Sunday Philosophy Club

24 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 3,862 ratings

The Sunday Philosophy Club Publisher's 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 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 24

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not too light, not too heavy,easy listening.

    • By Anniebligh on 01-30-11

    Regular price: $26.30

    • The Sunday Philosophy Club

    • An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 677
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 379
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 373

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not Number One Ladies Detective Agency!

    • By connie on 06-06-08

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 2

    • Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

    • The Sunday Philosophy Club, Book 2
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 427
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 215

    In this delightful second installment in Alexander McCall Smith's best-selling new detective series, the irrepressibly curious Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, gets caught up in an affair of the heart, this one a transplant.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A gem!

    • By Lovin' life and winding down on 10-20-05

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    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....

    Regular price: $20.03

  • Book 3

    • The Right Attitude to Rain

    • An Isabel Dalhousie Novel
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 383
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 193

    Isabel's life is thrown for a few loops when her cousin Mimi arrives from Dallas with her husband Joe. Through Mimi and Joe, Isabel meets Texas hotshot Tom Bruce, who is about to marry someone Isabel suspects of gold-digging. Further complicating matters, Tom seems to have an unusual level of interest in Isabel. Meanwhile, Isabel has her own feelings to deal with, not to mention those of her beloved niece Cat, whose romantic interest may not be up to snuff.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • brain candy

    • By Marija on 02-05-07

    Regular price: $17.49

    • 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 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    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: $20.03

  • Book 4

    • The Careful Use of Compliments

    • An Isabel Dalhousie Novel
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 342
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170

    Award-winning New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith, creator of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series of novels, delivers the fourth tale from his charming Isabel Dalhousie series, featuring the highly ethical and plucky protagonist. She's now a mother, but has an uncertain relationship with her son's father. She must also deal with academic politics and, of course, a mystery: did a Scottish painter drown, commit suicide or fall victim to a murder plot?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another McCall Smith hit

    • By Joanne on 07-15-08

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Careful Use of Compliments

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

    Regular price: $16.62

  • Book 5

    • The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday

    • An Isabel Dalhousie Novel
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 284
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163

    The fifth novel in New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith's beloved Isabel Dalhousie series has the ethical problem solver from Edinburgh finding comforts in unlikely places.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday

    • By Joyce D. Delario on 09-23-09

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 6

    • The Lost Art of Gratitude

    • An Isabel Dalhousie Novel
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153

    When Isabel bumps into Minty Auchterlonie for the first time in years, she is skeptical (again) of Minty's integrity. But Minty mentions the bank where she works is having internal troubles, and Isabel must determine, once and for all, if Minty can be trusted.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • slow moving but enjoyed development

    • By Cynthia on 07-01-10

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 7

    • The Charming Quirks of Others

    • An Isabel Dalhousie Novel, Book 7
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 300
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 183
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179

    Beloved author Alexander McCall Smith’s seventh Isabel Dalhousie tale finds the ethical philosopher doing background checks on several candidates for the same job. In the process, Isabel learns quite a bit about herself, as well.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love it

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-18-10

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 8

    • The Forgotten Affairs of Youth

    • An Isabel Dalhousie Novel
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 269
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 222

    In the eighth installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s best-selling Isabel Dalhousie series, the inquisitive heroine helps a new friend discover the identity of her father. Jane, a visiting Australian philosopher on sabbatical in Edinburgh, has more questions than answers. Adopted at the age of six, she knows little about her father, other than he was a student in Edinburgh years ago. Always up for a challenge, Isabel is more than happy to help.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Smitten by Smith once again!

    • By Pamela Harvey on 12-17-11

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Forgotten Affairs of Youth

    • An Isabel Dalhousie Novel
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lesley Mackie
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

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

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • a light enjoyable read

    • By Paddington on 04-16-12

    Regular price: $17.55

  • Book 8.5

    • The Perils of Morning Coffee

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Karlyn Stephen
    • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    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: $26.11

  • Book 9

    • The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lesley Mackie
    • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

    Regular price: $18.11

    • The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds

    • An Isabel Dalhousie Novel, Book 9
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 223
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187

    One afternoon over coffee at Cat’s delicatessen, a friend of Isabel’s shares a call for help from Duncan Munrowe. Crafty thieves have stolen a prized painting from his collection, a work by the celebrated French artist Nicolas Poussin that was earmarked for donation to the Scottish National Gallery. Munrowe has been approached by the thieves and hopes that Isabel will assist him in recovering the painting. Never one to refuse an appeal, she agrees, and discovers that the thieves may be closer to the owner than he ever would have expected.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, simply gorgeous narration...

    • By Benedict on 10-29-12

    Regular price: $24.49

  • 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
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

    Regular price: $26.11

    • The Novel Habits of Happiness

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 265
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 236

    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 that 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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • OK if you're already a fan

    • By A. Kiss on 09-15-15

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

    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: $25.30

    • At the Reunion Buffet

    • An Isabel Dalhousie Story
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 72

    Inviting 25 former classmates to a reunion dinner, Isabel sees an opportunity to finally resolve age-old differences among her classmates. But when damaging secrets and long-held resentments surface, Isabel finds the path to true forgiveness runs along a very slippery slope.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Philosophical Conundrums

    • By Jean on 10-08-16

    Regular price: $10.49

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