thank you @TheReadingMermaid for this great swap! (Sorry about the delay post I was out of town and didn‘t have my 📦)

TheReadingMermaid Oh wonderful I'm so glad that you received it and everything is good 😊 5mo
gradcat Oh, you‘ve made me very happy, Danielle. I know the crafty part was not at all up to par, but you are right—I was considering your move. I hope you feel like I hit some high notes as regards your favorite things. I‘ve really been terribly worried about this—you‘ve really, really made my day! 🥰😍♥️ Oh, & again, thanks to @TheReadingMermaid for holding my hand all the way through this swap! 😂♥️ (edited) 5mo
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyJune19 Day 4: sharp-tongued #spinster is the way to be.
I have a stack of Alexander McCall Smith novels that I have yet to read. For those who have read him, which book do you recommend I start with?

AlaMich The only series of his I enjoy is No. 1 Ladies...Isabel Dalhousie is boring, IMO, though 44 Scotland Street isn‘t bad. 5mo
gradcat I like all of his books, in varying degrees. But I must admit I did read three of the Isabel Dalhousie series, so I guess I liked them well enough! 😂 5mo
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Mccall0113
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Anyone get into this series? Grabbed the first 2 on a whim at a library books sale.

BooksMcD I really like this cover! 7mo
Crazeedi I have read the first couple of the Scotland street series, but I've not read this one 7mo
Soubhiville I‘m a big fan of the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Series, but I haven‘t read this one. 7mo
tpixie Sounds fun! 7mo
rretzler I love this series. I totally admire Isabel and her morality! I‘d read the entire series and this is the first year in a long time that it doesn‘t appear he will be coming out with the next in the series. 7mo
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Suelizbeth
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This is the first in the Isabel Dalhousie mystery series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I realized, belatedly, and distractedly, that it is actually set in modern day Scotland (early 2000s), but because of the writing style, one can be easily convinced, at first, that this takes place in the early 1900s. Nonetheless, it is a good mystery with a small twist at the end. Series ❤️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BoB23IGPhoto #24B4Monday @TheReadingMermaid

Suelizbeth And I called it at 18 hours. So much fun @TheReadingMermaid And I finished 3 books! 📚❤️ (edited) 1y
TheReadingMermaid Very nice! You did great!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
AnneCecilie 🎉👏🎉👏🎉👏 1y
Cathythoughts Sounds really good 👍🏻 1y
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Suelizbeth
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I‘m doggin‘ this readathon. I got a tooth pulled and I‘m recovering from the effects of the anesthesia and the pain killers. But I‘ll do what I can and feel good about my reading time. #24B4Monday @TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 Well done, especially in the circumstances! Ouch! Feel better soon. 1y
Suelizbeth @Andrew65 Thanks. At least I‘ll be OK for work this week, 😊 1y
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bookandcat
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#backpackeurope travelogue @JenP *fictional*

Country 2: next up on my list was Scotland. While I didn't see any murders in Edinburgh like the heroine of my book did, I saw plenty of tartan and wool! I decided against the haggis. I also listened a bit to Harry Potter on audiobook and imagined taking the Hogwarts Express through the Scottish countryside.
I love Alexander McCall Smith but this book wasnt my cup of tea. Dalhousie needed more to do.

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Missusb
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#backtoreading #anditsaugust #recommendationsday Day 21.

I seem to have acquired a lot of Alexander McCall Smith's books over the years. I love all of his series, except the Scotland Streets ones and only because I haven't read them. I heartily recommend this author to you. He's also an extremely engaging speaker and man.

BibliophileMomma 😍😍 2y
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lycomayflower
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"Cooking in a temper required caution with the pepper."

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Leniverse
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Any Germans here, who can shed some light on this, or will I have to spend the evening googling "Germany potato cutlery 1800s"? ? And for that matter, why shouldn't one use a knife on a bread roll?

julesG That's baffling. Never heard about not using a knife on a potato. But will try my best to find out. 3y
tricours I found this: "In Germany, one never dines with his hands. Utensils, such as a fork and knife, is always used at mealtimes. Also, do not insult your host by using a knife to cut the boiled potates – instead, use the side of a fork, for usage of the knife would imply that the boiled potatoes are not tender and well-cooked. Put this into practice when you dine in Germany!" @Sarah83 ? 3y
Moray_Reads @tricours good find! That actually makes a kind of weird sense 3y
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julesG @tricours - similar to what I found but I've also found a more reasonable explanation. Most cutlery, especially with the more well-off, was made of silver. Silver would tarnish when you cut potatoes with it, hence you were supposed to use the side of the fork. As for using your hands. In the 18th and 19th century using the hands was frowned upon, even when trying to eat a chicken leg. 3y
julesG @Moray_Reads @tricours I think my grandmother failed to drum this into me. I'm quite sure she tried her best, though. 3y
Sarah83 @tricours @julesG @Moray_Reads I found the same as Julia. And I also remember, that we did it like that at my grandma's dinners. But I don't find in the web, why the forks where made of another material than knives. 🙁 3y
Sarah83 @tricours @julesG @Moray_Reads And the story with the bread is this one: Bread isn't cut into pieces but you take the bread and break it with your hands. The knife is only for the butter and the cheese (as Knigge says). 😉 3y
Leniverse Huh. Thanks! Lots of interesting info! Now I'm obsessed with knowing why only knives were silver. 😂 And, speaking as a Norwegian, a butter knife is a separate piece of cutlery again, frequently made of wood and definitely too blunt to cut anything! Also, sometimes potatoes should have a bit of resistance to them, and not mash too easily! (National potato and (butter) knife differences) 😂 @julesG @tricours @Moray_Reads @Sarah83 3y
Moray_Reads @Leniverse @Sarah83 @tricours @julesG maybe because you put the fork in your mouth but not the knife? Would that make a silver fork more likely to tarnish? 3y
Leniverse @Moray_Reads Oh. Yes, that makes sense. Seems a bit silly to use silver at all... don't get it near your mouth, don't let it touch the potatoes! And probably a series of other foodstuffs. 3y
Sarah83 @tricours @Moray_Reads @julesG Well I think I should read Knigge and then translate it to you. 😉 3y
Sarah83 Another funny fact is, that I ordered the book you are reading two hours ago. 😆 3y
Leniverse @Sarah83 Yes, do translate Knigge for us! I'm fascinated. As for the book I'm reading, it's starting to grow on me a bit, but I'm not convinced I'll be recommending it. 😕 3y
Sarah83 You don't have to. I already ordered it. 😉 maybe I find a website; where this already done. 😉 3y
julesG @Sarah83 @tricours @Moray_Reads Forks were made of silver, too. They were easier to clean and to polish than knives. You were supposed to see yourself in the tiny mirror of the knife's blade, hence they had to be polished vigorously. Remember the butler and footmen in Downton Abbey always wearing white gloves? One of the reasons for this was not leaving finger prints on the cutlery when setting the table. 3y
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Leniverse
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Because being a wine snob is so much worse than being a snob about classical music, paintings, poetry, and food. 🙄I am actually surprised Isabel isn't a wine snob as well, but I guess she needs to have some types of snobbery to look down on and be snobbish about. 😏

saresmoore Hahaha! 3y
julesG Gets better and better. Guess I should read this book one day. 3y
Leniverse @julesG I don't know... so far this has none of the charm of the Ladies No. 1 series. And as wealthy, white, 40ish, female sleuths go, I just started watching the Miss Fisher mysteries the other day, and though she's just a bit to unbelievably skilled at everything, I'd rather hang out with her any day! 3y
LauraBrook Miss Fisher is way more fun! 3y
Leniverse @LauraBrook Yes! I think Fun must be her middle name. Or at least the Greek word for fun. 😂 3y
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Leniverse
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Say what!? 😒The people of Iceland did not come from Danes! *grumble* I hope Mr. Cleft Chin sets her straight.
And for that matter, why don't we dwell on the generations of hardy Scotsmen (and ditto women) who resulted in Isabel Dalhousie sitting all smug with her opera glasses wondering (on the previous page) if Reykjavik actually had a professional symphony orchestra, or if they would turn out to be amateurs. Snob.

tricours Oh, Scandinavians are all the same, aren't they? Let's throw in some Finns too 😁 3y
julesG Bunch of Norsemen: tall, broad shoulders, long blond hair, grey/blue/green eyes. :))) 3y
Martta We might look the same but our origins are different. For example Swedish and Norwegian people have much more diverse backgrounds than Finns do because they have sailed around the seas for hundreds and hundreds of years. In Finns there are a lot of eastern blood (meaning we have a lot of genes from Russia). 3y
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Leniverse @Martta Are you commenting to me or to @julesG ? I am very aware of the difference, being Norwegian myself. 🙂And @tricours was being ironic. Which might have been the intention of julesG as well. 🤔 3y
Martta @Leniverse Just commenting on general to the discussion. Got the irony. 😊 3y
Martta I thought you might be from one of the Scandinavian countries. Your name is very Swedish/Norwegian/Dannish sounding. 3y
Leniverse @Martta Yes, I have a -sen name that every single person in the UK automatically writes as a -son name, no matter how many times I point it out to them. 🙄Swedes have it easier! 😆 3y
Martta @Leniverse ? You should try having a "ä" in the name. That's just pure agony to try to guess how my name is pronounced each time. It's usually different everytime. My first name is not so bad since English speaking countries have similar version of it but these countries like to use people's last names a lot so it can get very interesting. 3y
julesG @Martta Yes, tried to be ironic, forgot to tag @tricours. 3y
tricours Swedes can have name problems too! Norwegians can't handle my name, "Rebecka" is a very difficult spelling for most. The worst I've gotten is Rebbeka I think. 3y
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Greg
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Yawn. So many dead ends and pages upon pages of unsatisfying philosophical randomness for a mystery with an out of the blue finale. Stilted dialogue; the best characters are ignored. Very unlikely to keep going with this series.

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Foragingfantasy
The Sunday Philosophy Club | Alexander McCall Smith

From being in a rut to now reading 4000 books at once. 😂😂 feast or famine. This audiobook is read by Davina Porter and she is my favorite. Feels like a friend.

OSChamberlain I have the leather bound edition but also had to bail the first time I tried. But then again I was about 16 at the time and probably just not ready for it. 3y
Foragingfantasy @OSChamberlain I'm really enjoying it on audio. She is in her 40's so maybe not something that would appeal to a 16 year old. 3y
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BookishFeminist
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ramblingsofareader 👍🏼👍🏼 3y
Owlizabeth I WISH. Kids are *not* cooperating. 😒 3y
Mynameisacolour 😂😂😂 3y
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PenguinInFlight Yessssss. ☺️👍🏻 3y
BekahB Exactly! My friends and family know not to expect much socializing from me on Sundays. 😄 3y
TheBookbabeblog84 Stealing to repost lol 3y
SusanInTiburon 😮 That's me!! 3y
Dragon I need this sign! 3y
becausetrains 😳 noted, hon! 🙅🏻🤓 3y
BookishFeminist @becausetrains 😂😂 YEP. Better be careful today. 🙅🏻 3y
angrylilasian @Owlizabeth I'm having the same problem!! 3y
Ellsbeth Luckily, my kids really wanted to play with Legos...pretty much all day. So I'm trading between reading and building/fixing things. It's a good day. 3y
readinginthedark @Ellsbeth That's so lucky! I took mine to the zoo and lost the whole day. 😆 But it was fun spending time with him. 3y
Ellsbeth @readinginthedark That sounds like a great day! It was a rare day of content with two young girls at my house. It was nice. 3y
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Caryl
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#laidbackbooks - For several years, I had the tradition of reading an Isabel Dalhousie mystery around the holidays. These are lovely reads for busy times, easy to dip into & out of and back into again, when life is full of interruptions. They helped me focus on taking it easy and enjoying the time with family. (Because going without reading is not an option! 😉) #augustofpages #bookphotochallenge

Graciouswarriorprincess I adore this series, so good! 3y
LeeRHarry Haven't read this series but I love the Scotland St series and they are great for a light read inbetween heavier books too 😊 3y
Spiderfelt Does that mean you can read while people are talking nearby? I'm trying to picture how these books help you be around family. (seriously curious - not being snarky) 3y
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SaraFair I have the first Scotland St book and have not read, must push to top of stack! 3y
Caryl @Spiderfelt -- No, I can't usually read that way. What I meant is that during those couple of weeks of hustle & bustle -- whether at home or on the road -- I need something easy & fun & calming to read. Hope that's clearer! 3y
Caryl @Graciouswarriorprincess Isn't Isabel fun to hang out with? 😊 3y
Caryl @LeeRHarry & @SaraFair I liked the first book: I should read more of those. I remember reading about how A.M. Smith first wrote those stories as a serial for The Scotsman newspaper. 😎 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess @Caryl Yes, she is as is everyone here on Litsy! Love this community! 3y
Caryl Right on, @Graciouswarriorprincess ! Litsy is such a great place! 💕 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess @Caryl Isabel seems like a friend that we all would be lucky to have! 3y
Spiderfelt Got it. I can relate. Also, I wish I could read while people are chattering in the same room, or even playing a game in an adjacent room. How often does a mother get a quite house to herself? 3y
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LaurenAsh
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Thursday evening Sunday Philosophy Club. Liked the characters, a little so-so about the mystery.

HitTheRoadJacq Loved this series - but it does take a little while to adjust to the languid pace - take your time as it's well worth the effort! 3y
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