Sunday Philosophy Club

15 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 374 ratings

The Sunday Philosophy Club Summary

Amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher who uses her training to solve unusual mysteries. She edits the Review of Applied Ethics and hosts The Sunday Philosophy Club at her house in Edinburgh.

Behind the city's Georgian facades its moral compasses are spinning with greed, dishonesty and murderous intent. Instinct tells Isabel that the young man who tumbled to his death in front of her eyes at a concert didn't fall. He was pushed.

With Isabel Dalhousie, Alexander Mccall Smith introduces a new and pneumatic female sleuth to tackle murder, mayhem - and the mysteries of life.

©2004 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2005 Isis Publishing Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • The Sunday Philosophy Club

    • An Isabel Dalhousie Story, Book 1
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 29

    Amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher who uses her training to solve unusual mysteries. She edits the Review of Applied Ethics and hosts The Sunday Philosophy Club at her house in Edinburgh. Behind the city's Georgian facades its moral compasses are spinning with greed, dishonesty and murderous intent. Instinct tells Isabel that the young man who tumbled to his death in front of her eyes at a concert didn't fall. He was pushed.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Really battled to stay interested

    • By Alexs on 30-09-18

    Regular price: £24.69

  • Book 2

    • Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    Isabel Dalhousie thinks often of friends, sometimes of lovers, and on occasion of chocolate. As an Edinburgh philosopher, she is certain of where she stands. She can review a book called In Praise of Sin with panache and conviction, but real life is...well, perhaps a bit more challenging....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 3rd in Isobel Dalhousie series

    • By Alison on 02-01-17

    Regular price: £18.79

  • Book 3

    • The Right Attitude to Rain

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Mysteries of love, romance, and truth-telling lie at the heart of Isabel Dalhousie's concerns in Alexander McCall Smith's new Sunday Philosopher's Club novel. Isabel's niece, Cat, is still worshipped by the young musician, Jamie, but Cat has a new and unsuitable love interest. Meanwhile Isabel's Texan cousins have arrived in Edinburgh and are provoking a quite separate set of dilemmas.

    Regular price: £18.79

  • Book 4

    • The Careful Use of Compliments

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    For philosophically-minded Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, getting through life with a clear conscience requires careful thought. And whilst juggling the arrival of baby Charlie, a passionate relationship with his father Jamie, a truce with her furious niece Cat, and struggles for authority over her son with her formidable housekeeper Grace, Isabel finds herself drawn into the story of a painter's mysterious death off the island of Jura.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Careful Use of Compliments

    • By Alison on 07-01-17

    Regular price: £15.59

  • Book 5

    The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday cover art
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  • Book 6

    The Lost Art of Gratitude cover art
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  • Book 7

    The Charming Quirks of Others cover art
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  • Book 8

    • The Forgotten Affairs of Youth

    • An Isabel Dalhousie Novel
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lesley Mackie
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    The continuing adventures from Isabel Dalhousie, Edinburgh philosopher and curious observer of the behaviour of her fellow man.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Wrong voice

    • By Karen on 17-07-12

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 8.5

    • The Perils of Morning Coffee

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Karlyn Stephen
    • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    Summer in Edinburgh is a season of delicate sunshine and showers, picnics with loved ones in blossoming gardens and genteel celebrations of art and music. But Isabel Dalhousie's peaceful idyll is broken when a single meeting over coffee with fellow philosopher Dr George McLeod brings an irate phone call from his wife, Roz, who implacably accuses Isabel of conducting an affair with her husband.

    Regular price: £24.49

  • Book 9

    • The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lesley Mackie
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    As a mother, wife, employer and editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, Isabel Dalhousie is aware that to be human is to be responsible. So when a neighbour brings her a new and potentially dangerous puzzle to solve, once again Isabel feels she has no option but to shoulder the burden. A masterpiece painting has been stolen from Duncan Munrowe, old-fashioned philanthropist, father to two discontented children, and a very wealthy man.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delightful

    • By Self-help junkie on 24-12-12

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 10

    • The Novel Habits of Happiness: Isabel Dalhousie, Book 10

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Karlyn Stephen
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 107

    From a small town outside Edinburgh comes the news that a young boy has been recounting vivid recollections of a past life: a perfect description of an island off the coast of Scotland which he couldn't possibly know and a house there where he claims to have spent his former life. When the boy's mother asks Isabel to investigate his claims, she feels she must - of course! - help them learn the truth, and she and her husband, Jamie, set off for the island.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting story.

    • By B. Maver on 21-09-17

    Regular price: £24.49

  • Book 10.5

    • At the Reunion Buffet

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Karlyn Stephen
    • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Isabel Dalhousie - philosopher, mother and friend - is taking on the mammoth task of hosting her school reunion. In the hours before 25 former classmates descend on her home and the caterers arrive to set up a buffet, Isabel has time to reflect. She is mindful of the fact that reunions can bring up all sorts of uncomfortable feelings. Later that night, with the party in full swing, Isabel realises that the pull of the past remains as strong as ever.

    Regular price: £24.49

  • Book 10.75

    • Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine

    • An Isabel Dalhousie Story
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Karlyn Stephen
    • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Edinburgh basks in glorious, but brief, summer sunshine, and Isabel Dalhousie - philosopher, philanthropist and mother - searches for the perfect birthday present for her husband Jamie. While carefully seeking out a gift, Isabel finds herself at a viewing for an auction, and happens upon an old friend in distress - a friend who decides to unburden herself of her secrets, and to reveal a clue within a painting hanging on the walls of the auction house.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wished it was longer!

    • By Albert on 08-03-17

    Regular price: £20.99

  • Book 11

    • A Distant View of Everything

    • Isabel Dalhousie, Book 11
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Karlyn Stephen
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    The latest novel in Alexander McCall Smith's much-loved Isabel Dalhousie series. Recently distracted by the arrival of her and Jamie's second son, Magnus, Isabel Dalhousie - philanthropic editor of the Review of Applied Ethics - is anxious. The next issue of the Review is far from ready, her eldest, Charlie, is jealous, and their housekeeper, Grace, has an officious approach to childcare. With some relief, Isabel returns to helping out at her niece Cat's delicatessen, where surely the most taxing duty is the preparation of sandwiches.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Edinburgh wih love

    • By Veronica on 19-10-17

    Regular price: £27.99

  • Book 12

    • The Quiet Side of Passion

    • Isabel Dalhousie, Book 12
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Karlyn Stephen
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    It is summer in Edinburgh, and Isabel Dalhousie is once again caught between ‘gossip’ and significant rumour. It is none of her business that Patricia, the mother of her son Charlie’s little friend Basil, is estranged from Basil’s father or that the woman has a somewhat brazen attitude to childcare. And yet, it is curious. Isabel, however, has much else on her mind as editor of the Review of Applied Ethics. Along with the work involved for its impending next issue, she really needs to get her house in order and tend to the demands of her niece, Cat. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A typical Isabel Dalhousie story, warm and gentle

    • By A Wagener on 27-08-18

    Regular price: £27.99