“So, Mary Sue, Do You Like ANYTHING?”

Heh. The rant has been falling fast and furious around here, hasn’t it?

Okay, so here we go— if you have not seen The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, you need to see it. And if you’re like me and sans cable, you should go read the books. Like I am.

No, you can’t borrow my books, I’m reading them!

Precious Ramotswe is the only lady detective in all of Botswana. If you need help, she will find you answers. They may not come in the most conventional way, but they’ll also come with a nice cup of bush tea.

The show does a fabulous job of capturing the feel and tone of the books, and the books are in and of themselves a rich, spicy treat. You want to savor them slowly, embracing the feel and texture of a good, quality story. The characters live and breathe, and Botswana most of all. Botswana is the biggest character in the book and the one that you wind up having the most affection for, because Mma Ramotswe loves Botswana so much you can’t help loving it, too.

Here’s the trailer from HBO.

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