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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
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Apr 28, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, audiobooks
Read in April, 2008

Really enjoyed this. The first chapter was a classic Agatha Christie-style mystery, but since then the author has turned back to clock to introduce us to Mma Ramotswe's father and childhood in Botswana. An unconventional start to a typical detective story, but then again, Mma Ramotswe is an unconventional detective.

The larger mystery arc is a bit dark, but provides a nice contrast to the more frivolous cases. And McCall Smith does a wonderful job of providing glimpses of everyday life in Botswana.

Great experience as an audiobook; Lisette Lecat is a fantastic narrator. I'll read the next book in the series the "old fashioned" way, though, just to compare. I hope the humor and poignancy come across on the page as well as they do in Lecat's narration.
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Raffaella I really enjoyed this book. I've read a couple of the series and they're fun. I see you like mystery novels too...


Sarah I'm relatively new to the mystery genre, but it's my new favorite escapist lit. Used to be soap operas and romance novels... now it's CSI and Mma Ramotswe!


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