'Oh yawn', you're probably thinking, 'another person's book review'. So before you all nod off I've just got time to say that I've found Alexander McCall Smith’s No1 ladies Detective Agency series a very enjoyable read. Friends loaned me the first four, introducing me to the culture, customs and landscape of a country I have never visited in a really charming way. While the main character in these stories is a woman, Ma Ramotswe, the novels are written by a man and
I wondered how many men enjoy reading them as much as we women do?
Then I got hooked. While the characters have their flaws they are very likeable and the solutions to the problems are dealt with in a decent, humane way, making the journey satisfyingly heart-warming. So far there are 11 books in the series, which admittedly could be seen as formulaic, but that is also part of their style, charm and appeal and it means you know you'll be in for a relaxing, often amusing read.
I also agree with Ma Ramotswe that Red bush tea is very refreshing. I adore Red Bush and Vanilla tea.
They are a 'Traditionally' Good Read and there's still two I have yet to enjoy: