Almost half way through and really enjoying this. Easy read however offering food for thought.
And here it is - contents revealed. Any comments on the books therein appreciated. #bookbox
(Day 22 - #AfricanLady)
*Are there any Precious Ramotswe lovers out there (besides me, of course)? I love, love, love these books, plus I also loved the HBO show starring Jill Scott & Anika Noni Rose. Honk if you love Botswana‘s most revered lady detective!! ♥️
Finally decided to tackle this series on audiobook. Love the narrator!
Finally read this modern classic. Found it similar to the Isabel Dalhousie series in the middle-aged female perspective, the slower pace, similar multiple small story arcs, and the unique vocations of the characters. McCall Smith certainly has a type!
I enjoyed the book generally but nothing felt really special to me, except for Precious‘s strength, forthrightness, and her cleverness.
I am re-reading Jane Austen novels for the first part of the year with the #ArdentlyAustenBookClub I decided to read more diverse books in between. I had heard great things about this series, but it was not as clever as I had hoped. It is set in a culture I am not familiar with though, which was my aim.
I gave it three stars on goodreads.
Precious and I, along with @whatsthEstorey, are keeping the kiddo company in the gym tonight. I‘m worn out just watching her! 😓 Trying to check another off the #booked2019 winter season before it ends Sunday!
What a treat this card was Elisabeth! I love getting to know you so well & you‘re right, we have so much in common! 💕 I‘ll be sending some #litsylove back your way shortly! 😍📚❤️
Great book. Mma Ramotswe opens her own private detective agency and solves the crimes of her African city. She finds that a woman's missing husband ran off with a church and was eaten by a crocodile while being baptized. She finds that a doctor who is incompetent half the time, endangering the lives of patients, and brilliant the rest of the time is not on drugs but has been switching places with his twin. Plus a child stolen by a witch doctor.
He's guilty, she thought. I was right all along. Of course he can't go to the police and tell them that his stolen car has been stolen.
It was curious how some people had a highly developed sense of guilt, she thought, while others had none. Some people would agonise over minor slips or mistakes on their part, while others would feel quite unmoved by their own gross acts of betrayal or dishonesty.
He was undoubtedly one of the wealthiest men in the country, if not the wealthiest, but amongst the Botswana this counted for little, as none of the money had gone into cattle, and money which was not invested in cattle, as everybody knew, was but dust in the mouth.
First book done! This is a short little book about a woman in Botswana who starts up her own detective agency and doing what women do best: snooping and out smarting. Nothing too crazy, but was a sweet little read.
✔ #booked2019 prompt: Woman detective
✔ #pop19: Amateur woman detective
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
I enjoyed this, which is good since I already have the next 4 haha. A little bit more vignette-style than I was expecting; there was a connecting through-line but there was multiple little cases. I'm used to the episodic style where there is one case per book pretty much. That's not a criticism at all, it worked, just my reaction. I'm looking forward to the next books!
Cozy mystery for #booked2018
For the sheer mentions of bush tea alone, this was a perfect #BeauTEAfulBooks selection!! And though it was also on my TBR for a while, I must admit that it didn‘t really live up to my expectations... it‘s more a novel of vignettes than a truly linear story so I preferred listening and #AudioColoring than actually reading it!
I have read every one of these books published (new one coming soon). These books develop the main characters and each book focuses on one or two mysteries to solve. Set in Botswana, we see the beautiful simple life of Precious Ramatswe and her prickly assistant Mm. Mikutza. These books will lower your blood pressure with their slow, relaxed pace. They can be surprisingly funny and sometimes move you to tears.
Bounties from Ireland are the best!
I listened to this one in audio, and I think I would have liked it better if i had gone into it with no expectations. It was cute, but with the word detective in the title I kind of expected more mystery. There were investigations, but not a mystery that the book was set around. I know it is a series so I'm wondering if the first book is just setting up for future mysteries by introducing the setting and the characters. Not for me.
Instead of “Scandi Noir” it looks like we‘ll be getting some “Scandi Blanc” from Alexander McCall Smith!
1. Discworld, also the series I've tagged. Could do with more in Discworld
2. Mortal instruments. By far the WORST BOOK I've read.
3. Depends if I think my friend will like it or not !
4. No I don't. I prefer selecting my books and reading at my own pace !
How I‘m spending the Polar Vortex.
How are you other Britons dealing?
1. I‘ve always loved to travel. The tagged book made me want to visit Botswana. Someday...
2. Yosemite National Park
3. Would love to tour continental Europe. Also an Alaska cruise has been on the wish list for many years—may get to go soon!
4. It just depends. Both have advantages!
5. Both! 😋🍨🍦
Congrats to @TK421 for the Litsy Milestone! 🏆 Thank you for the generous giveaway!
Mma Ramotswe and friends in this series always make me feel better. I refer to them as comfort reads. They acknowledge the challenges & evil that exists in the world, but inevitably come full circle to affirm what is right & good in life. #10kgiveaway
One last book post before I head to bed!!! This is a short but worthwhile read I heard. My friend loves this entire series and is talking about it all the time. I‘m looking forward to digging into it! 📚
I work in a used bookstore and this is the only book I'm buying today. I feel like I should get a gold star! Lol! This will be good for my around the world reading.
#febinBooks18 New auto-buy #author
I rarely buy books for myself and if I do, it's by #AlexanderMccallSmith especially the Mma Ramotswe series without any hesitation. And Goodreads proves he's my most-read writer
“She felt terribly sorry for people who suffered from constipation, and she knew that there were many who did. There were probably enough of them to form a political party- but what would such a party do if it was in power? Nothing, she imagined. It would try to pass legislation, but would fail.”
Oh Mma Ramotswe, the way you think cracks me up. Look out Sherlock! There‘s a lady Detective in town! 🤣🤣 🚫💩
I was working at my first job at a bookstore when this book came out, but I had never read it. My mom requested a list of “clean” books and this was on a goodreads list, so I told her we should both read it. I finished it the next evening, and she had yet to download it :) I found it to be a quirky, quick read and I‘ve already requested the 2nd book from the library!
There are a couple little free libraries I can pass on my lunchtime walk at work. Snagged this from one of them today! I think I remember someone here saying good things about this series, and the back of this copy says "the Miss Marple of Botswana" so I am sold.
A gentle read about a lady who sets up a detective agency and solves various cases, from a cheating husband to stolen cars to a bad witch doctor. She drinks tea, chats with friends & loves her country, Botswana. It's exactly what I expected, she is a great - if too perfect - strong character; McCall Smith's love of Botswana shines through, but it was a little corny for me. A good one for cosy crime fans. #ReadAroundTheWorld #Botswana