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Reading List – Blue Shoes and Happiness


I have not read so much science fiction recently because I have read a lot more detective novels. One that Paul, instigator of the reading list project, set me onto was Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith.

It is set in Botswana and the protagonist is Precious Ramotswe, the country’s only female detective. The style could hardly be called laconic because, frankly, not much happens compared to the labours of most of the fictional investigators I have followed. However, Mma Ramotswe still achieves an admirable success rate even though the book is as relaxing as sitting down to a cup of rooibos tea.

I have recently also read the first book in the series but, on balance, preferred this recent addition which sees the characters a little more rounded. However, I look forward to filling in the intervening tomes over the next few months (and the recent BBC / HBO adaptation for television is also worth watching).

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