The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday

An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

By Alexander Mccall Smith
(Random House Large Print, Paperback, Large Print, 9780739328125, 384pp.)

Publication Date: September 23, 2008

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover

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ISABEL DALHOUSIE - Book 5

Nothing captures the charm of Edinburgh like the bestselling Isabel Dalhousie series of novels featuring the insatiably curious philosopher and woman detective.  Whether investigating a case or a problem of philosophy, the indefatigable Isabel Dalhousie, one of fiction’s most richly developed amateur detectives, is always ready to pursue the answers to all of life’s questions, large and small.

In the fabulous new installment in the best-selling adventures of Isabel Dalhousie, Isabel is asked to help a doctor who has been disgraced by allegations of scientific fraud concerning a newly marketed drug. Our ever-curious moral philosopher finds her interest piqued. Would a doctor with a stellar reputation make such a simple but grave mistake? If not, what explains the tragic accident that resulted in the death of a patient? Clearly, an investigation is in order, especially since a man's reputation is in jeopardy. Could he be the victim of someone else's mistake? Or perhaps he has been willfully deceived by a pharmaceutical company with a great deal to gain.

Not every problem prompts an investigation (take, for example, her ongoing struggle with her housekeeper, Grace, over the care of Isabel's infant son, Charlie), but, as we've seen, whatever the case, whatever the solution, Isabel's combination of spirit, smarts, empathy, and unabashed nosiness guarantees a delightful adventure.




About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the huge international phenomenon The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics.




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CONVERSATION STARTERS

  1. At a somewhat dull dinner party, Isabel is engaged in a conversation about happiness with a doctor seated next to her. She argues, "most people are reasonably happy"; he argues that "most people are unhappy in one way or another" [p. 12]. With what evidence does he support his opinion? With whom do you agree, and why?




Praise For The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday

"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

"Delightful... McCall Smith's talent for dialogue is matched only by his gift for characterization."
--Chicago Tribune

"Full of his insightful but gentle examinations of human nature... Paints [a] rich portrait of Edinburgh."
--Rocky Mountain News

"Alexander McCall Smith's writing is downright addictive."
--The Grand Rapids Press

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