The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #1) The No. 1 Lady Detective, Precious Ramotswe, is clever, practical and enterprising. She solves puzzling mysteries for her neighbors, outwitting dishonest husbands, con artists and thieves. The setting of Botswana plays a fascinating role in the story too. I love Alexander McCall Smith's witty and insightful style.
I read this book after seeing the famous unicorn tapestries in Paris. The plot revolves around both the French family who commissioned the tapestries as well as the Belgian weavers who created them. I enjoyed the medieval setting, the details of how the tapestries were made and the well-developed characters in this fascinating historical novel.
Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman. My favorite travel memoir used to be My Love Affair with England by Susan Allen Toth. Now, Alice Steinbach's beautiful narrative of her year of self-discovery has won the first place blue ribbon. Taking a sabbatical from her job as a newspaper columnist and reporter in Baltimore, Alice sets out on a European adventure beginning in Paris and concluding in Venice.
After a disastrous marriage, Perdita has put her life back together, starting up her own business in a quaint English village. One morning she is shocked to learn that the hotel has taken on a new chef . . . her ex. Somehow she is talked into letting Lucas film his cooking show in the kitchen of her picturesque cottage and even makes an appearance in the episode. As the sparks fly, she has to deal with the tumultuous emotions she thought she had put to rest.