The Double Comfort Safari Club
The New No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel
By Alexander Mccall Smith
(Pantheon, Hardcover, 9780375424502, 224pp.)
Publication Date: April 20, 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Book 11
Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the basis of the HBO TV show, and its proprietor Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, and good humor—not to mention help from her loyal assistant, Grace Makutsi, and the occasional cup of tea.
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 fiancé, 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.
Alexander McCall Smith is also the author of the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland. Visit his website at www.alexandermccallsmith.com.
Priase for The Number One Ladies' Detective Agency series:
“Wise and lovely.”
“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.”
—The Christian Science Monitor
“These novels . . . lift the spirits. They make the reader feel good—about life, the world, the basic decency of people . . . They are wise.”
— Winston-Salem Journal
“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.”
—The Plain Dealer
“Alexander McCall Smith has been delighting audiences for years with his charming, gentle novels.”
—The Grand Rapids Press
“As pleasing as a cup of red bush tea.”