Monday, January 31, 2011
The Charming Quirks of Others by Alexander McCall Smith
It's not a rollicking, action-packed book - it's slow paced and leisurely as we stroll through Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland in search of the answers. Isabel makes me think about what I would do in her place. And I do enjoy these books quite a lot. Maybe it's my idea of a cozy mystery...
For more of a "traditional" mystery, so to speak, try McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series... Mma Precious Ramotswe is not traditional, nor is it an Agatha Christie type of plot, but there's still solving a crime/the pursuit of truth in the mix. And much the way McCall Smith shows us Isabel's Scotland, we see a glimpse of Botswana in these books. Indeed, the different countries (their geography, culture and customs) play pivotal roles in both series.