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Subject: Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency
Date Posted: 8/22/2008 10:14 PM ET
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Not really sure that this would be considered chick lit, but has anyone read any of the books in this series?  I started the first one but am not that excited about it.  Can't decide if I should just quit, stop for now and try reading it again later, or keep going with it.  I usually don't read more than one book at a time but since I started this one, I  already read another one and have started a new one!

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 1:39 PM ET
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I always read more than one at a time. But I did like this series. Not enough to 'favorite' it and send me searching desperately for the next and the next - but enough that when i see them i go, 'oh, yea, i want to read another one of those'. With some great exceptions, i'd say that is usually how i feel about chick lit. I enjoyed that this one is an older protagonist, and the world she lives in is so differant from mine, i can basicly travel to another contenant, in a way that doesn't feel to much like fiction - it has a gritty, plain, everday in Africa feel to it, and i have enjoyed that. Not a real deep page turner in terms of the 'mystery', but the characters daily life story i really did enjoy.
Date Posted: 8/28/2008 2:39 AM ET
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I have actually enjoyed this series. I found the books to be rather slow and I felt just as tsatske did, I wasn't desperately searching for the next one. I did however enjoy the relationship between the women and the "simple" life they appear to live..

Date Posted: 8/30/2008 9:41 PM ET
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I did enjoy the series, but they do move slowly.  They remind me more of folk tales than mysteries or chick lit.

Date Posted: 8/30/2008 11:54 PM ET
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Thanks for your replies.  I have decided to "shelf it" and try it again some other time!

Date Posted: 9/3/2008 5:59 PM ET
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The four females in my family (representing three generations) have enjoyed the first three or four Ladies Detective Agency series.  The one who has visited Africa usually gets to read the book first, then it circulates around to the rest of us.  We like a "detective" who doesn't deal in murder, arson, rape, etc., but who sure does solve her clients' problems in original ways.  Mma Ramotswe is a practical, capable, modern African woman----our kind of gal.  We will  read more of the series, but we aren't anxious to get our hands on the further adventures of Precious.

Date Posted: 9/6/2008 5:03 PM ET
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Okay, this thread has caused me to go and order the next book in the series. Thanks... i really needed another book on my TBR pile :)
Date Posted: 9/6/2008 7:23 PM ET
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I listened to all of the books in the series and enjoyed them thoroughly.  However, I don't feel that I would have been able to read them due to the slowness of the pace.  If you have the opportunity to listen to the audiobooks, give them a try.  The narrator is fabulous and I think that makes the books more enjoyable.  Also, as I listen to books in the car on the way to and from work, I don't feel like I am using my limited precious reading time on a book that I am not totally interested in.

Date Posted: 9/7/2008 7:13 AM ET
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I often use audio books to get through books that I really want to read, but where, for some reason, the author is one i have trouble getting through. And, the narrorator can make such a difference. I listened to 'the Nanny Diaries', and julia roberts made it hilarous!
Date Posted: 9/9/2008 8:24 PM ET
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I have never tried an audiobook!  I don't know why, i just haven't.  I will have to keep that idea in mind though!

Date Posted: 9/20/2008 8:18 PM ET
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I love audio books. 

I've read all the but the most recent Ladies Detective Agency books. They aren't mysteries.  Although some have a little puzzle that Precious or someone is trying to work out.  I found them very enjoyable. but they aren't heavy on action.  More like little slices of Botswana life.  I really like his Isabelle Dalhousie series.  There is usually a more prevaliant mystery in those but really the main focus is on Isabelle falling in love with a much youger man and her stormy relationship with her niece.  I could not get into his other series, I'm blanking on the main characters name but one of the books was Porteguese Irregular Verbs.  I read that one and though well maybe the series will get better. Than I started At The Villa of Reduced Circumstances and decided that I would skip this series.  I had The Finer Pts of Sausage Dogs but mailed it out unread as a WL book. 

I like that his books aren't really long.  Not that I can't handle long books.  But I find so many are about twice as long as they really needed to be.  It's one of the reasons I like Charlaine Harris. She can get a great mystery in a short book.  Not a lot of extra stuff that's really just filler to make the book longer and therefore seem more important.

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 10:51 AM ET
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I agree that the books aren't really mysteries (except for the little puzzle), but I enjoy them.  They are definitely slower-paced and lighter reading than some of my other books.  I actually enjoy that about them.  They make me slow down a little and relax.  (They've also got me drinking rooibos tea like Precious does in the books.)