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The Double Comfort Safari Club: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency [Paperback]

Alexander McCall Smith
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March 8 2011 A Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Book for Young Readers
The delightful new installment in Alexander McCall Smith's beloved and bestselling series finds Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi travelling to the north of Botswana, to the stunning Okavango Delta, to visit a safari lodge where there have been several unexplained and troubling events — including the demise of one of the guests.

When the two ladies of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency arrive at the Okavango Delta, their eyes are opened, as if for the first time, to the natural beauty and wildlife of their homeland. With teeming wildlife, endless grasslands, and sparkling rivulets of water running in every direction, it is breathtaking. But they can't help being drawn into a world filled with other wildlife: rival safari operators, discontented guides, grumpy hippopotamuses. On top of that, the date has still not been set for Mma Makutsi and Phuti Radiphuti's wedding, and it's safe to say that Mma Makutsi is beginning to grow a bit impatient.

And to top it all off, the impossible has happened: one of Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni's apprentices has gotten married…. Of course none of this defeats the indomitable Precious Ramotswe. Good sense, kindness, and copious quantities of red bush tea carry the day &- as they always do.


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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


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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A pure guiltless pleasure May 31 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book June 15 2010
By Pat
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Double Comfort Safari Club June 2 2010
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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2.0 out of 5 stars good for adolescents. Nov. 3 2013
By lectora
Format:Kindle Edition
First book l read from this author.
Easy (maybe too easy for my taste) entertaining it gives you a feeling of life in Boswana. Calm good people. I wouldn t call it a detective story. There are several parallel stories with a happy ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a follower of the author May 17 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My mother is a fan of this author and as such this made an excellent gift. She very much appreciated the fact that it could be shipped directly to her.
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