The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

2015/01/img_0441.jpg Miss Precious Ramotswe (Mma Ramotswe), of Botswana, started her humble little detective agency to pursue her specialty in helping other people with the issues in their lives. From missing husbands to kidnapping witch doctors, Mma Ramotswe’s business grew successful, not only in the way of profitability, but from her excellent work. She remained confident, exceedingly smart, and firm in her belief that women were just as capable, under all circumstances, as men. This book is definitely one worth reading, I only wish the ending was different, as it came too soon. It does contain some mature content, so I recommend it to ages 13 and up. Mma Ramotswe’s cases will take you on a wild, cunning adventure around Africa that is quite unforgettable.

The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer

IMG_0339It’s a fantastical adventure, traveled by three wanderlust-craving kids with a strict, militant general father. Tendai, Rita, and Kuda sneak out of their heavily armed house one morning in Zimbabwe, onto the streets, and are quickly kidnapped. After ending up in the toxic wasteland ruled by an insane dictatorial woman, their parents hire the Ear, the Eye, and the Arm, three exceptionally talented detectives with unusual powers. The three men join a wild goose chase around Africa to return the children home safely. This novel is like no other I’ve ever read, using the future and the past to create an extraordinary story.