The Novel Habits of Happiness

The Novel Habits of Happiness

Large Print - 2015
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"The ever-delightful, insatiably curious Edinburgh philosopher and amateur sleuth returns to take on a case unlike any she's had before--this one with paranormal implications--in the tenth installment of this beloved author's consistently best-selling series. From a small town outside Edinburgh comes the news that a young boy has been recounting vivid recollections of a past life: a perfect description of an island off the coast of Scotland which he couldn't possibly know, and a house there, where he claims to have spent his former life. When the boy's mother asks Isabel to investigate his claims, she feels she must--of course!--help them learn the truth, and she and her husband, Jamie, set off for the island. But finding the house the boy described only leads to more complicated questions. And when she learns about the unusual story of the family who lived there, Isabel is suddenly faced with a situation of extraordinary delicacy that will require all of her skills both as sleuth and philosopher"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2015
Edition: First large print edition
ISBN: 9780804194457
Characteristics: 353 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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Sep 02, 2019

The Isabel Dalhousie series gives Alexander McCall Smith the opportunity to share his philosophy of life, living, and Scotland in a delightful way. The life of Isabel, and those around her, abound in the questions (and occasional answers) about people, things, living, how, why, what, and where. Her compassion for most shines through and her disappointment in the rest are clearly expressed with good reasons--logical and emotional.

If you love to explore the quirks of life, love, food, and others, you will enjoy this book and others. If that is not your cup of tea, read something else that is.

Mar 31, 2019

Average plot, this is the 10th in the series. This novel seemed to have way too much wandering of thoughts. And, I enjoy discussions of Scottish art .. paintings, although my knowledge on that topic is a big zero. Grace's activities involving her belief in supernaturalism after life is a fascinating ingredient in this series.

Feb 19, 2018

I have read other books by the same author and mostly enjoyed them. I did note that his ladies Detective agency Series is lighthearted almost to a fault, but accepted that.

This book almost made me want to gag with the situation of an overly perfect marriage ( always so considerate of each other, and constantly loving) along with the constant mental masturbation that Isabel goes through deciding what is right and proper, not to offend anyone, doing what is right, blah blah blah. She and her husband both remind me of a couple that you would want to avoid spending time with, just way too prissy.

The resolution of her helping the lady with the boy who thought he had lived before with another family was pretty lame. Other problems seem to magically take care of themselves, leaving us in this perfect world where everything is and harmony – if only that were the case in real life.
It was definitely a struggle to finish it, I had to skip a lot of the fluff. I will definitery not be reading anymore of the series.

Apr 10, 2017

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

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.

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?

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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