Is there something as a cell memory which is giving him visions he can only suspect are from the donor's life? Isabel feels an ethical obligation to help him figure it out. Isabel is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. A slow-paced modern day Edinburg city scene. She narrated the Outlander series. I'd have to order the first from the library, and I've already broken my intention to get nothing from the library until I'd read all my own books.
When her niece, Cat, asks her to look after the delicatessen while Cat is on holiday, Isabel meets a man with a very interesting problem. The descriptions of Edinbourough are lovely. Cannot wait to pick up the next in the series! I've read a handful of books by this author. It was intriguing to see more exposition of Isabel as a human being with human flaws and failings; namely occasional jealousy, a tendency to jump to conclusions and the odd touch of paranoia. A gentle read about an old-fashioned middle-aged Scotswoman and her friends and family combined with philosophical meanderings and little investigations.
One of the customers, she discovers, has recently had a heart transplant and is now being plagued by memories that cannot be rationally explained and which he feels do not belong to him. Isabel meets a man who has had a heart transplant, and thinks he is having visions of the donor's life--specifically, he keeps seeing a face. Isabel jumps to the conclusion that this face must be the cause of the donor's death, and begins investigating into it. This story is aimed towards a more sophisticated audience, however; there were quite a few words in this book that I had to either use context clues to decipher the meaning or convince myself that the meaning was unimportant to the storyline too lazy to grab my dictionary, I'm afraid. McCall Smith was born in what is now Zimbabwe and was educated there and in Scotland. I rather like her constant philosophical musing.
I've read all but two of Alexander McCall Smith's books, and I read faster than he can write. Meanwhile, Isabel's intense, Plato I'm getting worried. She cannot simply sit back and be an observer. Not a problem - the author has threaded enough in about the protagonist to make the allusions to the Sunday Philosophy Club the first book in the series not obtuse, and I think reading it later will still be a pleasure. He's troubled by dreams and memories of a man with a scarred eye, and a sense of foreboding and unhappiness connected with the face. Ian's questions aren't merely hypothetical.
I knew just where to go to find it. The resolution to the story is no surprise, but very interesting nonetheless. The dénouement is pure magic. This book makes me want to visit Scotland and Edinburg again. Is it coincidence, cellular memory or something darker? My favorite parts are Isabel's conversations with her housekeeper Grace - who may not be as educated or clever as Isabel, but has a wealth of practicality and advice to pass along nonetheless. The story meanders with some odd and unnecessary elements, not unlike the Precious Ramotswe series, but I enjoy that sense of a bigger picture, more of a ramble through the events than a straight line. Isabel seemed more likable and a bit funnier, whereas I had only found her strange and unnatural in the first book.
This has been languishing on my tbr for quite some time. Her encounters with people, situations, and entertainment bring forth her thoughts. Truly fascinating listening on so many levels! So intrigued that she finds herself rushing headlong into a dangerous investigation. Though it would be good to see more development of Cat other than her string of suitable and not so suitable boyfriends, all of whom Isabel is predisposed against. In this series so far, as in the 44 Scotland Street series, Edinburgh and it's character as a city pervades all aspects of the book and as someone who loves the city that works well for me! 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. Isabel is a non-nonsense practical type.
The writing, as always, is smooth, and the descriptions of Edinburgh compelling. But she is taken with Ian and the possibility of a conundrum. Her potential romance never gets off the ground unfortunately and that part was kind of superfluous and bizarre. She is intrigued by the customers, of course, given her irrepressible tendency to take an interest in the business of others, and one man in particular attracts her attention. 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. But if you really couldn't stand Miss Dalhousie and her ethical speculations, you're probably better off moving on. I've read all but two of Alexander McCall Smith's books, and I read faster than he can write.
Isabelle decides to tackle the question and we follow her thorough many false starts and red herrings. I know of more supposed Italian-American mafioso in my own state than I do in Italy. Davina Porter did the narration and I love her. This book can be easily read without reading 44 Scotland Street first. She's a spinster aunt of the old-fashioned style though she is only in her early 40s. He is recovering from heart surgery - a heart transplant in fact - and when Isabel gets to know him a bit better he reveals an extraordinary aspect of being the recipient of another's heart.
This is book about a philosopher Isabel Dalhousie who is asked by her cousin Cat to look after her cafe while she is away on holiday. LibraryThing Review User Review - lhaines56 - LibraryThing Isabel sort of has a liason with an Italian playboy it's cut short. I didn't care enough about the novel or the characters to want to read more of the series. I'm pretty much up to date with his Botswana novels and his 44 Scotland Street stories, and now it's time to have a serious go at his series about Isabel Dalhousie, slightly frustrated middle-aged ethical philosopher. Meanwhile, Cat brings home an Italian lothario, who, in accordance with all that Isabel knows about Italian lotharios, shouldnt be trusted. That evening, Jamie and his lover Louise visit Isabel, who is determined to be polite; but her jealousy gets the better of her and she is rude to Louise, who leaves with Jamie.