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.
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.
This series is set in Napoleonic France and in present-day England. I like the parallel stories and the element of espionage. The stories of Eloise and Colin in modern London and Richard and Amy in 19th century Paris are equally appealing. I will definitely read more of the series.