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    Nice blend of serious and humorous

    Gently proffered wisdom, unobtrusive detail of African life, fascinating characters familiar and new, and, of course, just a touch of quiet mystery – blended together these make for another smooth read in Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. The author maintains his light touch with dialog, internal and external, inviting readers into many characters heads, and revealing the world through different pairs of eyes. The fact that it’s a different world from our own makes it no less relevant – rather it makes us more likely to ask the right questions of ourselves. Why does housework belong to women? Who should be granted asylum? And how can tact be learned (ah, poor Mma Makutsi). Addicts will read this series from the beginning and eagerly grasp each new book. But even with a glorious plethora of fascinating characters, it would be easy for a new reader to start straight in with this book and find their way. Enjoy! Disclosure: It was a gift.

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