Monday, September 10, 2007

'Tears of the Giraffe'

by Alexander McCall Smith

Fiction/Mystery, 2000
Anchor Books (Random House) paperback, 226 p.
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series - Book 2
(#39 for 2007)
Precious Ramotswe is the eminently sensible and cunning proprietor of the only ladies’ detective agency in Botswana. In Tears of the Giraffe she tracks a wayward wife, uncovers an unscrupulous maid, and searches for an American man who disappeared into the plains many years ago. In the midst of resolving uncertainties, pondering her impending marriage to a good, kind man, Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, and promoting her talented secretary (a graduate of the Botswana Secretarial College, with a mark of 97 percent), she also finds her family suddenly and unexpectedly increased by two.
Since a friend lent me this along with The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, I decided to get it read sooner rather than later. And, I did like it a bit better than the first book in the series. The mysteries weren’t very mysterious but I was expecting that this time and it was interesting to see the characters fleshed out a little bit more. I can understand how these books are comfort reads for some and I’m glad to have ‘met’ Mma Ramotswe so I know what people are talking about. However, I personally don’t think I’ll bother with further books in the series. There are simply too many other books and series I’d like to try.

My Rating: 3/5

4 comments:

  1. You aren't kidding about their being so many other books out there to try. :-) That's finally what I told myself when I decided I'd read my last book in a particular series I am discontinuing. Not every book is for everyone.

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  2. Wendy,
    So true about not everyone liking the same books! So what series did you decide to discontinue?

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  3. I decided to give up on Keith Ablow's Clevenger series. I just wasn't enjoying the books as much as I like some of the other series I read. He hasn't written any new ones since I decided not to follow the series anymore though. I suppose if someone whose opinion I trusted said his next book is fantastic, I might read it. Patricia Cornwell is another author whose books I don't bother reading anymore either.

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  4. Wendy,
    I've never heard of Keith Ablow but I don't think I'll bother looking. :P

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