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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday

More Isabel Dalhousie!

I've been reading this series for a while now, and since book 3 and 4 it's gotten oh-so-slightly boring-er. The mysteries lack bite and the philosophical musings of the heroine can drag on. But the milieu of intelligentsia Edinburgh and the cast of supporting characters, from beautiful bassoonist Jamie to the down-to-earth Grace who nonetheless believes in psychic powers, to man-eating delicatessen owner Cat and her troubled assistant Eddie, make her world worth a return visit.

And as for the heroine, poor heiress/music-lover/philosopher Isabel is neither as shrewd as Miss Marple nor as wise as Precious Ramotsowe , but she is an over-educated, highly-cultured, well-meaning busybody of a sleuth. Plus she has a hot younger lovah whom she fears losing to a younger woman, which definitely makes me love her that much more.

This book's rather thin plot involved Isabel trying to exonerate a doctor who was accused of manipulating research data while fretting over her domestic situation and trying to help Eddie out of a jam. Mostly, though, it was just about watching Isabel navigate her world.

And that's pleasure enough. Because reading about Isabel really is like a literary cup of tea, a highly strong and milky one with a nice biscuit to go with it. Nonetheless, I won't be reading the next installment until it comes out in paperback, and I catch up a bit on the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.

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