Sunday, May 10, 2009

Book Reviews

Time again for reviews on two totally different books.

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
by Alexander McCall Smith

If you have not begun reading the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel series by Smith, you must do so. A charming insight into life in Botswana, I find myself smiling and shaking my head as private inspector Mma Ramostwe and her assistant Mma Makutsi solve cases for their clients. The two ladies also have drama in their own lives.

While you are visiting the Daingerfield Public Library, be sure to check the audio book selections. The library has one of the books on CD. I highly recommend checking it out so that you can hear the pronunciation of the names and some of the words in the dialect spoken in Botswana as well as the cadence of the speech.

A wonderfully relaxing read.

Books in the series which may or may not be available at the Daingerfield Public Library:
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Tears of the Giraffe
Morality for Beautiful Girls
The Kalahari Typing School for Men
The Full Cupboard of Life
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
Blue Shoes and Happiness
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
The Miracle at Speedy Motors

Smith has other works to his credit.

The Dark Tide
Andrew Gross
I listened to this audio book totally enrapt while quilting, and when I tired of quilting, I just sat back and listened. This 11 1/2 hour audio book never had a lull in the action. Gross involves his readers in the drama and suspense.

My only suggestion is "do not listen to the book after supper." You may find yourself still listening at midnight.

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