23 November 2019

Book Beginning: The Perils of Morning Coffee by Alexander McCall Smith


Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

Isabel Dalhousie saw Brother Fox that morning at eleven minutes past four. She was not one to take much notice of such details—she felt it was usually a matter of little importance to know exactly what time it was, unless, of course, one was a railway company, or an airline, for whom concern about punctuality was entirely understandable and, on the whole, to be encouraged.

This is an eBook short story in The Isabel Dalhousie Series. I love this series which follows Isabel as she goes about her life in contemporary Edinburgh, Scotland. As a moral philosopher and editor of the journal "Review of Applied Ethics" she spends a lot of time thinking about, musing upon, and carefully considering the everyday occurrences in her life. Less about the plot and more about the people she interacts with. By the way, Brother Fox is the wild fox that she sees now and then running through her back yard.


  1. I love this series, though I haven't read any of the books for several years so I don't know how far behind I am on it. My Friday quotes

    1. There are 12 novels and 3 of these short e-books so far. This is book #8.5 - between 8 and 9, I guess. The nice thing about this series is that they make perfect sense even if you don't read them in order.