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McCall Smith is a Emeritus Professor of Medical Law as well as an author who has written over 50 books on a wide range of subjects: from Forensic Aspects of Sleep to The Criminal Law of Botswana, The Perfect Hamburger (children's fiction) to The 2 1/2 Pillars of Wisdom.
The second installment of McCall Smith's Sunday Philosophy Club series sports a charmingly meandering plot and winningly hyperverbal characters-no surprise to fans of Isabel Dalhousie's debut, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, or any of McCall Smith's 50-plus titles. Once again, Edinburgh's Dalhousie, intrepid editor of a philosophy journal, finds herself analyzing other people's problems when asked to fill in for her niece Cat, at Cat's gourmet food shop-cum-delicatessen. At the shop, Isabel meets Ian, who is haunted by visions of a man he comes to believe must be the murdered donor of his transplanted heart. As McCall Smith lovingly takes Isabel sleuthing across Edinburgh, the donor's stepfather (a man Ian has never seen) turns out to look much like the man of Ian's nightmares. Meanwhile, Cat's romantic rejects find their way, via the shop, into Isabel's social set, including former major beau Jamie, a classical musician who, though 15 years younger, becomes Isabel's confidant. A delicious mix of the unlikely and the tried-and-true, this latest cozy from an undisputed master will make readers feel just that. 9-city author tour. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
'A wonderfully ingenious plot. McCall Smith writes with a delightful twinkle in his eye' TELEGRAPH 'A gem of a novel. Isabel (is) on wickedly intelligent and perceptive form' MIRROR 'Fascinating digressions, diversions and disputes ... roll on volume three' LITERARY REVIEW 'Another delightful read' WATERSTONES BOOK QUARTERLY 'Seductive stuff' DAILY EXPRESS
In Friends, Isabel Dalhousie, general editor of the philosophy periodical Journal of Applied Ethics, returns in the second installment of the "Sunday Philosophy Club" series. When her niece Cat goes to a wedding in Italy, Isabel fills in for her at her delicatessen and meets a customer named Ian, who's banned from chocolate, among other things, since his heart transplant. Now Ian is having visions of an unfamiliar face he thinks might be meaningful to the original owner of his new heart. Recommended for collections with loyal Smith fans and only for patient, literate listeners, even with Davina Porter's competent rendering of the personalities.-Sandy Glover, Camas P.L., WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Adult/High School-Isabel Dalhousie, the charming and well-intentioned editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, is back. She does not actively seek out trouble, but her inability to ignore those in need has a way of drawing her into peculiar situations. Her adventure begins when she meets Ian, who has recently had a heart transplant and is disturbed by a menacing face that keeps appearing in his memories; he and Isabel wonder whether there is any credence to the theory of cellular memory, and whether Ian could be recalling the person who was responsible for his donor's death. In much the same way that "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series opens a door to the dusty roads of Botswana, this one allows readers to experience the long, sunny days of a Scottish summer. The history and charm of Edinburgh are apparent in the detailed descriptions of the cobblestoned streets Isabel walks as she contemplates philosophical questions and attempts to make sense of Ian's issues as well as her own sudden romantic interest in a much younger friend and recent fianc? of her niece. The characters and plots are thoughtful and thought-provoking, and will stay with readers well beyond the final page.-Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Library System, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.