Latest Botswana Adventures




By Alexander McCall Smith
Pantheon, 256 pages, $24.95

Many writers, even very good ones, occasionally come up with a disappointing book or two. Alexander McCall Smith seems to be an exception – he manages to satisfy his reader fans without fail. Yet readers either love his writings or cannot go past page twenty – his writing style is so different. McCall Smith has five series, four in Scotland and one in Botswana. The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon is in the Botswana series. No matter which series you are reading, you can expect great though mellow humor, excellent characters as if watching a movie, and his unbeatable, thought-provoking philosophy he frequently inserts into his writing. His writing style is easy to read, his stories are thoroughly entertaining and his books are page turners. These are like very genteel mysteries without gratuitous sex and violence yet Mma Ramotswe, owner of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, and her assistant Mma Ramotswe solve them all with ingenuity, warmth for their fellow human beings and passion. The landscape and people of Botswana and their deep love of their country shine through in every chapter of McCall Smith’s writings. Those reader fans who love this author will not be disappointed.

Reviewed by George Erdosh

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