I’m a total fan of the No 1 Ladies Detective agency books! I’ve been reading them as they came out in the US since 2002 or something. This is one of the few authors I tend to buy no matter what I’m in the middle of – even a Cormoran Strike book – which is what happened.
A Song of Comfortable Chairs:
No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
by Alexander McCall Smith
Read by Lisett Lecat 9h 52m
Rating – 10 / for love and enjoyment
These books are so good for my spirits and sometimes I laugh out loud and that happened more than a few times in c
The series is about gentle people in Botswana doing and concerned with other mostly very good people but often flawed. They’re concerned with things like manners, propriety and Botswanan traditions coming up against the themes of the 21st century like many women’s issues, city life, Christian ethics, marriage, going on into corruption, smuggling, etc. These are NOT murder mysteries in the conventional sense of the genre.
Precious Ramatswe is the protagonist while a woman named Grace Makutsi is her kind of side-kick – her assistant at the detective agency which Precious started in the first book. The series is more about how those two get on resolving personal issues in life than it is about any crimes although that’s what binds the stories.
The setting is Gabarone, the capital of Botswana, which has its own contemporary problems of rime, disease, immigration, corruption, etc.
And I came to love Lisett Lecat as the reader/narrator. She was the voice of Mmes Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi etc. She was replaced for #s 21 and 22 but she’s back for #23! Yay!
My mother’s favourite author, in her old age.