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BLUE SHOES AND HAPPINESS
by Alexander McCall Smith

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Private Investigator

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The two charming ladies of Botswana's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency are back
in Smith's wonderful, all-too-brief book. Precious Ramotswe, the founder of the agency, doesn't stumble over any dead bodies (unless you count a poached bird), but she does delve into several mysteries. A chef worries she'll lose her job when her boss wrongly accuses her of blackmail; a doctor at a clinic is recording faulty blood-pressure readings; and there's unease at a local game preserve.
Aided by assistant Grace Makutsi, Mwa. Ramotswe deftly and graciously gets to the bottom of each case, pausing often to enjoy the beauty of the landscape and a good cup of bush tea.

McCall Smith writes exquisitely of a country he obviously loves. His characters, even secondary ones, are fully rounded and lovingly rendered. While the novels in this series are basically exotic cozies, they're several notches above the "granny finds a body in the parlor" variety. (Apr., 240 pp., $21.95)

Reviewed By: Liz French

Publisher: Pantheon

Published: April 2006

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