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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, warm and fuzzy novel, 4 Mar. 2010
This review is from: The Double Comfort Safari Club (No 1 Ladies Detective Agency) (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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Initial post: 9 Mar 2010 23:26:30 GMT
Nick Brett says:
TWELVE? You are reviewer number TWELVE???
Congratulations from a bitter and twisted number 72. But you do deserve it.
Nick

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Mar 2010 23:36:28 GMT
Julia Flyte says:
I know, I just saw that and thought I must be hallucinating. I knew those mushrooms at dinner last night tasted a bit off. Julia

Posted on 15 Jul 2010 21:31:33 BDT
Queen Bee says:
Methinks this review is a bit of a spoiler. The stories are so short and simple one could very easily refrain from buying this book and just stick with reading your review.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2010 02:56:18 BDT
Julia Flyte says:
Sorry you feel this way. I don't give away how any of the plotlines are resolved (nor really disclose anything more than is written on the book's dustjacket). I don't think that the storylines are really the point in this series anymore. It's more about the individuals, the setting and the general philosophy of life.
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