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The Double Comfort Safari Club

by Alexander McCall Smith

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How does Alexander McCall Smith keep coming up with these story lines for the No. 1 Detective Agency? I have no idea, but I'm hoping he has plenty more to share with us. We are brought back to Botswana once again to watch Mma Makutsi and Mma Ramotswe solve mysteries in their common sense way.

The book opens with a strange incident encountered by J.L.B. Matekoni. As he travels to help a woman in need, he ponders many things along the way, as he usually does. When he arrives at his destination things seem out of place but he can't quite put his finger on it. He has suspicions and questions whether he should share his concerns with Mma Ramotswe. Deciding against it, he keeps the information to himself, not knowing that Mma Ramotswe with up to her elbows with the problem at hand.

I think the most significant part of this segment is the accident that cripples Phuti Radiphuti. As his relatives swoop in care for Phuti, at the same time they block Mma Makutsi from his life. Thankfully, with the help of Mma Ramotswe and other friends, Mma Makutsi is right back by Phuti's side where she belongs. I can't help but wonder if these two will ever get married in the future. You may laugh, but deep down I think I want to see Mma Makutsi and Charlie the apprentice get together...time will tell!

There is one main mystery that Mma Makutsi and Mma Ramotswe need to solve. The assignment sends them on their first overnight business trip together as they head to the wilderness and a safari. Their everyday lives could not have prepared them for the dangers of a safari, but luckily they come out unharmed. With themes of mystery and relationships you may enjoy this book as much as my book club did. I don't hesitate in recommending this book for either personal leisure or as a book club selection. ( )
  jo-jo | Aug 2, 2014 |
Not much detection and investigation in this installment of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, but a delightful read all the same. It's always enjoyable how everything gets tied up so neatly in the end, with nothing more than the laid back (traditional) Botswanan manner of sleuthing. ( )
  MomsterBookworm | Jul 14, 2014 |
I've read every No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency book, and this goes down as one of the best. Every new entry in the series feels much like I'd imagine a visit to Mma Ramotswe would. Sit back, enjoy a leisurely pot of tea, and just let the conversational storytelling wash over you. Nominally a mystery, by the time we're here in the eleventh book in the series, we know why we're really here: for another gentle, heartwarming visit to Botswana, and the characters we've come to know well. The Double Comfort Safari Club features what I think is one of the most beautiful passages in the entire series: watch for the scene in which Mma Makutsi takes shelter from a sudden storm and finds herself to be an unexpected guest in someone's home. Wonderful.
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  ksimon | Feb 6, 2014 |
Mma Ramotswe is once again called upon to settle life's difficulties for those around her. She must find a legatee, counsel her friend's marriage, deliver her assistant's fiance from the grasp of his number 1 Aunty and try to help a foolish man who has signed his house over to a gold-digger.
There is nothing soul-shattering or life changing in this story; yet it is full of gentle reminders of what matters in life, how we should behave to others and perspective on the odd behavior of people. I love it. ( )
  MrsLee | Jan 9, 2014 |
From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. As in 2009's Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, the previous entry in this beguiling, bestselling series, a personal crisis for one of the leads, rather than a mystery, drives the plot of Smith's superb 12th novel set in Botswana featuring his infinitely understanding sleuth, Precious Ramotswe. When a delivery truck backs into Phuti Radiphuti, the fiancé of Mma Ramotswe's prickly and insecure assistant, Grace Makutsi, and crushes his leg against a wall, Phuti's rude aunt won't allow Grace to visit her beloved in the hospital. Meanwhile, the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency tries to help the executor of an American woman, who wished to leave some money to a kind tour guide, but couldn't recall the guide's name. The resolution to the problem of another client, who was cheated out of his home by a gold-digger, might strike some as unduly fortuitous, but it makes sense within the framework of these books, which are more about humanity than logic. (Apr.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From Starred Review New challenges and an exciting adventure await Botswana lady detective Precious Ramotswe in this eleventh entry in the much-beloved series. As usual, there are multiple plotlines. There’s Mma Mateleke, who suspects her husband of being unfaithful (turns out, he harbors the same suspicions about her). Mr. Kereleng falls prey to the wiles of Violet Sephotho, who manipulated him into putting his house in her name. (Readers will remember Violet as the conniving classmate of Mma Makutsi at the Botswana Secretarial College, where Mma Makutsi earned an impressive 97 percent.) Mma Makutsi copes with bad news about her fiancé, Phuti Radiphuti, who undergoes a serious leg operation following an accident at his furniture store. A more pleasant assignment involves the search for a kindhearted safari guide, who was bequeathed a nice sum of money by an American tourist. This brings the two ladies to the stunning Okavango Delta, positively fraught with feral creatures. With snakes in abundance, proper footwear is a must, much to the delight of Mma Makutsi, who has a well-known weakness for new shoes. As always, wrongs are righted and all is resolved, thanks to the wit and wisdom of these two shrewd Mmas. Even after nearly a dozen installments, McCall Smith manages to keep his series engaging and fresh. Expect much demand: the release of a new No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novel is always cause for celebration among the author’s many fans. --Allison Block ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
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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.

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Traveling to northern Botswana where they are impressed by the natural beauty of the Okavango Delta, Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi visit a safari lodge where they encounter discontented locals and struggle with untimely wedding issues.

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