Happy Saturday Ladies!
Detracting a little from beauty stories this weekend, I so enjoyed this series of books that I wanted to tell you about them.
I came across this series of books while shopping online at Book Depository and purchased The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency on a bit of a whim. Its the first of a series of books set in Botswana, Africa (so exotic!). Written by Alexander McCall Smith, this is the first in a series of books featuring the same protagonist – Mma Precious Ramotswe.
Mma Precious Ramotswe is a female private detective and the first book tells of how she sold the cows left behind by her late father to start up her agency, aptly titled “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency”. The language and plot is kept very simple and it is simply a quick entertaining read, with one underlying main storyline interspersed with some short excerpts.
I enjoyed it, and the insight into the everyday life of a Botswana woman in relatively traditional Africa and its a refreshing departure from reading books set in the more modern West or books with complex plots. Some days, you just need to read for entertainment sake, and not to tax your mind and on those days, this series is perfect. Granted, I started reading this book after plodding through a Scandinavian novel by Jo Nesbo which was really tough going so this one was a very refreshing change.
I enjoyed it so much, I ordered almost all the rest of the books in the 12 book series :) Well, all those on offer anyway and I’m waiting for them to arrive… one at a time… ;)
For some reason, some of the books are on offer on BookDepository.com for just under US$5 and since its free delivery, I thought it an excellent deal! (In fact, this first book is only $4.81 for now if you’d like to take a chance on it)
I’m waiting for the rest not on offer now, to go on offer in the future so I can complete my collection. Or I might have to suck it up and get it soon anyway. I have a thing for ensuring that series I enjoy reading come in a full set of matching covers or from the same publishing house :P
If you do get this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I’m not sure if its available locally. I haven’t stepped into our local bookstores in ages. Not since I discovered how easy it is to shop my books (and ensure I get the titles I want) online. If you have seen this do share where you have – someone might find it useful.
Enjoy the weekend everyone!
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