Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith
240 pages (of beautiful moments)

     I'm a huge fan of this series.  In fact I just added Gaborone, Botswana to the list of locations in my weather app.  I may need an intervention.
     The central story is about a woman from Canada who wants to reconnect with her nanny and childhood friends from her time in Gaborone.  The detectives are on the case, but have to tread lightly when they perceive some strange aspects to the woman's story.  Side stories include a naive friend being hoodwinked into a dishonest investment scheme, and a stray dog who insists he belongs to one of the mechanics at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors.
     McCall Smith has a delightful way of expressing his ongoing themes of love, loyalty, friendship and charity.  This novel gave particular emphasis to grace and forgiveness which he translates as knowing what to remember and what to forget.
     If you decide to read the series you'll want to read the books in order.

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