Who wrote this book and when?
Alexander McCall Smith published this in 1999.
Has there been a film version?
Who are the important characters?
Mma Precious Ramotswe – the first lady detective in her village, clever and direct at the same time
Obed Ramotswe – Precious’ father, a former miner, owner of many head of cattle
Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni – owner of an auto garage, very good friend of Mma Ramotswe
What’s it about?
Precious Ramotswe has taken her inheritance and opened the first detective agency in Botswana to be run by a woman. Her independence and clever mind help her to solve several cases. She also employs the help of good friends, including Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. The case that most tugs at her heart, however, is the case of a missing boy who may have been murdered by witchdoctors.
Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
It’s a very fun, but impressive book about Africa, told in an unconventional manner.
Do I recommend you read this book?
Yes, if you enjoy mysteries.
How did this book make my list?
I liked “Portuguese Irregular Verbs” so I picked this one up at the RPL.
Has it won any awards?
It received 2 Booker Award Special Recommendations, and was voted an International Book of the Year.
“To lose a child, like that, was something that could end one’s world. One could never get back to how it was before. The stars went out. The moon disappeared. The birds became silent.” – p 90
“She felt terribly sorry for people who suffered from constipation, and she knew that there were many who did. There were probably enough of them to form a political party – with a chance of government perhaps – but what would such a party do if it was in power? Nothing, she imagined. It would try to pass legislation, but would fail.” – p 195
My mother is obsessed with these books.
What a fun book! Usually, I try to avoid books my mom practically hurls at me to read, simply out of obstinacy. But this lovely little novel was a joy to read. Precious had me smiling and laughing along with her as she solved case after case. This is very highly recommended! Part short story, part exposition on the greatness of Botswana, and part quirky mystery, there wasn’t a single chapter I didn’t enjoy reading.