Isabel Dalhousie Series

15 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 160 ratings

The Sunday Philosophy Club Summary

New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith, winner of the first-ever Saga Award for Wit, has entertained millions with his beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries. Now this phenomenally popular author introduces a fresh series, brimming with the charm and humor his stable of dedicated fans can't get enough of.

Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher by training, and an amateur sleuth by choice. When a young man falls from a balcony to his death, Isabel's curiosity is aroused. She does not believe the fall was an accident, and she is determined to root out the truth. With a little help from some friends (her housekeeper, her niece, and her niece's rather attractive ex-boyfriend), Isabel plunges into the shady business community of Edinburgh to find some answers.

With its distinctive characters and captivating suspense, The Sunday Philosophy Club further cements McCall Smith's status as one of today's most imaginative and enjoyable authors.

©2004 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
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  • Book 1

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  • 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 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

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  • Book 9

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  • 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 96
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 92

    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

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  • Book 10.5

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  • Book 10.7

    • 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 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    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

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  • 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 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    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

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  • 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 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    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