Once upon a time, I commuted a total of 2 hours each day, Monday through Friday, in some of the most pitiless, soul-sucking, mind-numbing traffic known to humankind. Every day brought smashups, unexplained lane closures, and what I call DDD— dangerously delusional driving. How did I survive without becoming a casualty or getting sent to prison? Unabridged cozy mysteries–first on tapes, then on CDs, then as digital downloads.
I had so many favorites. The one I’d like to share with you today is a series called The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. These are the adventures of Precious Ramatoswe, a “traditionally built” single lady who decides to open her own detective agency in Botswana. Kindhearted, wise, and shrewdly observant, Mma Ramatoswe quickly proves herself a quite capable sleuth. With the help of her assistant, Mma Grace Makutsi, and the nearby mechanic, Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni, Precious Ramatoswe solves a variety of issues, most ranging from the minor to the microscopic. Once in awhile there’s a disappearance or a murder, but more often than not, things are resolved happily. The narrator, Lisette Lecat, gives an extraordinary performance. I could listen to them all again, in large part because of Ms. Lecat’s brilliant take on each and every character.
So if you, too, have a ghastly commute or a long date with an elliptical machine or some other activity that might be improved by a little distraction, consider giving cozies on audio a try.