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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
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Sep 30, 09

bookshelves: adult-fiction, contemporary, mystery, series
Read in September, 2009

Much more delightful than I expected. I'm not really into big name, consistent bestsellers, so when I actually enjoyed this one I was very surprised. I'm still a little hesitant about a white male author writing the African woman's experience, though. Despite this, I found Mma Ramotswe to be a clever, sensitive, and thoughtful character. The mysteries were sweet little adventures (with the exception of the major one that she solves) that showed off humankind's silly quirks for greed, dishonesty, jealousy and more. Overall, this is much better written than the average NY Times bestselling book.

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Sarah If you try any others in the series, I highly recommend the audio versions. The narrator is fantastic! I can't even read "Mma Ramotswe" without hearing her voice in my head.

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