I am currently listening to one of Alexander McCall Smith’s mystery books on tape, and am enjoying it so much that I cannot wait to find more time to listen to it. I am “reading” the second book in the Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency series which features Precious Ramotswe, as she goes through life, solving other people’s problems. I love this series! Mma Ramotswe is a very independent woman, and through her, we see Botswana, and the daily conditions that these African people experience. Truly a wonderful series.
Alexander McCall Smith has written many books, of which I am just being introduced to… The other series that I follow is his series revolving around Isabel Dalhousie, who happens to be a philosopher, thus the series name: the Sunday Philosophy Club. Isabel is another very strong and independent woman. Although both women are intelligent, strong and self-reliant, the environments that they find themselves in couldn’t be any more different than they are.
When trying to find the chronological listings for these two series, I stumbled across a trilogy that Alexander McCall Smith has written concerning Professor Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld. I cannot wait to track these books down! They are not mysteries, but are reviewed as being full of very dry humor, which I happen to enjoy. I have read some reviews about this trilogy that liken it with my very favorite author’s Lucia series (E. F. Benson). And as if that isn’t a big enough endorsement, I have also read that Alexander McCall Smith is an E. F. Benson fan.
No wonder I am an Alexander McCall Smith fan!
More information about Alexander McCall Smith‘s four (currently!) series.