Denise Morland, June 14, 2010 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
If you have enjoyed the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency in the past, The Double Comfort Safari will not disappoint. The usual cast of characters make appearances and its like catching up with old friends. Trouble comes for Mme Makutsi in the form of a rude and overbearing aunt, and an adventure is in store when the agency must go on safari to find a lucky guide set to inherit a windfall. Still, with the proper shoes and a dose of Mme Ramotswe's practical sense all problems can solved.
Yes, the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency features unlikely mysteries, fortuitous coincidence, and neatly wrapped up endings. But you don't read them for the mystery, rather you read them for the comfort and solace of decent people doing the right thing, for the gentle humor, and the entertainment. Double Comfort Safari has all this in abundance with a safari adventure thrown in! I really enjoyed this book as I have enjoyed all of Mme Ramotswe's stories.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"As in 2009's Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, the previous entry in this beguiling, bestselling series, a personal crisis for one of the leads, rather than a mystery, drives the plot of Smith's superb 12th novel set in Botswana featuring his infinitely understanding sleuth, Precious Ramotswe. When a delivery truck backs into Phuti Radiphuti, the fianc of Mma Ramotswe's prickly and insecure assistant, Grace Makutsi, and crushes his leg against a wall, Phuti's rude aunt won't allow Grace to visit her beloved in the hospital. Meanwhile, the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency tries to help the executor of an American woman, who wished to leave some money to a kind tour guide, but couldn't recall the guide's name. The resolution to the problem of another client, who was cheated out of his home by a gold-digger, might strike some as unduly fortuitous, but it makes sense within the framework of these books, which are more about humanity than logic." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by USA Today,
"Wise and lovely."
by The Christian Science Monitor,
"Mma Ramotswe's observations not only inevitably expose her suspects, but also reveal much about humanity as a whole . . . [McCall Smith] is a master . . . There's beauty and revelation of one kind or another woven expertly into every line."
by Winston-Salem Journal,
"These novels . . . lift the spirits. They make the reader feel good — about life, the world, the basic decency of people . . . They are wise."
by The Plain Dealer,
"McCall Smith is a vivid observer and an elegant writer, honoring Botswanan customs and culture . . . Like the best traditions, this series is one we hope will endure."
by Random House,
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 their man, Precious begins to sense that something is not right. To make matters worse, shortly before their departure Mma Makutsi's fiance, Phuti Radiphuti, suffers a debilitating accident, and when his aunt moves in to take care of him, she also pushes Mma Makutsi out of the picture. Could she be trying to break up the relationship? Finally, a local priest and his wife independently approach Mma Ramotswe with concerns of infidelity, creating a rather unusual and tricky situation. Nevertheless, Precious is confident that with a little patience, kindness and good sense things will work out for the best, something that will delight her many fans.
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