Most of us are familiar with Alexander McCall Smith’s charming series The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. I’ve read several and loved them all. So, when my aunt handed me The Sunday Philosophy Club, she didn’t have to convince me to read it.
Set in Scotland, Isabel Dalhousie is a full-time editor and a part-time “gumshoe”, and in this, the first novel in the series, Isabel is witness to a tragic accident, when a man falls to his death, from a balcony, at a symphony concert. But the wanna-be-detective, starts to asks questions, and pretty soon, she isn’t convinced it was an accident.
I’m not usually a fan of mysteries, and honestly, this one was just okay. It lacked the warmth and humor of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, and the setting did not intrigue me in the way Mr. McCall Smith was able to use Botswana with it’s unique culture and folklore. Turns out this series is not my cup of tea.
2 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2004