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The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday by Alexander McCall Smith
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Jun 15, 2011

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bookshelves: 2011, 3-and-a-half-stars, guilty-pleasure, part-of-a-series, read-on-kindle
Read from June 08 to 15, 2011

Put on the broken record, as in this 5th installment of the Isabel Dalhousie/Sunday Philosophy Club series there is not I feel like there is left to say about it or its prolific author, Alexander McCall Smith.

I can rehash all the my usual descriptors: pleasant, polite, light, leisurely, etc. Likewise, I can repeat that I use McCall Smith and particularly these series (tho I need to get back to Botswana and Mma. Ramotswe in No. 1 Ladies) as a literary palate cleanser. This time I'd just come off an epic WWII/Holocaust historical novel, so The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday was certainly the perfect anecdote for that!

That said, I preferred the last two installments of the series over this one. Those had the surprises of two new "men" in Isabel's in life full-time, in this installment there is definitely a a sense of things having been well settled-in, though that doesn't stop Isabel from way over-thinking or saying the wrong things... but that's what we love about her, right?! Overall, 3.5 stars for that guaranteed good time by McCall Smith.


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