Tears of the Giraffe
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Precious Ramotswe is the eminently sensible and cunning proprietor of the only ladies’ detective agency in Botswana. In Tears of the Giraffe she tracks a wayward wife, uncovers an unscrupulous maid, and searches for an American man who disappeared into the plains many years ago. In the midst of resolving uncertainties, pondering her impending marriage to a good, kind man, Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni, and the promotion of her talented secretary (a graduate of the Botswana Secretarial College, with a mark of 97 per cent), she also finds her family suddenly and unexpectedly increased by two.


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Customer Reviews:

  • Wonderful series
    I just finished this one and can't wait for the next in the series. I would not have picked this book out but for the fact that a friend recommended it, and I'm so glad she did. The characters are different from any I've read about before, and they are very vividly portrayed. The book is light and a quick read, but that doesn't mean it isn't a worthwhile and very enjoyable escape to learn about some new friends in Africa. It is a gem.
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  • Rra Maketoni Meets an Orphan Girl
    Tears of the Giraffe (2002) is the second volume in this series, following The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. In the previous volume, Precious Ramotswe exposes an unfaithful husband, a con artist and a fraudulent doctor, returns a lost child, and agrees to marry Mr. J.L.B. Maketoni.

    In this novel, Precious inspects the house of Mr. J.L.B. Maketoni and declares it unsuitable for their domicile; they agree to live in the house on Zebra road. However, he is not to store automobile engines and parts within the house.

    Since Mr. J.L.B. Maketoni will no longer live in his present house after the wedding, he notifies his maid that her job will be terminated at that time. The maid, Florence Peko, is not very good at her job, but she has conditioned Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni to accept what is offered and does not really want to lose the position. Jobs are scarce and hard to come by. If it wasn't for that Ramotswe woman, she would keep her job. Florence wonders how she can get rid of the odious woman.

    Mr. J.L.B. Maketoni has helped the Orphans Home with mechanical repairs for years. When Mma Potokwane calls for his assistance with an overheating water pump, he drives out to fix it. While he is working on the pump engine, one of the orphans, a young girl in a squeaking wheel chair, brings him some water and stays to watch him finish the repairs. Afterwards, he oils the bearings and frees a sticking brake lock on her chair.

    Mma Ramotswe acquires an American client who is searching for her lost son. The client had come to Botswana over a decade ago with her husband and eighteen year old son. Her son had found interesting work on a farm commune and stayed behind when his parents left. A couple of years later, the son disappeared one evening and was never seen again.

    Highly recommended for McCall Smith fans and anyone else who enjoys detective stories set in foreign locales.

    -Bill Jordin...more info
  • perhaps a kinder and gentler world
    Three cheers for Alexander McCall Smith! For he has written a gentle humorous book that brings us face-to-face with the dignity, strength and courage of the Botswanan people--- and by extension the human race. But never fear, dear cynics, Smith loves Botswana, but it IS love, not infatuation. The Botswana of TEARS OF THE GIRAFFE, while peopled with exemplary individuals, is plagued by the usual human amalgam of crime, poverty, disease and injustice.

    In TEARS OF THE GIRAFFE, the second, I believe, of the series, we become further acquainted with Mma Precious Ramotswe, the owner of a detective agency in Gabarone, Botswana. The reader follows her through the ups and downs and conundrums of her personal and professional life. A missing child, a grieving mother, a young employee, a dishonest maid, a beloved fiancee and two orphaned children are some of the key characters in this African tale. I very heartily recommend this book to those readers who like a gentle mystery. Read it and Botswana will become more than a place on a map. Read it and you will smile. ...more info
  • What a Great book!
    In fact, what a great series! The books hold your interest from the beginning, and are over much too quickly. Smith uses an extremely simple writing style, almost childlike, which is why the books move so swiftly. But don't let the simplicity fool you; there's a LOT of meat on those bones, pun unintended. Each story, each nuance and thought is a commentary on people and peoples' behavior in general. The whole cast of regulars -- Precious, Mr. JLB, her new assistant, etc, are engaging people. This is just super stuff....more info
  • You just have to love Mma Precious Ramotswe
    Alexander McCall Smith has written another delightful episode in the tales of Mma Ramotswe of Botswana and The NO. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.
    In this story the main thrust of Mma Ramotswe's detective work is to try and discover information about the disappearance of an American woman's only son. He seemingly just mysteriously went "missing" one day from the agricultural commune where he lived and worked and no one who knew him had any idea where he had gone. They conjectured that maybe wild anmials had dragged him away or that a whirlwind picked him up, but not one person could say for sure. Mma Ramotswe works partly by feeling and intuition and she feels she may be able to discover what occurred all those many years ago just by travelling to the spot and gathering the vibes of the spirits that may still be there. In any event, Mma Ramotswe wants to help the American woman gain some (I really hate this word) closure. Mma Ramotswe has also lost a child and understands the deep heartache such a loss brings.
    Interspersed within this story of her detective work is the fact of her romance with kindly gentleman Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni and her acceptance of his marriage proposal. Upon her acceptance of this proposal and diamond engagement ring, she doesn't realize that she sets in motion a plan by his maid to do away with her, the woman the maid views as detrimental to her own plans to dominate Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni and his household.
    Mma Ramotswe also promotes her trusted secretary to the position of Assistant Detective (while still maintaining her duties as secretary) and she begins to shine as an investigator in her own right. Soon she saves the day for her first client.
    Add into all of this the fact that Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni is coerced into agreeing to adopt two orphans before their wedding without telling Precious and you will find that you will love the characters in this book and anxiously await reading the next one....more info
  • Charming Through and Through
    Many light years ago, as an English major, I took a class in African Literature as an elective...and I was, even young and callow as I was, immediately struck by the stark simplicity of the writing and the major life truths hidden behind this lyrical simplicity.

    So, too, are the novels of McCall Smith, whose enchanting stories of Precious Ramotswe, the no-nonsense head of the Women's Number One Detective Agency in Botswana, present deep life truths in the most disarmingly simple and charming way.

    In this sequel to "The Women's Number One Detective Agency," Mma Ramotswe must decide many important things: Where she and her fiance, Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni, will live (whose house is better)? whether or not she should promote her stalwart secretary to Junior Detective, whether she should get a diamond engagement ring, and most of all, what happened to a young American college man missing for 10 years, whose distraught mother has come to beg Ramotswe's services.

    This book is no less than perfection. I am eagerly looking foward to the next!

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  • Great deal!
    I received the book quickly and in great shape. This is the way to purchase books!...more info
  • Skullduggery and new Beginnings in Botswana
    The story of Mma Precious Rabotswe, founder of the Ladies' No. 1
    Detective Agency, continues in this second book of the series, taking up after she has accepted the proposal of a kind and patient mechanic, Mr. Matekoni. The only biographical flashbacks reference the honored Memory of her long-deceased father; thus the sequence of events is easier to follow and the plot reduced to a brief time span. Her fianc¨¦'s movements are chronicled in greater detail, as readers' attention shifts between the engaged protagonists. Maketoni reveals both his love for her and his genuine compassion for those in need--while secretly longing to train a competent and eager successor for his automotive repair shop.

    Although the couple is not married by the conclusion of the book, there is plenty of activity to capture the reader's interest. An ambitious secretary seeks to advance to assistant detective; a vicious maid learns the harsh lessons of betrayal; a womanizer is drastically reduced in his self-esteem. Then too, various moral and ethical dilemmas are raised by the conscientious women of this All-female detective agency, as they
    wrestle with their obligations to the Client versus those to the Law. As in the debut novel there is also an underlying mystery, which increases literary tension throughout the chapters dealing with both the engagement and other cases.

    A grieving mother begs for justice or failing that--information to put closure on her son's death. Emancipated Botswana--a region remote to most Americans--is depicted with compassionate respect and optimism by an author who grew up appreciating this continent and its struggle to emerge as a modern nation, while retaining traditional values. The book's unique title is explained at the very end: How much can a giraffe--or a human being for that matter--truly give? Smith's African characters give their all to the delight of readers the world over, revealing the universality of the human condition.














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  • Further adventures of Precious Ramotswe
    This series seems only to get better as Precious Ramotswe, owner of the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency, wrestles with problems, both personal and professional. On the personal side, Mma Ramotswe must consider the marriage proposal of Mr. Matekoni, owner of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, and deal with the fact that he wants to quickly expand their family. Mr. Matekon's maid, who is happy with the status quo, is threatened by the impending marriage of Mr. Matekoni and she vows to take revenge on Mma Ramotswe. Professionally, the lady detective is asked by an American woman to find her son who disappeared 10 years ago. In the middle of this, she decides that her faithful secretary deserves a promotion and she gives her the responsibility of investigating a cheating wife. Written in a charming, tongue-in-cheek manner, this book is a delight from beginning to end....more info
  • awesome...lyrical and beautiful
    Mr. Smith does it again! And this time round its better than the first book in the famous Botswana private eye Mma Ramotswe and her No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Set in Botswana, Africa, Mr. Smith weaves a simple yet extraordinary tale of simplicity, love, roots and a dash of mystery.

    The essence of Africa is beautifully captured in a simple 227-page read that ends even before you've begun to savor Africa's aromas and tastes. After reading the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and Tears of the Giraffe, I've had the yearning to drink the bush tea that is spoken about constantly in the book. I might want to add that you must read its predecessor before tears of the giraffe - as both the books are interlinked and entwined as the river is to the sea.

    Something about the plot now: We are treated to various mystery cases in the course of this book. An American mother wants to know what happened to her teenage son in the Kalahari Desert and why did he disappear from the face of this planet. A butcher wants information on his wife and her on goings with another man. There are more tales that give this book its beauty of language and the craft of writing.

    Mr. Smith takes us on a roller-coaster ride through Africa - its people, their beliefs, the simple life they still lead mingled with technology and new-found ideologies. Africa - in the heart of the world is an unusual place - full of brightness and brotherhood.

    We are introduced to Mma Makutsi (Mma Ramotswe's secretary) in a new avatar of a junior detective and her first case. We are further lead to Mr. Maketoni - the fianc¨¦ of Mma Ramotswe and the problem of the orphaned children he has to take care of. Will Mma Ramotswe take the children in? Will the American mother find her child? Read this awesome book to find out...
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  • a++
    shipped same day, received two to three days after...A++++ BOOK IN GREAT CONDITION. BETTER THAN EXPECTED...more info
  • Africa Comes Alive
    This series of African stories is a wonderful read, but an even more enjoyable listen. While reading these books, I sometimes become distracted and skip over some of the rich descriptions of the African landscape and people. But these tapes are wonderful! They are narrated by Lisette Lecat, a native South African, who is absolutely perfect for the job. We took them along on vacation and played them in the car while driving 7 hours. Initially, my 11 year old son made fun of Mma Ramotswe and said the tape was "lame" but by the end of our trip he was hooked on the stories too. Definitely worth purchasing, even if you have read the books. You will finally know how to pronounce all of the African names!...more info
  • Had no idea what this book was about
    I heard the title of this book mentioned several times, so I got it from my library and read it. It took me a while to catch on to the different kind of writing (the author is Scottish from South Africa?) I liked it very much after I got into it. I really like Mme Precious Ramotswe. I do wish the author would come up with nicknames for people like Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. Good story. I'll probably read more....more info
  • An utter joy to read, polite and gentle humour
    This is the audio cassette edition of the second book in the Precious Ramotswe series - quite nice reading, the books are better, but great listening in the car!

    I can't believe it has taken me so long to discover the Precious Ramotswe stories - of the Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency - they are gorgeous. Precious like their owner, gently funny, beautifully polite and full of lovely moments.

    Precious is engaged to Rra J B L Matkekoni, owner of the Speedy car repair service and himself a gentle man. I love the intertwiing of the stories in this. There is the problem of the American woman who lost her son 10 years ago. She knows he is not alive anymore, she simply wants to know what has happened. Then there is the problem of the local butcher who wants to know if his wife is cheating on him with another man. Unknown to Precious she has caused another problem, that of Ra J B L Matekoni's maid. She resents Precious coming into his life and now making her life very difficult. A fiance for Ra J B L Matekoni will spell the end for her life of relaxation. She will have to clean the house, she will not be able to entertain male friends. There are complications she does not wish to deal with. She wants Precious to go away and is prepared to do something about it.

    These stories are very much about character development and plot. The problems which Precious has been hired for are generally small and not life threatening. The language is beautifully formal in the style you can imagine they speak, and the overall impression is of intimacy - these are concerns which I can relate to they aren't murder and international spy rings. They are small concerns involved mostly in every day life.

    There are some classic touches in this - the resolution of the butchers problem is classically beautiful, as in the undercover observation of the straying woman.

    This is beautifully written, it absolutely sings. I have fallen in love! Totally in love with this series!

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  • I AM TOTALLY HOOKED TO THIS SERIES!!!
    Even better than the first in the series,The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency;Tears of the Giraffe was a real page turner that
    I hated to put down.

    Tears of the Giraffe is a continuation of the first book.
    More interesting cases,mainly missing people(some parts can really make you cry) and more people are added to her life. I
    have no complaints about this book, and can't wait to read the
    next in the series. I did find quite a few printing errors, but
    that's not the author's fault.

    If you haven't guessed by now, I loved this book, and I
    give it 5 stars:)...more info
  • I Love This Series
    Continuing what was started in "The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency', Alexander McCall Smith once again creates another beautiful novel that is unfair to classify under a specific genre such as mystery. To do that would limit the scope of the book. Beyond the mystery or mysteries to be solved, this time revolving around an American woman searching for her long lost son, there is much political and social commentary which can be both humorous and touching depending on the circumstances. Told with a simple, direct style, Precious Ramotswe becomes even more endearing in this book, and her supporting cast of characters like her fiance Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, and her secretary Mme Makutsi,manage to root a place in your heart as well....more info
  • Can't Get Enough!
    My daughter and son-in-law gave me the first book in this series, and I was hooked. These books are simply yet beautifully written (a vital quality for me), and the characters are so real, so well-defined, and so human. In addition, there are beautiful descriptions of Botswana, and Africa in general, making the reader feel and "see" the settings, and appreciate the beauty of the place as the characters do. They do not want to live in America or elsewhere--they are proud of being African, and Botswanan in particular. In a simple yet poignant way, I felt humbled as an American who subconciously senses somehow that America is the center of the universe. These are such charming reads, and I am finishing my eighth in the series, and awaiting the ninth! If you want a lovely, diverting read, particularly after reading something deeper, more depressing or violent, this is the book you need. Though easy to read, these books are appropriate for serious readers--trust me! ...more info
  • Another Beautiful Story
    You would have to be cynical not to love this book. Another great book in this wonderful series. Made me want to read about Botswana. Loved this fictional yarn. Looking forward to more!...more info
  • An utter joy to read, polite and gentle humour
    I can't believe it has taken me so long to discover the Precious Ramotswe stories - of the Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency - they are gorgeous. Precious like their owner, gently funny, beautifully polite and full of lovely moments.

    Precious is engaged to Ra J B L Matkekoni, owner of the Speedy car repair service and himself a gentle man. I love the intertwiing of the stories in this. There is the problem of the American woman who lost her son 10 years ago. She knows he is not alive anymore, she simply wants to know what has happened. Then there is the problem of the local butcher who wants to know if his wife is cheating on him with another man. Unknown to Precious she has caused another problem, that of Ra J B L Matekoni's maid. She resents Precious coming into his life and now making her life very difficult. A fiance for Ra J B L Matekoni will spell the end for her life of relaxation. She will have to clean the house, she will not be able to entertain male friends. There are complications she does not wish to deal with. She wants Precious to go away and is prepared to do something about it.

    These stories are very much about character development and plot. The problems which Precious has been hired for are generally small and not life threatening. The language is beautifully formal in the style you can imagine they speak, and the overall impression is of intimacy - these are concerns which I can relate to they aren't murder and international spy rings. They are small concerns involved mostly in every day life.

    There are some classic touches in this - the resolution of the butchers problem is classically beautiful, as in the undercover observation of the straying woman.

    This is beautifully written, it absolutely sings. I have fallen in love! Totally in love with this series!...more info
  • Cute, comfortable, enjoyable read
    This is the kind of book one reads on an airplane. It's about 240 pages and there's nothing taxing about the plot. There's nothing sad to bring you down. Perhaps there's a joyful reunion to lift your spirits.

    At the same time one is taught the subtle or profound differences between Botswana and the USA, as well as countries closer to Botswana.

    Ms. Ramotswe is thoughtful, smart, full of common sense, and an unforgetable character of modern-day fiction. Apart from other detectives who are always unerringly never outsmarted, she is sometimes fooled by an adversary or the subject of her investigations...a purely common happenstance in real life, and she is all the more likeable for it.

    This is my second read of this series and I will probably read them all as long as the situation is right: a lazy summer afternoon on the porch swing, the aforementioned plane ride, or perhaps during an ill day from work....more info
  • Private Eye Precious Ramotswe And Company = Pure Delight!
    "Tears of the Giraffe," is the second novel in Alexander McCall Smith's absolutely delightful "Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency" series. Although the primary setting is Gaborone, Botswana, the author take the reader along with Private Eye Precious Ramotswe when she travels throughout her beautiful, but desolate native countryside. Mma. Ramotswe, our plus-sized protagonist, who possesses an overabundance of intelligence, intuition, cleverness and a wonderful sense of humor, is presently busy juggling her personal life with her ever increasing success as a detective.

    She is now officially engaged to local master mechanic Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, the most gentlemanly of men. While Mma. Ramotswe presides over her detective agency, and is, in fact, the only female private detective in all Botswana, Mr. Matekoni has entrepreneurial expertise as well. He owns Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. An honest, loving man with an extremely kind heart, he recently went to fix a water pump at a local orphanage, free of charge, and left with two children in tow.

    Now Mma. Ramotswe has her hands full planning a new life with her fiance and newly found family, dealing with the nasty housekeeper, and building a relationship with her foster children. She also strikes a blow for feminism when she promotes her secretary to Assistant Detective and gives her a case to solve. Then Mrs. Curtain, an American whose son disappeared in the Kalahari desert, enters the picture when she passes through the doors of the Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency. Michael Curtain had been living and working on a commune, experimenting with systems for growing vegetables in the harsh conditions of the Botswana desert. One night, ten years before, he vanished without a trace. His mother has been searching for him ever since, exhausting every available avenue. The American Embassy recommends Mma. Ramotswe's services, as a last resort. Word does get around! Although the "cold case" does not look promising, our lady detective takes the job. I think she empathizes with the woman's pain and sense of loss, as she once lost a child of her own.

    Mma. Ramotswes spirit is luminescent. Ultimately, she is a good woman, a really decent person with a kind heart. She loves her fellow man, but most of all, and most inspiring, is her deep and abiding love for Africa, and for Botswana and its people in particular. "They are my people, my brothers and sisters. It is my duty to help them to solve the mysteries of their lives. That is what I am called to do."

    Author Alexander McCall Smith's narrative is written simply, in a clear, uncluttered style. And our Number One Detective is both extraordinary and original - as are the people she deals with, and their everyday problems which she helps them resolve. I am captivated by Precious Ramotswe and this series. Highly recommended!
    JANA...more info
  • Tears of the Giraffe
    A real yawner! It didn't help that the characters names were too difficult to remember....more info
  • Greeat Bookl
    Awesome book. Author knows how to tell a story. Characters are so real in their lives you can't wait to find out what happens to them....more info
  • Continuing the fun...
    Another superb book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series; fantastic characters, vivid scenes, and fascinating stories. Off to the library to get the next one......more info
  • The Series Gets Even Better
    I greatly enjoyed the first title in the series, but found Tears of the Giraffe to be even more beautifully written and difficult to put down. The characters continue to develop nicely, and the storylines are compelling and full of surprises. It's one of the best books I've come across in years, and feel like a better person for having read it.

    Anyone who enjoyed the opening book in the series will certainly enjoy this title as well. ...more info
  • Excellent ~ BEST in series!
    You have to read this book just to know the poignant symbolism of the title! I thoroughly enjoyed this book; it was clever in all parts....more info
  • a book to heal the heart
    This wonderful book takes the promise of the first in this series and turns it into a fully realized novel. The reader arrives at the end of the book with a sense of satisfaction and simple happiness.

    The characters in this book feel absolutely real-- so real, in fact, that I almost have to struggle to accept that if I traveled to Botswana I would not be able to find them. Gentle humor, kindness, unique culture, truly good and decent values, yet human mistakes... this book has everything required for a wonderful read. The reader will finish this book wanting to immediately begin the next in the series.

    Wonderful dialogue, fascinating settings, real human dilemmas, and above all the most endearing characters ---- you will adore this book and feel lifted up by it....more info
  • This is a great and subtle story
    I really am enjoying this series so far. The stories are very simple while at the same time they read as monumentally as end of the world thrillers. It's a real achievement to tell such quiet tales while pulling the reader in and keeping them at the edge of ones seat.

    Perhaps the best thing about these #1 Ladies Detective Agency books is plainly how it allows for an outsider, an American, to see Africa through the eyes of one who knows and loves their land. I realized while I was reading these books so far that I have never really thought of Africa in any other light than The Gods Must Be Crazy/Colonial superiority mindset, or through the lens of the evening news. I have long thought that Africa is a never-ending series of disasters akin to one of the levels of hell. Reading such a relentlessly positive and upbeat take on Botswana will surely help change ones opinions of Africa if you have not been there like myself.

    At the same time, I have to judge this story on its merits if I am going to be fair with my review. If I were to set this tale in the States for instance, would it be as engaging? I don't think so. I would give the mysteries and stories with in this book only a couple of stars. The originality of the writing and the unique mystery protagonist along with the setting and place on the other hand deserve five stars. So head into this book not expecting Agatha Christy. Instead think of it as if you were reading `A Year in Provance' and that this other travelogue book were laced with an amusing mystery or two.

    Enjoy
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  • A kind man and a clever woman
    I now have a problem - I am hooked. After reading the first book of this series I felt I have to keep on going. After reading the second book I will not rest till I read the whole series. I admit that I am now in a better position to pinpoint several flaws which are more apparant in the second book but these have not spoiled my utter enjoyment. This is a quick read which gives you a feeling that you are not only enjoying yourself but also learning something at the same time. At least this is how I felt.
    In the second book the main focus is still Mma Ramotswe, but a very central part is given to her fiancee, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni (and rightly so). Maybe it is easier for the writer to enter into the mind of a man, or maybe he just really likes this guy, as the reader does. He is a kind man, and as one he is easily "forced" into a new responsibility: adopting two kids, one of them in a wheelchair. Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni fears the reaction of our heroine, but she surprises him (Mma Ramotswe reaction seemed a little "too good to be true" for this reader but things have a nice way of "arranging themselves" in this book).
    Mma Ramotswe continues solving mysteries with the help of her loyal secretary, Mma Makutsi, now promoted into the position of Assistant Detective. However, as in the first book I felt the mysteries were not the real essence. The book is really a love song for Africa and the African people (Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni for example, wants to give Mma Ramotswe a diamond from the Botswana earth). In this book the writer continues to share with the readers (ignorant in my case) some of the African traditions, way of life, and especially their way of thought.
    My slight criticism is of the very easy way in which mysteries are solved. Somehow, Mma Ramotswe happens to meet the right people, to get what she wants out of them or to have the right "feelings". I confess, I do believe in intuition and especially woman intuition, but it seems that this feeling is a little over used here. Mma Ramotswe is surprised that not all people know, like she does, when someone is lying; this is very clear for her. Another issue is the very easy acceptance of feminism and modern ways in spite of a very central theme in the series of preserving the African ways and traditions, be it with Mma Ramotswe "traditionally built" body or with her thoughts how children act disrespectfully nowadays. I cannot understand how this is settled with the acceptance (even in thought) that there might be a girl mechanic (coping on a wheelchair) running the garage, aas much as I would like it to happen.
    A great book. Am looking forward for the third. ...more info
  • Great Follow Up for the No. 1 Ladies Dectective Agency
    Mma Ramotswe is at it again! The No. 1 Ladies Dectective Agency has taken on some new and interesting cases. In this story things are not as clear cut as they seem and Precious Ramotswe ponders the morality of telling the truth, telling lies and in general the imperfection of the human condition. Her insights into the psyche of human nature are all to true. Alexander McCall Smith has again created a wonderful vignette of stories that delight the reader with their simple storyline, yet complex implications into the nature of women, men and children. In this series we get to know several characters more intimately including, Precious Ramotse's fiance Mr. J.L.B. Maketoni. He is a wonderfully rich character that adds much to the story and I am looking forward to reading future installments that include the evolvement of their relationship. I am constantly enthralled by McCall Smith's description of the African continent and it's people and find these descriptions both heart warming and heart breaking. It seems there are many changes ahead for Mma Ramotswe; a new family an assisant dectective and a new husband. I look forward to the continuation of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and the unique insights that Precious Ramotswe has for the readers....more info