On DVD: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Although I am a voracious consumer of mystery novels, I never got around to Alexander McCall Smith's series The Ladies' No. 1 Detective Agency, and I suppose the main reason for that was because I smelled a concoction tailor-made for the Martha Stewart crowd. Think about it: a woman opens a detective agency in an exotic locale; many topical issues are touched upon, and her cases don't involve a lot of physical danger. Oh, and much tea is consumed. It's like Miss Marple, but without the edgy wit or, as it turns out, murder.

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