The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith is the story of Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's first (and only) female private eye. Her cases are the usual blend of missing people, cheating husbands and small crimes, but her observations about life, Africa and people in general are a delight. You'll cheer her on as she gossips her way to solutions, as she falls just a little bit in love with her mechanic, and in the process you'll learn a great deal about the people and culture of Botswana. The best part is that this is the first book in series, so if you didn't get enough the first time, you can get a second helping.
The Bachelor Brother's Bed and Breakfast by Bill Richardson is a delightful tale of two eccentric brothers who run a Canadian B&B for book lovers. The author weaves together book lists, recipes, a talking parrot and really bad poetry into a delightful blend that will remind readers of Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon series. It is a sweet, humorous read that can comfortably be read in a single afternoon by the fireplace.