There’s something about the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books that appeals to those of us who grew up watching Andy Griffith and Leave It to Beaver. There's something about these books that appeals to us during these bad economic times. These books by Alexander McCall Smith have gentle stories with gentle characters who face difficulties with fortitude and patience. This book, Saturday Big Tent Wedding, is no exception. Yes, one of our main characters has a fiancé who lost his foot in an accident in one of the earlier books in the series, and that causes some troubles, but we know that no one is going to go off the deep end and start shooting random people as a result. The setting is both exotic and homey, set in Africa, but in a town where people know each other and care for each other. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.