tearsgiraffeWho wrote this book and when?
Alexander McCall Smith published this in 2000.

Has there been a film version?
No, but a TV series debuted this past spring on BBC.

Who are the important characters?
Precious Ramotswe – a lady detective in Gaborone, Botswana
Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni – a gentle and kind man who owns an auto repair garage
Mma Makutsi – Mma Ramotswe’s secretary and friend
Florence – Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni’s maid and cook, she has it out for Mma Ramotswe
Mrs. Curtis – an American woman who asks Mma Ramotswe to find her son, who has been missing many years
Motholeli – a young woman in a wheelchair whom Rra Matekoni adopts

What’s it about?
In this second book of the series, Mma Ramotswe not only has to continue solving mysteries for her No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, but she has to plan to be married as well. She takes on the case of an American woman whose son has been missing ten years and is most likely dead. Meanwhile, her secretary wishes to be promoted to assistant detective and her fiance has adopted two children without asking her permission.

Do I recommend you read this book?
If you enjoyed the first one, most definitely. Also, if you like mysteries that are gentle reads and lacking in violence and sex – this is a wonderful series for you to check out.

How did this book make my list?
My mother recommended the series to me.

Has it won any awards?
No.

Favorite quotes:
“The Americans were very clever; they sent rockets into space and invented machines which could think more quickly than any human being alive, but all this cleverness could also make them blind. They did not understand other people. They thought that everyone looked at things in the same way as Americans did, but they were wrong.” – p 113

Anything else?
I like these books ever so much better than McCall Smith’s other series about Professor Igelfield.

Personal thoughts:
There isn’t much more to say about this book that I didn’t say about the first one in the series. Mma Ramotswe is a very likeable and trustworthy main character whose ingenuity and integrity is a pleasure to read about. Her new fiance is a perfect contrast to her – while still clever and honest, he has an innocence and kindness about him which balances out Ramotswe’s intensity. In this second book, we also see the first case of Mma Makutsi – Mma Ramotswe’s secretary. She has a significantly different style from Mma Ramotswe, which adds depth to the story. A great second book for the series.

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