About the book: In this latest installment of the beloved and best-selling series, Mma Ramotswe must contend with her greatest challenge yet—a vacation!
Business is slow at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, so slow in fact that for the first time in her estimable career Precious Ramotswe has reluctantly agreed to take a holiday. The promise of a week of uninterrupted peace is short-lived, however, when she meets a young boy named Samuel, a troublemaker who is himself in some trouble. Once she learns more about Samuel’s sad story, Mma Ramotswe feels compelled to step in and help him find his way out of a bad situation.
Despite this unexpected diversion, Mma Ramotswe still finds herself concerned about how the agency is faring in her absence. Her worries grow when she hears that Mma Makutsi is handling a new and rather complicated case. A well-respected Botswanan politician is up for a major public honor, and his reputation is now being called into question by his rivals. The man’s sister has contacted the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency to investigate these troubling claims, but, as in so many cases, all is not as it seems. In the end, the investigation will affect everyone at the agency and will also serve as a reminder that ordinary human failings should be treated with a large helping of charity and compassion.
My review: I LOVE this series of books. I love the characters, I love the whole African feel, I love the way that the characters interact with each other and with others around them.
Precious Ramotswe is the lady who owns The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. In this book her assistant, Grace Makutsi decides that it's time for Mma Ramotswe to take a vacation and she pretty much forces her into by using her best tactics, guilt, everyone around her, and more guilt. So, Mma Ramotswe grudgingly decides to take a little vacation. But there are always more mysteries around her. I loved the way that she handled the whole incident with Samuel, a little orphan who offers to babysit her car so that nothing bad happens to it for a little bit of money. Unfortunately, Mma Ramotswe refuses to pay him and when she returns to her small white van it is damaged. And then she finds that the poor boy is being used by a vicious woman who is supposed to be taking care of him. I love the way that she finds a new situation for Samuel and then later goes even farther into his case to care for him.
This is a fun series that I always know I will enjoy when I pick one up!
I borrowed this book from my local library.
Labels: Alexander McCall Smith, clean mystery, The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series