The no. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith

"Precious" Ramotswe is Botswana's only lady private detective, and a darn good one, too. It's an interesting book, the start of a series, that provides some information about one of the more stable African countries as well as a few interesting mysteries, but don't expect a masterwork of literature. I remember HBO was going to make a show out of it but I don't know what happened with that.