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Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith
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Having just read Michael Connelly's Scarecrow, I have to laugh at the assignment of McCall Smith and Connelly both to the mystery section (at least in our library). Nothing terrible really happens to the honorable women of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Nobody slugs them into unconsciousness or otherwise attempts to deprive them of their civil liberties. Their mysteries don't embody the sadistic or nastily destructive acts of other detective fiction. The mysteries are ...well... ladylike.

That said, these light-hearted mysteries succeed because McCall Smith has assembled a likable cast of characters, rather like the people one invites into his living room via a well-liked sitcom. The humor is gentle; the puzzles the ladies solve acquire dimension in the course of the plot, and a trip to Botswana is informative and interesting in its own right.

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