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

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Readers will agree that this touching and dramatic new installment in Alexander McCall Smith’s beloved and best-selling series is the finest yet. In this story, Precious Ramotswe deals with issues of mistaken identity and great fortune against the beautiful backdrop of Botswana’s remote and striking Okavango Delta.

Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi head to a safari camp to carry
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Pantheon (first published 2010)
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Petra X
May 05, 2015 Petra X rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
I am beginning to weary of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books. The writing is as good as ever, McCall has his own distinctive style - warm, compassionate and almost childlike, but the series has deteriorated into a serial. I suppose it was bound to happen, the endless repetitions about exactly who Mma Ramotswe (and her long-late father, Obed), Mma Makutsi, Mr. J.L.B. Makatoni, Mma Pokowane and the evil Violet Sephotho could not go on and this book has revealed nothing new about them at all ...more
Dec 09, 2010 Barb rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I cannot say enough about Alexander McCall Smith's writing style. Gentle, humorous, touching, and drawing true to life pictures of the human condition. Sometimes I cannot believe he is not a woman - he seems to have fully identified how women think and he amazes me. I crave a trip to Botswana because he has sold the country to me so completely. I cannot say this series is for everyone. It is gentle, real and poignant. It has little action, the mysteries are of the human nature kind and this may ...more
Jul 18, 2010 Sue rated it it was amazing
I love the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and I was excited to read this newest edition. The pace of life is slow and pleasant in the stories and the main character, Precious Ramotswe, tries so hard to always be kind and help other people. My favorite passage from the book:
"Having the right approach to life was a great gift in this life. Her father, the late Obed Ramotswe, had always had the right approach to life--she was sure of that. And for a moment, as she sat there with her friend,
Thomas Strömquist
Very happy to find that this late in the series, the books are this good! This is actually even among the best, with just the right amount of "comfortable" mysteries, challenging complications and emotional turmoil.

One thing that always surprises me: even when reading books where the weather or climate is a large part of the storyline, I often forget and tend to see stories unraveling where I am myself at the moment. Then something happens that reminds me: "right, it's snow" or the like. Never
Jun 11, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books are like a breath of fresh air. Each one is so well written, so poignant and charming, so easy to read; that I'm always done before I know it. Even as I crack open each book, I am sad because I know that all too soon, the story will be over. I just cannot slow myself down, or stop myself from reading, and in a few hours it's all over, and I'm left yearning for the next one.
Alexander McCall Smith is one of my favorite authors because he can say so much wi
May 03, 2010 Deb rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-books-read
"Be content with who you are and where you are, and do whatever you can do to bring to others such contentment, and joy, and understanding that you have managed to find yourself." Armed with this advice from her father, and her red bush tea, Mma Ramotswe again brings order and peace to her corner of Botswana. In this installment, Mma Makutsi's fiance has suffered a horrible accident and has been "kidnapped" by his aunt who is determined to keep Grace away from her nephew. Mma Ramotswe has been a ...more
Jim Leffert
Aug 02, 2010 Jim Leffert rated it liked it
This is the 11th in this hugely successful and charming series about Mma. Ramotswe and her Number One Ladies Detective Agency in Gaborone, Botswana. The biggest mystery in this series is, how does this Scottish male author manage to convey so insightfully a feminine sensibility?

In this volume, Mma Ramotswe again copes with the prickly personality of her right hand woman, Grace Makutsi. After Grace’s fiancé is badly injured, she loses contact with him as he recuperates under the watchful eye of
Feb 14, 2011 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whilst I am always on a mission to ensure that anyone who has yet to read one of these books goes away to try one immediately, I have come to realise that they're not everyone's cup of tea. I love them. I have loved them from the first moment I discovered them, and they never disappoint me. I feel safe when I read them. I feel happy. I feel optimistic. And those are very important feelings to have not just when you're reading but in life generally.
This latest in the series didn't disappoint me.
Apr 20, 2012 Ainsley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
I recommend the audio book for this one, which is how I read this book. I don't know if I would've finished or liked it much if I had read it myself.

This book is full of character development more than cases, and while that's true of all of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, this book drags a bit more than usual. McCall Smith tries some different stylings at the beginnings-writing from the point of JLB Matekoni, for instance-which are interesting, I guess. I like how he has developed Mma
Will Byrnes
Oct 09, 2013 Will Byrnes rated it liked it
There are mysteries to be solved, and obstacles to be overcome. Grace Makutsi’s fiancée is seriously injured in a bad accident, and a relative is trying to wrest him away from her while he recovers. Precious looks into a possible case of infidelity and travels north with Mma Makutsi to track down the beneficiary of a will. Makutsi’s shoes become more voluble, which is intensely charming. Number 11 in the series continues Smith’s gentle tales of Botswana. If the prior ten volumes in this series w ...more
Diana S
I just love reading about Mma Precious Ramotswe adventures with her assistant Grace Makutsi’.
This time there is a midwive and her hanky panky.
A man who got tricked out of his house by the infamous Violet Sephotho. The safari trip to find a guide (eeck! lions, hippos, and crocodiles, have goose-bumps, up & down my arms just thinking about it).
and lets not forget Mma Makutsi's finance. His 1st Auntie won't let Grace see him after he got out of the hospital.
And then Mma Ramotswe uses her common
Aug 02, 2014 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, africa
A step up from the last book in the series; you feel that Smith is back on solid ground with this instalment. THE DOUBLE COMFORT SAFARI CLUB consists of more of the same from the popular author, with detective Mma Ramotswe and her assistant solving more cases, many of which have a bearing on the human condition.

The author mixes up the action a little here by throwing in a surprising twist or two (involving a character suffering a life-changing injury) and relocating the action, in part at least,
Sep 04, 2013 Laurel rated it really liked it
This is the eleventh instalment in the series of fourteen books written by Alexander McCall Smith, but only the second that I have read and enjoyed. Mma Precious Ramotswe is back as the detective dealing with a variety of cases, ranging from infidelity to finding an unknown recipient of a bequest left by a beneficent American tourist who enjoyed a safari in the lush but dangerously wild Delta region. Additionally, she must support her assistant, the headstrong and opinionated Grace Makutski, who ...more
Mari Anne
May 25, 2010 Mari Anne rated it it was ok
Sadly I think this series has run its course... at least for me. I ended up skimming most of this book. It seemed like about 75% of it was the author having his characters thoughts trail off in the middle of a conversation into some totally unrelated area. It was distracting to the plot and totally bogged down the whole book. Most of it could have been edited out and the plot wouldn't have suffered at all. In a nutshell there wasn't much action and very little plot in this one. Most of the chara ...more
May 03, 2010 Sue rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
The books in this series always calm me, and make me appreciate the beauty of different things in life - good writing, wise sayings, nature around us, having wise parents... the list goes on.
I don't know how the author manages to continue the excellence book after book, but I am continually impressed by it.
There was one plot twist that was a shocker to me, but I liked it, and it took the rest of that subplot onto a hilarious and exciting path.
My favorite part was the ending. I LOVED how the supp
Laura de Leon
Nov 03, 2015 Laura de Leon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audiobook
The narrator for this audiobook pushes it up to 4 stars-- He voice makes the names and the setting come alive. The book was fun, and it was nice visiting these characters after a fairly long break.
Deborah Crowdy
May 11, 2010 Deborah Crowdy rated it it was ok
NOT his best.
Diane Yannick
Apr 14, 2014 Diane Yannick rated it really liked it
Reading this detective series always makes me happy. I look forward to getting to spend time with these characters and am never disappointed with the visit. The setting is magnificent Botswana which I always want to visit after reading one of these books. Life there is slow paced and full of little mysteries for Precious Ramotswe, our "traditionally built" detective to solve. Using her compassion, intuition and common sense, Precious solves problems so that the outcome rarely hurts anyone. Just ...more
Book Concierge
Apr 06, 2013 Book Concierge rated it really liked it
Book on CD narrated by Lisette Lecat

In this 11th installment in the popular No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, we find Mma Precious Ramotswe faced once again with some people who are behaving very badly. A married couple each suspects the other of infidelity, and a kind man is in the clutches of the beautiful but wicked Violet Sephotho. The agency must also try to find the safari guide to whom an American lady has left a legacy – without the name of the guide or even of the particular camp at
Adriane Devries
Aug 14, 2011 Adriane Devries rated it liked it
Precious Ramatswe, chief detective of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency of Gararone, Botswana, Africa, has a thriving business. All-too familiar with the detective needs of people worried about the fidelity of their spouses, she is nonetheless confounded with a new predicament: that of detecting for a close friend, a big no-no according to the esteemed tome, The Principles of Private Detection, by Clovis Anderson, who warns that this leads to favoring the friend’s perspective, however skewed it ...more
May 13, 2011 Brandy rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this as a first reads book. I have only read the first book in this series besides this one.

I first heard about this series from some friends who raved about it. I picked up the first book and read it but couldn't understand what all the fuss was about. It was ok but not amazing. I never got around to reading another book in the series. Then when I saw this one as a first reads book I thought I would enter to give this series another chance if I won.

I still wasn't overly impressed. I don'
Aug 11, 2010 Aaron rated it really liked it
Grace Makutsi seems to take on a starring role in the newest No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novel. With the start of the novel, Mma Makutsi learns that her fiancé, Phuti Radihuti, has had an accident and will have to have his leg amutated. All of this is traumatic enough, but it becomes even more difficult as Phuti's aunt won't allow her to come to visit him, even though they are to be wed shortly. The aunt, who is being protective, thinks she has the right to do so because Mma Makutsi and Phuti ...more
Apr 12, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing
This is the eleventh installment of Alexander McCall Smith's wonderful No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. As with previous volumes, there is always a professional case and a personal crisis, to both of which Precious Ramotswe applies her practical wisdom. In this book, the agency is hired to track down an employee of a safari outfit to receive a small legacy from a grateful former guest, and Mma Makutsi’s wedding plans are being thwarted by her fiancé’s controlling aunt.

I love this series so
Dec 30, 2011 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the talking book version of The Double Comfort Safari Club, the 11th in the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of the best detective agency in Botswana, is kept busy with fraudulent fiancées, adulterous (or not) part-time reverends, jealous aunties and American legacies. Grace Makutsi’s well-ordered life is thrown into disarray when her fiancé, Phuti Radiphuti, suffers a nasty accident; Violet Sephotho is up to new tricks that ...more
P.D.R. Lindsay
Mar 21, 2013 P.D.R. Lindsay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites

‘The Double Comfort Safari Club’ is the latest novel in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. Unlike some authors McCall Smith can write a series where each novel satisfies the reader-fans, and his main characters grow and develop in ways that are in character, understandable and yet surprising. It takes real skill to write like that.

Why the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency in remote Botswana should have such universal appeal is a mystery. No sex, no violence, no weird sects, perverts, spies
Jul 24, 2010 Natalie rated it really liked it
One of my favorite things about this series is how Alexander McCall Smith makes observations about human experience, human nature & emotion that are written so poetically. This book has a lot of little stories within the larger story & Smith is such a charming story teller. I also love how he is expanding literary archetypes to include all these realistic, funny, lovable African characters & some villains! The newest addition: the grouchy aunt of Phuti Radiphuti.

P.S. I just watched t
Apr 29, 2014 Sue rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, africa, botswana
The cases in this installment involve an American who has left money to a safari tour guide, a couple who independently seek Mma Ramotswe's help thinking the other spouse is having an affair, and a man who bought a house and put it in the name of his fiancé and now wants the house back. As for the regular character's, Mma Makutsi's fiancé Phuti Radiphuti is seriously injured and is recovering at an aunt's house. The aunt refuses to allow Grace to see Phuti.
Here at #11 in the series, I've decid
Donna Watkins
Jul 25, 2013 Donna Watkins rated it really liked it
The No. 1 Detective Agency novels are like little sweets - tender and delicious. These stories are all about the characters, with plots that meander slowly all over the place. There is a very real sense of place in this series - you really feel the heat of Botswana as you read and vicariously enjoy the refreshment of a cup red bush tea savored in the shade along with Mma Ramotswe. There is such a sense of respect for the people and the locale that the reader can't help but be drawn into their da ...more
Jul 12, 2015 Crystal rated it it was amazing
I love these books. The detective, Mma Ramotswe, helps others to solve their problems through her wisdom, insight, and kindness. They are not filled with typical stories of murder, mayhem, and anger, but with simpler problems that reflect the simpler life of Botswana. I think that' why I like them - they are a refreshing change of pace and filled with astute observations of human nature.
May 27, 2010 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Another gentle novel with three or four subplots (infidelity, a clever lawyer who saves a house sale, and a legacy for a respectful safari guide), but the main plot concerns how Grace Makutsi's fiance, Phuti, is almost hijacked by his aunt. A new area of Botswana is introduced, the Okavango Delta, a beautiful area not known to most Batswanas. I wonder where we could find red bush tea? I like McCall Smith's regard for the traditionally built woman, common sense values (in the form of Precious Ram ...more
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“Be content with who you are and where you are, and do whatever you can do to bring to others such contentment, and joy, and understanding that you have managed to find yourself.” 59 likes
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“Having the right approach to life was a great gift in this 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 do to bring to others such contentment, and joy, and understanding that you have managed to find yourself…You can do that in the company of an old friend—you can close your eyes and think of the land that gave you life and breath, and of all the reasons why you are glad that you are there, with the people you know, with the people you love.”
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