Monday, January 10, 2005

Full Cupboard of Life

Alexander McCall Smith has written a series of books set in Botswana, and involving The Ladies #1 Detective Agency. The characters are what drives each book, and the "mysteries" solved are intertwined with the several lives and dreams of the community and (what you swiftly think of as) our friends: Mma. Ramotswe, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, and various other recurring members of the city of Gaborone. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are both active in the detecting business when the clients come - and there are assorted problems to deal with, some lighter than others. The business is located since the fourth book, in the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, conveniently owned and operated by Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, who also happens to be Mma Ramotswe's fiance.

I can't do justice to these books. Mr. McCall Smith has conjured up a warm, human story line which still has my heart in this fifth book! As a matter of fact, there is a sixth book coming out shortly, and I am sure I will love that one as well.

Mr. McCall Smith is a Scot and a physician who has written many professional books, as well as many other books, and his writing is so far above the usual routine of so many series of "mysteries." He has lived a large part of his early life in Africa. The fabric of life in Botswana permeates every one of the books, and the love of Africa and her peoples shines through and gave me a picture of a fine set of folks who would be nice to be able to visit with.

Highly recommend especially for winter reading, the first is "The Ladies #1 Detective Agency."

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