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

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THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY - Book 11
Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the basis of the HBO TV show, and its proprietor Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, and good humor--not to mention help from her loyal...more
Hardcover, 211 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Pantheon Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Petra X
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
Sue
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,...more
Barbara
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
Amy
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...more
Deb
"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
Ruth
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....more
Jim Leffert
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...more
Ainsley
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...more
Will Byrnes
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
Diane Yannick
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
Laurel
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
Sue
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...more
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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...more
Adriane Devries
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
Brandy
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'...more
Aaron
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
Emily
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...more
Marianne
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

‘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...more
Natalie
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...more
Mari Anne
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
Donna Watkins
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
Kathleen
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
Sallie
I'm not sure amazing is the right term, but I loved it not 'really liked it', so this book gets a 5 star rating from me. IIRC, I wasn't fond of a couple of books in the midst of this series, but these last two (and I have 2 later ones to read) were just delightful, and I thoroughly enjoyed them both. I so want someone like Mma Ramotswe in my life to talk to when I need someone to just listen to me - my mom was that person for 52 years of my life, and I miss her daily. Nobody has really filled th...more
Nancy
Double Comfort Safari Club is rather like all the other books in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, perhaps a bit too much like all the rest. Not much really happens. Coincidences save the day and much time is spent on simple conversations that don't advance the plot. I found other books in this series a refreshing change from other conventional mystery patterns. If you haven't read many books in this series, this one may do the same for you. If you have read several, this might be just...more
Carol
The Double Comfort Safari Club is, I believe, a superb summer read. There’s a little mystery, several chuckles, a few snorts, a large dollop of satisfaction, a sob of grief, and beautiful words like quietude. When is the last time you’ve read quietude? It’s light reading that nourishes and feeds.

There is a moment that capsizes me. It’s when I read a phrase or paragraph that so perfectly captures what I’ve always known, but rediscover as though it is a new truth through the author’s description....more
Alex
Set in Botswana the lead character "investigates" various events (or rather allows them to proceed....). All rather genteel and twee; seemingly lacking any real plot or great spark of interest.
However it does offer some insights and observations about the world around us and particularly about different characters.
I liked the following: "Love without freedom is like a fire without air". Strange how the most stern character in the book - the uber-traditional Mma Potokwai comes out to have an abu...more
Tara
I love Precious Ramotswe and Botswana. This book, as the others in the past have been, is filled with hilariously simple and insightful views on humanity. There are very few good books , as in happy and virtuous, being published these days. But Alexander McCall Smith has given us the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency to remedy that. Whenever I close the back cover on a book in this series, I feel happier about life and filled with hope. Shouldn't that be the measure of a good book?
Verona
I was so delighted to find that Alexander McCall Smith had written another in this series because I love them so much. What refreshing fiction! The stories the author tells are true to life, educating us to life in Botswana, Africa, and to human nature. The characters are so endearing, so real, so wise. This was another enjoyable book to listen to and hear the authentic accent of the people of Africa through the narrator. I loved the experiences provided in this novel.
Gina
She closed her eyes. 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." It was good to read another No.1 Ladies Detective Agency book. I hope I don't take such a long bread before my next in the series. Thanks for the introduction to Alexander McCall Eeee!
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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. He was born in what...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.” 45 likes
“(Mma Ramotswe thinking about what her father taught her…)

“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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