Friday, October 07, 2011

The Double Comfort Safari Club

The Double Comfort Safari Club is another in the long-running No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. I can't call them mysteries, even in the cozy sense, even though that's the section where you can find them in the book store. They are quick pleasant reads, more character- than plot-driven. I continue to like them, but The Younger Son gave them up years ago. I do not like books from any of the other series this author has written, and I've read several.

from the back of the book:
The latetst installment in this bestselling series finds Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi traveling to the stunning Okavango Delta to deal with issues of great fortune and mistaken identity.

The two ladies of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency head to a safari camp in the north of Botswana to find a tour guide who has been left a sizable sum of money. But finding the right man might be more difficult than they expect. In addition, there is a cloud hanging over the trip, because before they departure Mma Makutsi's fiance, Phuti Radiphuti, suffered a serious accident, and his aunt, who is taking care of him, won't let Mma Makutsi in to see him. Could she be trying to split them up? Of course none of this defeats the indomitable Precious Ramotswe, who knows that good sense, kindness, and patience will always carry the day.

The Christian Science Monitor likes this series and this particular book. The Washington Times has an overview. In the Stacks has a video review.

I've read these others from this series:

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Tears of the Giraffe
Morality for Beautiful Girls
The Kalahari Typing School for Men
The Full Cupboard of Life
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
Blue Shoes and Happiness
The Good Husband from Zebra Drive
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
The Miracle at Speedy Motors


  1. I love everything I've read by this author, but The #1 Ladies Detective Agency books are the best. They are so real. I spent a month in Gabs, once, and picture where he describes. He has the culture down pat. These books are anthropological as well as entertaing.

  2. Thanks for your comment. It's a pleasure to know the author gives a good view of the culture and setting. I've never been there and had no idea how accurate they were, so your information is helpful. I do like this series.

  3. Thanks for watching and your mention of In the!!