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The Miss Marple of Botswana
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agencyis not a new title. But, in my true form of not reading many things on best seller lists while they are fresh, I decided to finally check this out (okay, it is almost 13 years later!). It was housed in the stacks of our Mystery section, so I was anticipating more suspense and foreshadowing than I got. Nothing nail-biting in the tale of Precious Ramotswe, for sure. Nothing I could envision being made into a movie (although HBO did create a show based on the Alexander McCall Smith books). However, there was all sorts of something about the main character and her beloved homeland. I found myself searching for maps of Botswana and other African nations to follow this detective on her journies on solving the mysteries of her world. I'm looking forward to reading more about Mma and her male companion Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni as the end of the book poses a bit of a reciprocity to his undying love for her...Tears of the Giraffe here I come.
No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency