book log: 60) Alexander McCall Smith — The Tears of the Giraffe

I’ve fallen behind with my book log again, so you’re about to get spammed with some more of June’s books…

60) Alexander McCall Smith — The Tears of the Giraffe

Second of the series about Precious Ramotswe, the No.1 and indeed only lady detective in Botswana. Again, there are a number of short cases interspersed with a plot thread running in and out through most of the book, this time an American woman who wants to know what happened to her son ten years ago. The long thread typifies the book as a whole — this is not a matter of life and death any more, because the mother accepts that her son is long since dead. But it matters very much to her to be able to find his body and have closure. There is also ongoing development of the relationship between Mma Ramotswe and Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, as they discuss which house to move into, and the latter finds himself adopting two orphans. A gentle, heartwarming book that blends entertaining detective stories with wonderful characterisation and sense of place.

LibraryThing entry


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