The Novel Habits of Happiness

The Novel Habits of Happiness

eBook - 2015
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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
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Call Number: eBook

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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 .

Apr 08, 2017

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

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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