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The Double Comfort Safari Club

(No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #11)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  17,125 ratings  ·  1,723 reviews
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 carr
Hardcover, 211 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Pantheon Books
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Petra X living life blissfully,not through books!
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
Fourth read:
I don't know what else to say about this series. I always enjoy these books. They make everything better. Books can be the cure for what ails you, and that's what these books are to me.

Third read:
I can't explain the feeling I get when I read these books. Looking forward to rereading the series until I come to the end, and can read the latest installment that was published last month. If you need a smile, and are interested in learning about another culture, and if you enjoy wonderf
May 14, 2010 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 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,
Una Tiers
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A gentle book to read in hard times. Visiting with the characters again is nice. I love his writing.
May 03, 2010 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
Jun 10, 2010 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
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: botswana, mystery
The two cases No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is working on are: (i) find a camp guide who had been kind to an American woman and has now inherited a lot of money, and (ii) help a man fooled by a woman, who has cheated him out of his inheritance, regain his money. Meanwhile, Phuti Radiphuti has had an accident and Mma Makutsi has to deal with the repercussions of it, as well as dealing with a recalcitrant and possessive aunt-in-law-to-be. Mma Ramotswe, on the other hand, has to confront the fact ...more
Feb 13, 2011 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.
Diana S
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
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 sen
Jim Leffert
Aug 02, 2010 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
Will Byrnes
Jun 03, 2010 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
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many great characters. Loved how Mma Potokwani dealt with the Phuti situation for Mma Makutsi. She is certainly a force to be reckoned with
Jammin Jenny
I really enjoyed this installment in the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Mma Ramotswe is involved in several cases in this story - finding a guide in a safari that has been given a legacy from an American tourist, looking into cases of infidelity, and helping her assistant when her fiancé has a terrible accident. Everything is solved in the end, and I love hearing about the landscape and culture of the people of Botswana. ...more
Mar 11, 2012 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
Mari Anne
May 22, 2010 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
Cheryl Fontes
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nice read ..😍
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I love the simplicity of this series. I love the writing and have become intrigued with Botswana. I’m looking forward to reading the next book.
Sep 04, 2013 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
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Apr 06, 2013 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
Jul 21, 2014 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,
Apr 19, 2010 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
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
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Perfect beach reading series. When you need a book that is light and fun and with delightful characters solving problems - making their slice of the world a better place. Like the iced vanilla frappuccino of books.
Feb 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
The quality of this unique, culturally interesting series is consistently high. Heartwarming stories, wonderful characters,and amazing settings make for a joyful reading experience!
Laura de Leon
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, mystery
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.
Donna LaValley
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I wasn't thinking of a 4-star rating until page 80 when that colorful villainess Violet Sephotho turns up. Now the book takes off, and the strands of mystery -the cases undertaken by The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency's Mma Precious Ramotswe and her assistant Grace Makutsi - grew some legs.

In this edition, Grace again encounters a rival for the affections, or at least the attentions, of her fiance Phuti Radiphuti, which adds
to the 3-case plot lines. People inquire about their respective spouse
Knut L.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Almost a Christmas film, as predictable, but wiser
This novel is almost exactly like the other novels from No 1 Ladies’ detective agency. The author did not, on purpose or by accident, make any changes in the story skeleton or the writing style from his previous detective books. There are four stories in one in this novel, and the four stories interchange, giving small cues to the solution of the mysteries whenever the story passes by one of the mysteries. However, each mystery is not seriously m
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a series that I ration, because the books are peaceful and enjoyable to read, not matter what my state of mind (or motivation to read). This volume is no different. I appreciated the change of scenery as Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi go out of town for a case, and I also enjoyed the development of Mma Makutsi's relationship. One of my favorite aspects of the series is the interspersed soliloquies on the joys of ordinary life--specifically, the life which one ...more
Donna Craig
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
These books are a unique pleasure, akin to lowering myself into a warm bath. Mma Ramotswe’s thoughts on life, the fun and funny adventures of the lady detectives, the quirky characters that fill this world...they all blend together to tell stories that, while mostly lacking in suspense, put me in the most wonderful state of mind. I hadn’t read a book from this series for a while, and I’m glad to be back in it. This story involves a tragic accident, difficulty with in-laws, a remote safari, and m ...more
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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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“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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