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The Double Comfort Safari Club Hardcover – Apr 20 2010


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada; First Printing edition (April 20 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0676979254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0676979251
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.3 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #244,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER

"The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries remain his best-written and most consistently satisfying works. The Double Comfort Safari Club gives readers a chance to check in on the more compassionate, reflective world of the house on Zebra Drive."
--The Christian Science Monitor

"What would summer be without a visit to Botswana and the private detective agency run by Precious Ramotswe? The point of these books . . . is not to uncover mysteries, at least not directly, but rather, discuss the vagaries of the human heart and what makes people tick."
--Ottawa Citizen

"Like clove oil on a bad tooth, McCall Smith's fiction acts on cynicism as an effective, old-fashioned balm."
--The Globe and Mail


Praise for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series:
"Beautiful in spirit…. Botswana and its way of life are described in exquisite detail…delightful…positively uplifting."
Winston-Salem Journal

"Utterly charming and compulsively readable."
Newsweek

"Endearing, amusing…sparkles with African sunshine and…wit."
Dallas Morning News

"Smart and sassy…[with] the power to amuse or shock or touch the heart, sometimes all at once."
Los Angeles Times

"McCall Smith's simple, sweet descriptions of everyday pleasures — a cup of tea, walking around one's garden — are enticing."
Boston Globe

"There is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these books."
The New York Times Book Review

"Put on the teakettle, find your place in the sun and settle in for a genteel journey."
Rocky Mountain News

"Four Stars…. Full of the quiet humor and ingratiating charm we've come to expect."
People

"Each book is a small miracle in its self."
The Times Picayune

"Witty, charming and a delight…wonderfully entertaining."
Tucson Citizen

About the Author

ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH was born in what is now Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He is now Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh. He has written more than fifty books, including a number of specialist titles, but is best known for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which has achieved bestseller status on four continents. In 2004 he was awarded the British Book Awards Author of the Year and the Booksellers Association Author of the Year. He lives in Scotland, where in his spare time he is a bassoonist in the RTO (Really Terrible Orchestra).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Augustina on Oct. 4 2010
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I was pleased to be able to read this latest novel of Alexander McCall Smith, who makes the country of Botswana and its people, especially Precious, the No. Lady Detective, and her assistant, most appealing. Her philosphy and common sense are refreshing. I love all the regular characters, and I am always sorry get to the last page of each volume. Hope there are more of her adventures forthcoming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaunty on Dec 2 2010
Format: Audio CD
I ordered this item only to discover that it is abridged. This has happened to me before because the abridged /unabridged status of a recording is not always clearly indicated, AS IT SHOULD BE. I love this series and expect this book to be a good as the rest, but I want it in UNABRIDGED format.
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Format: Hardcover
The Double Comfort Safari club, like all volumes in The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, glows with a warmth that I've been lucky enough to experience from a small handful of truly kind individuals. To my knowledge, no one has managed to capture that essence of soul-refreshing sweetness in book form like Alexander McCall Smith.

The stories are fairly simple. This is a character-driven series, not a plot-driven one. I look forward to each new book, not for the "mysteries" (which are lightweight and enjoyable), but for a chance to visit with old friends who warm my heart.
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By Pat on June 15 2010
Format: Hardcover
The latest book in this series is just as good as the others. Like a nice chat with a dear friend. The characters are believable with faults and failings and lovable quirks. If you are looking for rip roaring adventure this is not the book for you. If you are looking for an enjoyable read Precious Ramotswe will take you on an enjoyable trip of her home town to meet interesting characters with equally interesting problems which Mme Ramotswe helps them solve with a good helping of common sense and understanding of human nature.
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Format: Hardcover
Have read most of this author's books; enjoyed them all, and especially this one.There is always so much quiet wisdom, humor and a sense of having spent some peaceful, quiet time with an unusual character. I would read, especially all of the No. l Ladies' Detective series.
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