Sunday, December 13, 2015

Dec. 13: A Warm, Sunny December Sunday

The Novel Habits of Happiness (Isabel Dalhousie, #10)The Novel Habits of Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

One of two McCall Smith series I enjoy; even so, there are better and worse entries. Novel Habits falls right in the middle: its mystery isn't really solved at all, and Isabel decides on her response to the mystery itself by a series of logical decisions that she then seems to reverse, but there's plenty of the usual lovely Jamie, delicious food, beautiful Edinborough/Scotland, and leisurely enjoyment. A fillip of collegial intrigue and a question of family size adds more interest to the plot. If you already like the Dalhousie series, this one will fit right in, but it's not a dazzling introduction.

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