"Genial.... Wise.... Glows like a rare jewel." --"Entertainment Weekly"
"The literary equivalent of herbal tea and a cozy fire. . . . McCall Smith's Scotland [is] well worth future visits." --"The New York Times"
"In Mma Ramotswe, [McCall Smith] minted one of the most memorable heroines in any modern fiction. Now, with the creation of Isabel Dalhousie . . . he's done it again. . . . She's such good company, it's hard to believe she's fictional. You finish this installment greedily looking forward to more." --"Newsweek"
"Charmingly told. . . . Its graceful prose shines, and Isabel's interior monologues--meditations on a variety of moral questions--are bemused, intelligent and entertaining." --"The Seattle Times"
"Endearing. . . . Offers tantalizing glimpses of Edinburgh's complex character and a nice, long look into the beautiful mind of a thinking woman." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"Fans of Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels will delight in this new series, featuring as its heroine the tart-tongued, tartan-clad problem-solver Isabel Dalhousie. The book club will love it." --"Life"
"Whimsical. . . . [A] memorable cast of characters. . . . McCall Smith's assessments of fellow humans are piercing and profound. . . . [His] depictions of Edinburgh are vivid and seamless. . . . His fans . . . are sure to embrace these moral peregrinations among the plaid." --"San Francisco Chronicle"
"A mystery of moral responsibility and manners . . . [with] memorable minor characters, [an] intriguing, troubled heroine, local color and bracing Scottish patter." --"Newsday"
"Habit-forming. . . ."The Sunday Philosophy Club" leaves plenty of time for pondering moral conundrums, the drinking of steaming cups of hot brew (coffee, in this case) and . . . gentle probing into the human condition." --"The Oregonian"
"So believable. . . . The great pleasures of ["The Sunday Philosophy Club"] have to do with Smith's wry, gentle writing applied to intriguing plots more curious or humorous than dramatic. . . . Precious Ramotswe has found a kindred spirit." --"The Columbus Dispatch"
"Alexander McCall Smith has become one of those commodities, like oil or chocolate or money, where the supply is never sufficient to the demand. . . . [He] is prolific and habit-forming. . . . [His] gift, one of them, is to inspire an eagerness to follow. . . . McCall Smith has done his job. Isabel lives. A series is born." --"The Globe and Mail "(Toronto)
"Like walking down the street with an amazingly literate, thoughtful, witty and self-deprecating friend through a city that friend knows and loves well." --"The Times-Picayune" (New Orleans)
"Skillfully written. . . . Smith's Scotland . . . is a place where a profound, humane intelligence is at work." --New York" Daily News"
"Mr. Smith, a fine writer, paints his hometown of Edinburgh as indelibly as he captures the sunniness of Africa. We can almost feel the mists as we tread the cobblestones." --"The Dallas Morning News"
"Memorable. . . . "The Sunday Philosophy Club" will delight McCall Smith's existing fans and win him some new ones." --"St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
"Charming. . . . Suspenseful. . . . A pleasant introduction to a woman readers will want to know more about." --"Detroit Free Press"
"A quiet mystery aimed in equal parts at the head and the heart." --"The Patriot News "(Harrisburg, PA)
"Devotees of Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series are certain to enjoy these new people and this new place. . . . To know Isabel Dalhousie is to like and admire her." --"Chicago Tribune"
"Readers will be immediately smitten with the interplay between the philosopher, her tradition-bound housekeeper Grace and her unlucky in-love niece Cat." --"Ft. Myers News-Press"
"An elegant mystery filled not with dead bodies but an air of gentle refinement, intelligence and insight. . . . Isabel is a true original." --"Orlando Sentinel"show more