Right now, I would recommend Alexander McCall Smith’s The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. I advise you to settle in before you begin, and prepare yourself to be transported to another world, lazily, languidly. This book won’t suck you in with fast-paced action and wham-bam violence. It will simply unfold before you a world you’ve never known: Africa. The Africa that is beyond the Discovery channel specials, deeper than the CNN coverages, more real than the gangsters, singers, and models on MTV.

With gentle humor and heartwarming insight, Alexander McCall Smith pokes at human nature through Precious Ramotswe. We are invited to to go on adventures with her in the quest to help people with uniquely intriguing problems.

As the pages turn, so Mma Ramotswe’s life opens before us, giving her the depth and color that makes her endearingly memorable, and wonderfully good company .