Saturday, February 14, 2015
The Right Attitude To Rain by Alexander McCall Smith
The delectable new installment in the bestselling and already beloved adventures of Isabel Dalhousie and her no-nonsense housekeeper, Grace.
When friends from Dallas arrive in Edinburgh and introduce Isabel to Tom Bruce – a bigwig at home in Texas – several confounding situations unfurl at once. Tom’s young fiancee’s roving eye leads Isabel to believe that money may be the root of her love for Tom. But what, Isabel wonders, is the root of the interest Tom begins to show for Isabel herself? And she can’t forget about her niece, Cat, who’s busy falling for a man whom Isabel suspects of being an incorrigible mama’s boy. Of course Grace and Isabel’s friend Jamie counsel Isabel to stay out of all of it, but there are irresistible philosophical issues at stake – when to tell the truth and when to keep one’s mouth shut, to be precise – and philosophical issues are meat and drink to Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics. In any case, she’s certain of the ethical basis for a little sleuthing now and again – especially when the problems involve matters of the heart.
Being a fan of No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Series written by the same author, I was quite keen to explore another series by the same author. The Right Attitude to Rain happens to be the third book in the Sunday Philosophy Club Series. Even without ready the first two book, it was easy to read this title.
What can I say? If you are familiar with The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series, you would known already of the author's style of writing. Very much into character development to a certain extend, the storyline and the plot are all rather mellow but if you have interesting quirky characters, who really need a complicated plot that can easily back fire and just spoil the whole book.
What I can say is that while I enjoy the book and while I quite like Isabel Dalhousie, I have not warmed up to her yet. I am still treating here as aquaintance rather than as a friend. Perhaps that will change as I get to know her better and I certainly hope so as I do rather enjoy the writing of Alexander McCall Smith.
If you come across Isabel Dalhousie, do say hi to her and give her a chance ya, and maybe we can compare notes one of these days. :)