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

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  13,704 Ratings  ·  1,546 Reviews

Fans around the world adore the best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma  Ramotswe—with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi—navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional
Paperback, 211 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Anchor (first published 2010)
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Petra X
Apr 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
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
Second read:
It's happened. I've come full circle with this series this calendar year. I've read them all, this one twice, and already started on the next. I can't get enough of them, or of the wisdom and wildness of Botswana. Long live Alexander McCall Smith and his wonderful pen!

First read:
I absolutely love Alexander McCall Smith. If you find yourself in a difficult period, and want some assurance that there is kindness in the world, pick up any of his books and sink in to the happiness. And I'
May 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Una Tiers
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gentle book to read in hard times. Visiting with the characters again is nice. I love his writing.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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,
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
Apr 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura de Leon
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audiobook
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.
Deborah Crowdy
NOT his best.
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.
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book just as I have all the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books. They are gentle books - not gripping crime novels. These are more like glimpses into the lives of friends. I cannot recommend highly enough.
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 carry out a delicate mission on behalf of a former guest who has left one of the guides a large sum of money. But once they find t
P.D.R. Lindsay
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites

‘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
An Odd1
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun
As always, by slowly sipping bush tea, and thoughtfully considering human frailties, Precious mends personal troubles. She works out how to benefit two excellent safari guides with one American's bequest, help Grace work while taking care of her recuperating injured fiancé from his jealous selfish Aunty, save a Reverend from his wife's false accusation of cheating, return houses that foolish men signed over to Grace's old nemesis, seductive Violet.
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
Aug 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Timons Esaias
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are lots of cases going on, and some real tragedy, in this 11th entry in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, The Double Comfort Safari Club. A bequestee needs to be found, a husband investigated, a house recovered, a fiancé defended and various snakes dealt with. Mma Ramotswe brings her resources to bear, but she is not the only person trying to make life better for others. This novel is full of charm, and gentleness, and exhortations to patience and kindness.

On pages 38 and 39 I fo
May 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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'
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.” 65 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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