The Sunday Philosophy Club – Alexander McCall Smith


The book in one sentence: A quiet editor turns amateur sleuth when she sees a man fall to his death.

Who would you recommend it to: Readers who don’t mind a slow-moving plot, slower than Agatha Christie’s mysteries can be sometimes.

Best bits: The moral philosophy bits. I really enjoyed that.

Boring bits: The rather long-winded plot.

Only review quote:

“A treasure of a writer whose books deserve immediate devouring” – Marcel Berlins, Guardian

Verdict: It’s something to read if you like pondering on moral issues. If you’re looking for a good mystery, this is not really it. I do like the ending though.

Other book by Alexander McCall Smith I’ve read: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. silverneurotic
    Jun 15, 2007 @ 12:46:13

    I prefer his No 1 Detective…. to his other ones…I think I would have preferred just the plot and leaving out the philosophy stuff…it’s interesting but that’s the part that felt like overkill.

    nylusmilk: i liked no 1 detective, but i also thought this has its own appeal, and it wasn’t the mystery! the philosophy appeals to me, but i can see it’s not everybody’s cup of tea. agatha christie is a much better read for a mystery to me than this.


  2. Nina Liakos
    Jun 24, 2007 @ 20:50:52

    Perhaps my favorite sleuth series is the Brother Cadfael Chronicles, some of which have been made into movies for the TV series Mystery. Beautifully written by Ellis Peters (pseudonym of the late Edith Pargeter, these 20 novels are set in 12th-century England, near the Welsh border. The sleuth is a returned Crusader turned Benedictine monk who with gentle ways and immutable logic solves crime after crime! If you enjoy mysteries and historical fiction, these books are fabulous. For more information see

    nylusmilk: thanks for the link, haven’t never heard of this series before. am just a typical agatha christie fan when it comes to mysteries! 🙂


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