Setting the records straight about Africa

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This is the third of Alexander McCall Smith's books about Precious Ramotswe, the first lady detective to set up shop in Botswana.  Once you have read one of these books you will want to read them all.  Why?  Firsty because AMS is such a terrific writer.  The plots of his books are essentially quite simple but he fills them with an understanding and sympathy for his characters that is quite outstanding.  How does a Professor of Medical Law get inside the head of a large black lady detective and through her eyes show us the other side of Africa and Africans - the side that is not limited to war, poverty and aids? 

In Morality for Beautiful Girls we have the mixture of a depressed fiance, family intrigue and beauty pageants - not to mention the young boy who is found naked wandering in the bush, smelling of lion.....

After four books I am at the point where I want to know more about Botswana.  I confess that having never had the least desire to visit Africa I now feel curiously drawn to find out more.  If a novel can do that to me don't be surprised if it has the same effect on you.

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