The Right Attitude to Rain by Alexander McCall Smith Anchor Books, HK$104 Reading The Right Attitude to Rain is like snuggling under a duvet on a winter's day with milky tea on the side - delicious. The experience cannot be rushed; neither should there be a need to justify such simple pleasures. Third in the Isabel Dalhousie series, this volume has the 42-year-old protagonist finally acting on her feelings for Jamie, 14 years younger and formerly rejected by her niece, Cat. When Dalhousie is not musing on the ethics of this and that (accepting a fantastic offer to buy a flat under false pretences is one), she works from her Edinburgh home as an editor of the Review of Applied Philosophy. She also enjoys art, quotes Auden and takes comfort in her favourite philosophers. Moralist though she may be, Dalhousie never comes across as holier than thou; instead, readers will grow to love her for her acute observations and appreciation of life's little surprises. Accompanying her relationship with Jamie is the dilemma she faces upon befriending a wealthy Texan and wife. Then there's Cat's new boyfriend, a mummy's boy. Isabel Dalhousie may not achieve the popularity of Alexander McCall Smith's other leading lady, Precious Ramotswe (of No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency fame), but she provides a good excuse for spending the day in bed.