Friends, Lovers, Chocolate #(2022)
- Title: Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
- Author: Alexander McCall Smith
- ISBN: 9781400077106
- Page: 229
- Format: Paperback
Free Read Friends, Lovers, Chocolate - by Alexander McCall Smith - Friends, Lovers, Chocolate, Friends Lovers Chocolate In this delightful second installment in Alexander McCall Smith s bestselling detective series the irrepressibly curious Isabel Dalhousie gets caught up in a highly unusual affair of the heart When I
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I m getting worried I ve read all but two of Alexander McCall Smith s books, and I read faster than he can write It ll be hard to find another author I can trust for my bedtime reading one whose books are like slipping into a cozy conversation with a thoughtful, well read, gossipy friend.Friends, Lovers, Chocolate, the second book in the Isabel Dalhousie series, explores the intriguing subject of whether memories can be stored in organs other than the brain Meanwhile, Isabel s intense, Platonic [...]
Another pleasant mystery, full of interesting philosophical musings rather than melodramatic deaths and red herrings Like the No 1 Ladies series, and the previous book in this series, the mystery is almost second place to the lives of the characters, although it s definitely an compelling one this round 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 t [...]
This should really be a 3.5 star book certainly better than The Sunday Philosopher s Club, as its plot has a bit resolution to it Isabel, however, begins to wear a bit thin a little too self righteous, and not nearly self aware enough to really justify it However, I might be feeling this from the last two books The Right Attitude to Rain and The Careful Use of Compliments than from this particular book I think she s really at her best in this installment.
I have really enjoyed this series, and was intrigued by the idea of cellular memories But I was so disappointed in the resolution of this book I felt like McCall Smith ran out of energy after writing the first 75 percent of the book The end just petered out I kept expecting some kind of kicker, but none ever came The writing, as always, is smooth, and the descriptions of Edinburgh compelling But there wasn t much else to recommend about the book.
This series just gets better It s the mystery novel for the thinking person Our heroine, Isabel Dalhousie is, as ever, distracted from her mystery which is usually of an intrigue than a real mystery by the pressing issues of applied ethics The real delight in this, of course, is setting the book down in your lap for a bit to think over whether or not it is our moral obligation to respond to all emails, or whatever question may have arisen, and then pop back into the story like nothing ever happ [...]
i checked this one out in fact, i also listened to the sunday philosophers club since it was the first in this series simply because it had the word chocolate in the title and the pictures of a cafe on the front ripe with the promise of foodie fiction no such luck i don t actually remember any chocolate at all in this book yes, isabel dalhousie which always brings to mind a tiny toy house for precious dolls does mind the shop for her niece, but not really that is such a miniscule part of the tex [...]
I ve read a handful of books by this author So far, he is just lukewarm for me I don t love them I don t hate them I thought I would like this one though Davina Porter did the narration and I love her She narrated the Outlander series But by coincidence, this book also had a Jaime and an Ian as characters, all with Scottish accents So I kept thinking Outlander all the way through this.
Sometimes a writer will sit back and contemplate philosophical thoughts In other words, their minds drift Seems like Smith decided to write a character for his musings Isobel has to decide whether the recipient of a heart has the right to thank the donor family in person, even if they don t want to meet him.
The premise behind the Isabel Dalhousie Sunday Philosopher Club series is this Isabel is editor of an academic journal of ethics It is her personal ethic that she is obliged to act upon her principles She cannot simply sit back and be an observer And so we have the set up for an adventure.In Friends, Lovers, Chocolate, Isabel meets Ian, who is haunted by visions of a man he comes to believe must be the murdered donor of his transplanted heart Ian would experience jolts of pain in his body always [...]
Isabel Dalhousie s niece Cat asks Isabel to mind Cat s deli while she goes off to a wedding in Italy Isabel is worried Cat will fall in love with an Italian lothario or worse mafioso Um can we say stereotypes Isabel would much rather Cat get back together with Jamie who has pledged his undying love for her Nevermind Isabel s little crush on him she s far too old She agrees to run the deli for awhile, putting her own work with the Review of Applied Ethics aside Then, while eating lunch one day, s [...]
Book on CD performed by Davinia Porter Book 2 in the Isabel Dalhousie series has Isabel contemplating mysteries of the heart literally and figuratively 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 He has recently had a heart transplant and now is experiencing strange dreams memories of things that never happened to him This has been languishing on my tbr for quite some time I read the first book in the se [...]
Rating 3.5 of fiveThe Book Report No life is perfect Isabel Dalhousie would seem to be an exception to that rule, since she s rich, well educated, and has a job she loves Hate her yet But all else being equal, which it never is, how can you hate a woman who believes it is a moral duty to help someone who most of us would call nutsy cuckoo She meets a man who has had a heart transplant He s troubled by dreams and memories of a man with a scarred eye, and a sense of foreboding and unhappiness conn [...]
I am always amazed at the interesting questions Alexander McCall Smith brings to his novels Again, the mystery is not the most important thing about the book In this one, the strange feelings of a man who has received a donor heart are the mystery Is there something as a cell memory which is giving him visions he can only suspect are from the donor s life Isabelle decides to tackle the question and we follow her thorough many false starts and red herrings.As with the others, the lives of her nie [...]
Questo il primo libro delle indagini di Isabel Dalhousie che leggo come al solito, lungi da me andare con ordine e l ho trovato delizioso La protagonista, Isabel Dalhousie, professione filososa, una persona molto particolare.La sua mente sempre in movimento e mi divertivo a leggere di tutti i collegamenti mentali che faceva, ricordandomi quando perplesso, mio marito mi osservava chiacchierare con delle amiche se si perde un passaggio si finiti A mio avviso questo rende bene l idea di una mente p [...]
The second instalment in the Sunday Philosophy Club series Isabel Dalhousie novels was almost as good as the first It was intriguing to see 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 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 As with th [...]
The Isabel Dalhousie series is close to the Ladies No 1 Detective Agency series as far as style goes, but different enough that it doesn t feel like the same story written over again This story is aimed towards a 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.It s amazing to me that a man could w [...]
I am a big fan of McCall Smith s No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, but was disappointed when I began reading this newer series, starting with The Sunday Philosophy Club I didn t find Isabel Dalhousie anywhere near as endearing as Mma Ramotswe, but I decided to press on and read Friends, Lovers, Chocolate to see if the series improved any return I enjoyed this book much than the first in the series Isabel seemed likable and a bit funnier, whereas I had only found her strange and unnatural in [...]
Alexander McCall Smith is one of my favourite writers, and it s always a joy to dig into one of his books 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 I have seen it remarked that nothing much ever happens in an Alexander McCall Smith novel That is both true and false There is not much high drama, and conflicts, such as they a [...]
Alexander McCall Smith writes charming, thoughtful books This series I think of as a love poem to Scotland and to Edinburgh in particular Lots of rich, lovely details of the struggles of Scottish identity and modern life Isabel is a philosopher, editor of an academic journal on moral philosophy Her encounters with people, situations, and entertainment bring forth her thoughts She s also, truth be told, a little nosy She takes upon herself the chore of solving people s problems either by thinking [...]
This is the second installment in Smith s Isabel Dalhousie series about a meddling philosopher in Scotland Isabel edits a philosophy journal, moonlights at her beautiful niece s deli, maintains friendships with a budding musician 15 years her junior, and interjects her opinions with reckless abandon wherever she pleases In this one, Isabel meets a gentleman by the name of Ian, a recent recipient of a heart transplant Ian has been experiencing strange visions and memories, and considers the possi [...]
This is the second of the Isabel Dalhousie series, and ordinarily I prefer to read the first first, but as I m trying to wend my way through books on my WaitShelf I decided to read this anyway 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 So the second has come first.Not a problem the author has threaded enough in about the protagonist to make the allusions to the Sunday Philosophy Club the first [...]
I ve read several of the author s books and this is the second I ve read in the Sunday Philosophy Club series While I liked this story, I had many of the same issues with this one that I had with the first one At least in the first book, the characters were new and the plot was a bit exciting This time around, the characters seemed whiny, two dimensional and the book rambled so much, it often felt like there was no storyline Overall, it just didn t seem as well put together as some of his oth [...]
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.While working in the Cafe, 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 He confides in Isabel over lunch at the Scottish Arts Club.Isabel is intrigued so much so that she finds herself accompanying her housekeeper Grace to a s [...]
Friends Yes Lovers Maybe Chocolate Theoretically and philosophically yes Mystery A little, rather unimportant.Philosophy and ethics A lot A slow paced modern day Edinburg city scene The protagonist, Isabel Dalhousie, a wealthy woman and an editor of an intellectual magazine, is better developed in the second instalment of Sunday Philosophy Club Smart and sometimes self righteous, yet it does not take long for her to become self aware I rather like her constant philosophical musing.This book make [...]
This, the second book of McCall Smith s , Sunday Philosophy Club trilogy leads me directly on to the third and final book, The Right Attitude to Rain Not only to I lean toward the philosophical ethical musings of the main character, Isabel Dalhouse, editor of the, Review of Applied Ethics , but I find in her a companion to my thoughts, where as in real life I often get looks as does she when these thoughts are verbalized.And, when I m through with the final editionI ll miss you, Isabel.
Isabel Dalhousie is a professional academic philosopher, who applies herself assiduously to the moral dilemmas of life The dilemma central to this novel is about organ transplant and its effect on the recipient who has some troubling memories which he feels may belong to his donor McCall Smith is an easy read, but he opens up some very deep questions about the human experience And his descriptions of beautiful Edinburgh are fabulous.
Such a nice book I love philosophy in a fictional setting lolHonestly, though, this was a pretty good read There was a review that said that it was like talking to you beast friend, I totally agree The whole book felt like a mini vacation with a best friend Very simple and down to earth this book, yet some of the philosophical question that Isabel Dalhousie asks in the book are so deeply ingrained in my mind now.Do pick it up if, like me, you need something light yet engaging.
A warm book to curl up with Unfortunately I didn t realize this was the second in the series will have to go back and read the first Smith has a very personable way of writing that makes the world feel like a cozier place.
Typical of this author.
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