The Novel Habits of Happiness

The Novel Habits of Happiness

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The insatiably curious Edinburgh philosopher and amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie returns, taking on a case unlike any she's had before--this one with paranormal implications--in the eagerly anticipated new installment of Alexander McCall Smith's beloved and best-selling series. Through a mutual acquaintance, Isabel is introduced to a six-year-old boy who has been experiencing vivid recollections of a past life, which include a perfect description of an island off the coast of Scotland and a house on the island where he claims to have lived. When the boy's mother asks Isabel to investigate, Isabel naturally feels inclined to help, and so she, her husband, Jamie, and their son, Charlie, set off for the island. To their great surprise, they actually locate the house that the boy described, which leads to more complicated questions, as Isabel's desire to find rational explanations comes up against the uncanny mystery unfolding before her. It's an extraordinarily delicate situation that will require all of her skills, as both sleuth and philosopher, to solve. Back home, as she begins to prepare the next issue of the Review of Applied Ethics, Isabel confronts a threat to her professional well-being in the form of two visiting academics--Lettuce and Dove--who she fears will be a destabilizing influence on her cozy perch in enlightened Edinburgh. But no matter the trials she faces, Isabel is blissfully content in her personal life, which is centered on her young son and devoted husband.
Publisher: New York, NY : Pantheon Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, ©2015
ISBN: 9780307907363
0307907368
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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francoisetnoel
Apr 10, 2017

I just could not get into this book - found it boring and annoying .

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reeread
Apr 08, 2017

I always hope Isobel will bump into Irene, Bertie and Ulysses.

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maipenrai
Nov 13, 2016

Always a delight!! bookwoman & Abby Tabby

PimaLib_MaryG Mar 01, 2016

Isabel Dalhousie is drawn into the case of a young boy who seems to remember a past life, which leads her to journey to a remote peninsula with a lighthouse and a view of an island.

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1_Great_Book
Nov 12, 2015

Isabel has been asked to interfere again - this time concerning a young lad (age 4) named Harry who insists he lived a life somewhere else before.
The real questions will need to be resolved in a future episode: will Isabel and Jamie have a second child? And what will happen with Cat and this new mysterious boyfriend named Mick, who is very much like Jamie?

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Fran50
Sep 27, 2015

The premise of this book is intriguing, which is why I chose to read it, but most of the text was filled with the inane (and boring) mental chatter of the female protagonist. I found myself disliking her more and more as the "story" (which really wasn't much of a story at all) progressed. Perhaps Alexander McCall Smith should write from the perspective of a man rather than a woman. And perhaps he shouldn't try to imagine what goes on in the mind of a so-called philosopher. And when his story is based on the investigation of a possible "rebirth," maybe he should have the sense to see it through. What a disappointment! And he doesn't write that well either!

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