“I can’t promise anything—but I shall do my best.” This is the campaign slogan that Mma Precious Ramotswe uses in her bid for a seat on the Gaborone City Council. She is doing this against her better judgement, having been coerced into the political arena by her friends Mma Potokwane, Mma Makutsi, and Rra Polopetsi. Her husband has wisely decided not to offer his opinion.
Of course there is the concern about a greedy land developer who wants to build the Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard where most people believe those who have passed would consider it a dishonor. The deciding factor is her opponent, Violet Saphotho, who is the arch-enemy of Mma Makutsi (now Joint Managing Director of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency). Violet is running unopposed and is sure to win if Mma Ramotswe doesn’t give her competition. It is Mma Makutsi herself who learns through solid detective work the Violet is conspiring with the land developer; she is willing to take a bribe in order to vote in favor of the hotel.
When a case of hit and run surfaces from Mma Ramotswe’s hometown of Mochudi, it is handled by the new assistant detective in training – Charlie. Readers of the series will recall Charlie as something of a ladies man, as well as having been an apprentice in the motor shop. But in this installment Charlie is beginning to mature and finds himself in love with a young woman of means. He laments his former lifestyle and mourns the time he squandered instead of learning a trade. He is determined to be a good assistant detective.
In their own style, the characters who populate this book are not only old friends to many readers but also are a laid-back commentary on life.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Colors of All The Cattle. In this, the nineteenth book of the series, we see our friends begin to evolve as they reflect on life and their part in it. Another hit for the prolific Alexander McCall Smith. Great book to cuddle up with on a cold winter night or a warm beach day.
Rating: 5 stars