Thursday, March 26, 2009

Tears of the Giraffe, Alexander McCall Smith

Posted by lea at 3:04 PM
Rarely does a book (let alone a whole series of books) fill your heart so much you literally have to pause and sigh an internal 'awww' before you can return to the page. Tears of the Giraffe, as indeed with all the other titles in McCall Smith's No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series, is a humorous, gentle and deeply touching book about the life of 'traditionally built' private detective Precious Ramotswe.

In this title, Mma Ramotse prepares to marry that very good man Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, while her secretary, Mma Makutsi, manages to break the glass ceiling with her promotion to Assistant Detective.
Mma Makutsi looked up, as if to search for the ceiling that she had broken. There were only the familiar ceiling boards, fly-tracked and buckling from the heat. But the Sistine Chapel itself could not at that moment have been more glorious, more filled with hope and joy.

Mma Ramotswe continues to solve mysteries with her uncommonly good common sense and fine-tuned intuition, while causing this reader (and many others I'm sure) to fall in love with the Botswana she loves so dearly. A highly recommended and fantastic read.

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