The Comforts of A Muddy Saturday

The Comforts of A Muddy Saturday

eBook - 2008
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In Smith's winning fifth novel to feature Edinburgh philosophical sleuth Isabel Dalhousie, who's recently assumed ownership of the obscure journal she's edited for many years, the Review of Applied Ethics, applies her deductive gifts to the case of a disgraced doctor. When a patient dies after taking a new antibiotic that Marcus Moncrieff deemed safe in clinical trials, the doctor's original report turns out to contain falsified data. Did Moncrieff skew the data to please the drug manufacturers? Moncrieff's wife turns to Isabel for help in lifting her husband out of his despondency. While the truth isn't straightforward, the motives of the guilty party prove to be both plausible and rational..
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2008
ISBN: 9780307377760
0307377768
Characteristics: 240 p. ; 22 cm

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abookandacuppa
Aug 04, 2014

I actually finished this book on a Saturday, albeit, not muddy. It was a welcome return to the streets of Edinburgh, Isabel's family, and the antics of Brother Fox.

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rakicarol
Dec 03, 2011

Isabel is getting a bit tedious with her eternal security about her age and that of her younger partner. A plot is mainly framework for Isabel's philosophical musings which Smith seems to relish as I do. His books are reflective, quiet, kind descriptions of Edinburgh's 'intellectual' circle. Smith writes marvellous comfort books for the low-key crowd.

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pokano
Jul 04, 2011

I've been a big Isabel Dalhousie fan, but isn't it time for her to get over her "I'm the older woman" insecurities? This most recent in the series--in which Isabel confronts a doctor accused of misconduct-- seems more labored than in the past, unlike the Patience Ramotswe books, which seem as fresh as ever Isabel, it's time to get on with life!

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dougsl
Jul 23, 2010

Nothing special but I liked this story even though it was a little flat in it's plot. Just an average outing for Isabel Dalhousie, an average writing by Mr Smith.

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