The Double Comfort Safari Club is the latest installment of The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series and I’m so happy to report that it’s much, much better than the last installment and back to the series’ peak form. I was hooked from the start when the author, setting the scene, describes the Limpopo River, which for me means my grandmother retelling Kipling’s Just So Stories about the Elephant’s Child going “to the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees”. Brought me back 40+ years!
No elephant in this book, child or grownup, but the usual set of characters, the usual slow tales (at this rate, I’m afraid Mma Makutsi will never marry!), and always the soft comments about Botswana that may or may not be true but delight the reader. This time, the description of the favors done to relatives and friends and how boundless hospitality can still be tallied and exchanged while keeping to traditional ways. A delicious two-hour pleasure.