THE NINTH BOOK IN THE BELOVED NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY SERIES
The one with the poison pen letter . . .
For the first time in her career as Botswana's no. 1 lady detective, Mma Ramotswe suffers a blow to her faith in the goodness of humanity (and of her neighbours in particular) when she receives a threatening letter. But she does not let this swerve her from the sad plight of an orphan who hopes to find her true family.
Meanwhile, at Zebra Drive, Mma Ramotswe's beloved husband Mr J. L. B. Matekoni is also searching for an expensive miracle for their own foster daughter Motholeli.
Precious Ramotswe, "Botswana's foremost solver of problems," is used to handling mostly straightforward domestic cases, which makes a series of anonymous letters threatening her and her prickly assistant, Grace Makutsi, all the more disturbing in Smith's triumphant ninth No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novel (after The Good Husband of Zebra Drive). The search for whoever penned the letters coincides with a new commission: Manka Sebina, whose birth parents gave her up as a child, hires the agency to track down any living relatives. Both problems afford Mma Ramotswe ample opportunity to display her winning blend of insight into others' motivations and an endearingly na ve belief in the best in human nature. Significant, if incremental, developments in the lives of the community Smith has lovingly created over the course of the series will intrigue old fans. Immediately accessible to newcomers, this entry will prompt them to seek out the earlier books.
The Nos 1 Ladies Detective Agency series is really a delightful and frankly, contains a simple and yet powerful understanding of the core African traditional attitudes and beliefs which helps define the things that are really important in life and is so vastly different from today’s modernistic pursuits of materialism, fame and self indulgence. More amazing is the fact that Alexander McCall Smith possesses the astuteness to understand African traditions and to present these so simply and with a sense of humour that makes it so much fun to read.
A must read for the younger generations of Africans. Hopefully it will help instil pride and an understanding of the really important things in life.