Another book read for the Reading Challenge. It felt very relaxing to read this cozy mystery in the unusual setting of beautiful Botswana.
There was a teapot, in which Mma Ramotswe — the only lady private detective in Botswana — brewed tea. And three mugs — one for herself, one for her secretary, and one for the client. What else does a detective agency really need?
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is a very slow paced book which might come as a surprise if you’re not expecting it with this genre. Having read cozy mysteries before, I knew to expect a laid-back story with memorable characters and a not too violent mystery to solve, but this had definitely the slowest start to a mystery book in a while.
Once I got used to the pace of the story, I went with the flow and enjoyed the leisurely description of the landscapes, streets and people of Botswana. More than once I felt myself craving for some rooibos tea, which seemed to be an essential part of the daily life of Mma Ramotswe, the sleuth of these books.
At times there is a feminist tone in some of the thoughts and decisions of the main character, Mma Ramotswe, which I enjoyed and she seems to have a nice way of being very wise about life, despite being only a 30-someting person. But I have to say that the other characters weren’t that distinctive for me to grow fond of yet. Hopefully I will get to know them better when I read the next part of this series.
If you are looking for a very complex mystery to read, this book is not it. For a feel-good, cozy reading experience, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency works well and at least for me it felt like a window to an unknown culture.
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency fills this prompt in the Reading Challenge:
20. The book deals with a culture that you are not familiar with
As I do not know anything about the culture of Botswana, it’s difficult for me to know how realisic the book is, but it felt believable and there was a very nice flow to how the surroundings were brought to life by author Alexander McCall Smith.
What Reading Challenge? Check out my post here.