The Double Comfort Safari Club Hardcover – Apr 20 2010
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"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."
"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."
"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."
"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).See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
This time round Mma Romotswe has a couple of cases to exercise her skills. She has been contacted by an American attorney whose late client has left some money to someone in Botswana who was kind to her and the task is to track this person down. The other case concerns a couple who are known to Mma R, and who apparently each suspect the other of cheating.
I was fortunate to visit Botswana a few years ago, and this series does very much capture the pace of life and the general philosophical outlook of the populace which is considerably removed from what we are used to in the West. These are relatively short books and very easy to read. Most readers will quickly fall into the rhythm of these tales and will thoroughly enjoy them.
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.
Maybe because I grew up in South Africa, I understand all the hidden fear for animals and the always available helping hands.
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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. Read more
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.Published on May 17 2013 by George Toumishey
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