Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith is the seventh book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. I’ve been working my way through this series in the years since Wyatt was born, binging on all of the books that had been released at first and then picking up each successive novel as it was released in paperback. The books are pleasant and I find them enjoyable enough to have read them all, but they aren’t so fantastic that I feel the need to rush out to get them as soon as they’re published. The series focuses on Precious Ramotswe, the founder of the first female-owned detective agency in Botswana. In general, the books are slow-paced, sweet-natured and full of a subtle, wry humor. All this slow-paced subtlety had started to get a bit too exaggerated in the last few novels though and I often found my mind wandering a bit while reading them. With the most recent episode the author has picked up the action again and Mma Ramotswe has once again started to solve mysteries. They’re small mysteries to be sure — a black-mail case, a crooked doctor, and a strange mood on a wild life preserve — but there’s enough variety and interest to keep the reader wanting more.