The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency is experiencing a slump in business. And Mma Makutsi, now partner of the business but always second in command, convinces owner Precious Ramotswe that she is due for a holiday. This would leave Mma Makutsi at the helm of the business. Feeling pressured by those around her Mma Ramotswe decides to spend a few days away from the office, but she is full of misgivings. The business is like her child whom she must set loose from her apron strings for the first time. So she does what many of us do when we have several days of unscheduled time on our hands – she chips away at chores that she’s put off. In doing so, however, she does more detective work than she expects. Meanwhile Mma Makutsi is handling things in her own unique way although it seems that she doesn’t have a handle on a very tricky case. But looks can be deceiving!
This sixteenth book in the series delivers on the promise of an intriguing mystery told in a relaxing narrative. The characters stay true to their origins and are exactly what the reader expects them to be. The descriptions of Botswana are evocative of a country rooted in the past but sensing the challenges of the present. It is how our favorite characters deal with them while imparting life lessons that make this story, and this series, so endearing. Here’s hoping that there are at least several more books forthcoming in this series.
RATING: M M M M M