Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Speaking as a 'Traditionally Built' Woman

Likely a number of you have read some or all of Alexander McCall Smith's series of books by the name of The Number One Ladies' Detective Agency.  For the uninitiated, this is a series of eleven (so far) books set in Botswana, Africa, that highlight a 'traditionally built' (I love that term) woman by the name of Mma Precious Ramotswe - a female private investigator who takes on, and solves, various cases in her slow-but-sure style, spreading bits of wisdom as she goes about her life.

The books are light reads that I have found to be delightful interludes over the years.  One of my aunts just loaned me the latest two books in the series, and I am now working on the second of those, The Double Comfort Safari Club.  I'd highly recommend them as a quick summer read if you're looking for a book that's humourous, upbeat, and somehow feel-good throughout.

* Glad so many people are enjoying these books!


  1. I must be behind in my Mme.Ramotswe books! I'll have to reserve this one at the library. I love this wonderful books too!

  2. I am going to have to read those books! I haven't read anything good in awhile!

  3. Hi Ruth,

    Loved these as well. I found the first one a few summers ago at the airport and it was perfect for the plane.

    I think it was HBO that did the first season for TV , I had heard the set and wardrobe are amazing but I have not had a chance to see them yet.

    Have a good afternoon

  4. My best friend just gave me one! I'm definitely excited to read it, especially after your review! xx

  5. I've read these books and am currently watching the Hbo series that I borrowed from a friend. Fantastic!

  6. Derrick and I both love these books! I grew up in Lesotho, which is very close to Botswana, so I get a kick out of all the similarities, but Derrick really enjoys them as well, so I read them to him when we travel. Makes for a great time together and a great way to make the trip go faster!