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.
In this charming historical romance, a Russian heiress flees her native land during the revolution and winds up in England, penniless and without a home. To earn money so her brother can stay in school, she finds a job as a maid at a country estate. Before long, she settles into the household below stairs. To her dismay, she becomes irresistibly attracted to the Earl of the manor, who has returned from war, bringing his beautiful fiancee home to meet his family.