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The Double Comfort Safari Club (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Book 11)
 
 

The Double Comfort Safari Club (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Book 11) [Kindle Edition]

Alexander Mccall Smith
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* Mma Ramotswe's eleventh novel

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Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are called to a safari lodge in Botswana’s Okavango Delta to carry out a delicate mission on behalf of a former guest.



The Okavango makes Precious appreciate once again the beauty of her homeland: it is a paradise of teeming wildlife, majestic grasslands and sparkling water. However, it is also home to rival safari operators, fearsome crocodiles and disgruntled hippopotamuses. What’s more, Mma Makutsi still does not have a date for her wedding to Phuti Radiphuti and is feeling rather tetchy herself. But Precious knows that with a little patience, just as the wide river will gently make its way round any obstacle, so will everything work out for the best in the end . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 392 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (4 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00371V8ZK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith has turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over sixty books on a wide array of subjects, and his books have been translated into forty-two languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife.


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104 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, warm and fuzzy novel 4 Mar 2010
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This is the 11th installment in Alexander McCall Smith's enchanting and uplifting series about a female detective living in Botswana. It is not necessary to have read ALL the other books in the series, but if you haven't read any, this is probably not the best place to start.

The structure is very similar to others in the series, with the familiar cast of characters appearing. There are essentially four interwoven storylines. Mma Makutsi's fiance Mr Phuti Radiphuti is in an accident and she clashes with his aunt over who should nurse him back to health. Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe has several cases on the go. She is asked to investigate whether a husband is being unfaithful, to assist another man who has been swindled out of his money and travels with Mma Makutsi to the Okavango Delta to track down a safari guide who has been left some money in a will. However the storylines often take a backseat to discussions about teapots, new boots and the merits of the new blue van.

The book opens with Mr J L B Matekoni musing about road rage and the futility of reacting to it and it ends with Mma Ramotswe musing about how to lead a good life. "Do not complain about your life. Do not blame others for things that you have brought upon yourself. Be content with who you are and where you are, and do whatever you can to bring to others such contentment, and joy, and understanding that you have managed to find yourself."

It's a lovely, warm and fuzzy novel that lives up in every way to the others in this gorgeous series.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our favourite novelist does it again 8 Mar 2010
Format:Hardcover
Our favourite novelist has done it again - another magnificent Ramotswe novel. Seldom is no.2 as good as no.1, but in this case no.11 is as good as the previous ten, and all the wonderful cast of characters whom we have come to love are back and with as much enjoyment as ever.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lions and people 8 Mar 2010
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Precious Ramotswe has several interesting cases to deal with in this latest story from Botswana. There is her friend the midwife who wonders whether her husband is having an affair; the unexpected commission from America which involves her going to a safari camp to track down a guide; and her own assistant Grace Makutsi has a problem when her fiancé is injured.

As usual, common sense and old fashioned values are essential in solving the various problems. In between interesting observations on human nature Precious reflects on the beauty of her own country and the way the old fashioned values still prevail with most people. Even in her husband's garage business the unruly apprentices are calming down as they get older and more experienced at their jobs.

I love the gentle humour of this series and the way Mma Ramotswe triumphs in the end through sheer perseverance and good humour and how she steers her prickly assistant in the right direction without offending her. There are lessons for all of us in this low key novel. Very enjoyable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"Traditionally built," and focused on the traditional values of Gaborone, Botswana, where she runs the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Mma Precious Ramotswe is genuinely "nice"-always believing in the goodness inherent in even the most challenging adversary, sympathetic without being a pushover, and thoughtful and intuitive in sniffing out the motives of her clients. As relaxed and considerate as the society she appears to represent, Mma Ramotswe believes that almost any problem can be made better if it is discussed over a cup of bush tea. In this novel, the twelfth in the series, Mma Ramotswe continues to rely on her understanding of human nature and her ability to communicate to solve her clients' problems.

She also relies on her coterie of friends and acquaintances-Mma Grace Makutsi, her homely assistant, still not married to furniture store owner Phuti Radiphuti; Mr. Polopetsi, the "unqualified assistant" to her mechanic husband Mr. J. L. B. Matekone; and Mma Potokwami, the demanding woman who runs the orphan farm, where Mma Ramotswe's adopted children once lived. Once again, too, Violet Sephotho, the one character for whom it is difficult to find redeeming qualities, is creating serious problems by bewitching gullible men.

Four revolving plot lines keep the reader involved and often amused: Mma Ramotswe's husband suspects that one of his customers may be having an affair, but before long, that same woman appears in Mma Ramotswe's office, wanting help because she believes that her husband may be unfaithful. While this story is unfolding, Mma Ramotswe receives a letter from a lawyer in the US, telling her that an elderly woman who had been on a safari to the Okavango delta four years ago is now "late," and that she has left a sizable inheritance to an unknown camp guide.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars comfortable or not? 9 April 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of McCall Smith's No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. I have always felt that the author captured the "voice" of his subjects perfectly, down to the nuance and unique inflections that are completely African. The warmth, humour, sense of values and pride of country that McCall Smith's characters display in such a convincing way are things that bring positive reinforcement to the African image.

I must admit that I was slightly disappointed with "the double comfort safari club". That authentic "African voice" seems to have been somewhat lost here, with the characters slipping in and out of colloquial sounding English. The book also read, to me, that it was slightly rushed and so didn't really tug at many emotive strings in this reader as the previous book had. Maybe this was something to do with the content as well, which didn't draw me in too much.

I really hope that McCall Smith is not losing steam with Mma Ramotswe and her ilk, though. It is rare that such gems of books with African subjects become popular on a global scale and it would be a shame to lose the "magic" and appeal that made this series a worldwide favourite.
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