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Friends, Lovers, Chocolate (Isabel Dalhousie Novels)
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate (Isabel Dalhousie Novels)
by Alexander McCall Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.81

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Problematic, 8 Nov 2009
I suppose this is going to be what you might call a mixed review: This book is a light read but addresses philosophical issues; it appeals because of the characters, but then again the characters lead privileged lives that entirely fail to acknowledge the real world; The Edinburgh setting is nicely drawn but it seems that the author's editor has told him to explain every Scots word that he uses (which he does using the same device every time); and so it goes on.

I actually really like this series, but it requires a fair bit of suspension of disbelief: So for me this read is a guilty pleasure, a bit of self-indulgence. That said, if you want an entertaining read with a bit of humour and depth to it, this could be for you.

Suitable for fans of E.F. Benson's Lucia.

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