Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine: The New No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel by Alexander McCall Smith --- 213 pages

this is the 16th book in the prolific McCall Smith's best known and well-loved series of cozy detective stories featuring Mma Precious Ramostswe of Botswana.

As her dedicated fans all know, Mma Ramotswe is not one to sit back and take it easy. Her life is busy and filled with responsibilities, and she is a conscientious wife, mother, friend and business woman. So it is with some misgivings that she  allows herself to be persuaded to take a week's holiday, leaving her partner Mma Makutsi in sole charge of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

But on the very first day of her holiday, Mma Ramotswe encounters a delinquent-in-the-making, a small boy named Samuel set adrift on the streets of Gabarone and decides to intervene.

Then she discovers that in her absence Mma Makutsi has undertaken a very delicate case of a recently deceased politician with a large and loyal following whose reputation has been posthumously called into question. Convinced that Mma Makutsi is in over her head, Mma Ramotswe launces her own investigation. When Mma Makutsi finds out it puts a serious strain on both their partnership and their friendship.

Then Mma Ramotswe learns that Mma Makutsi's arch rival, the scheming Violet Sephotho, has opened a secretarial school in competition with Mma Makutsi's beloved alma mater, the Botswana Secretarial College. Both Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi know that Violet Sephotho has zero interest in education so this so-called college is a scam of some kind that must be quickly nipped in the bud.

Click HERE to see the review in The Scotsman.

Click HERE to reaad the review from Publishers Weekly.

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