In between watching tennis and packing for our holidays I’ve been escaping from reality in Alexander McCall Smith’s latest offering from the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. These gentle novels about the proprietor Mma Ramotswe and her assistant, Mma Makutsi are a sure way to relax and smile into a better mood. Even the names of the characters seem to lead the reader into a world of traditionally built ladies, red bush tea, dusty roads and a place where values accord others respect and dignity. Another feature is that there is plenty of time. Time to listen, time to think around the story-lines, time to consider the characters- in short, time to enjoy.
If you’ve never read them, do have a go and let me know what you think.