Friday, July 10, 2015
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith
In the life of Precious Ramotswe–a woman duly proud of her fine traditional build– there is rarely a dull moment, and in the latest installment in the universally beloved No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series there is much happening on Zebra Drive and Tlokweng Road. Mma Ramotswe is experiencing staffing difficulties. First Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni asks to be put in charge of a case involving an errant husband. But can a man investigate such matters as successfully as the number one lady detective can? Then she has a minor falling-out with her assistant, Mma Makutsi, who decides to leave the agency, taking the 97 percent she received on her typing final from the Botswana Secretarial College with her.
Along the way, Mma Ramotswe is asked to investigate a couple of tricky cases. Will she be able to explain an unexpected series of deaths at the hospital in Mochudi? And what about the missing office supplies at a local printing company? These are the types of questions that she is uniquely well suited to answer.
In the end, whatever happens, Mma Ramotswe knows she can count on Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, who stands for all that is solid and true in a shifting world. And there is always her love for Botswana, a country of which she is justifiably proud
After a long absence, guess who decided it's time for a 'visit'..why...it's non other than Mma Ramotswe, the owner of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. The last time Mma Ramotswe dropped by was in May last year as you can read from here. Time sure flies, doesn't it Mma when we're busy with family and this and that and Mma would know about being busy with her married life with Mr J.L.B. Matekoni and their two adopted children not to mention her rather well established now No 1 Ladies Detective Agency which she owns. But in all business, Mma Ramotswe knows it's important to sit back to have a cup of tea especially her favourite bush tea so this time round in The Good Husband of Zebra Drive, Mma dropped by with plenty to tell.
As I have my own tea, I get to know that Mma had a fallout with Mma Makutsi, her assistant who is engaged to the owner of the furniture shop, Mr Phui Radiphuti and Mma Makutsi actually resigned from No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency! Oh my, that's terrible news because Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi work well together.
Mr J.L.B. Matekoni also decided to try his hand in being a detective and Charlie, one of Mr J.L.B. Matekoni's apprentices decided to set up No. 1 Ladies Texi Service and just to have a bit of suspense, I can't really tell you if that works out well but if you know Charlie, you can have a guess.
There was also a request to investigate some death in a hospital among others.
And that is how I felt reading book number eight in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series by Alexander McCall Smith...a good friend whom I ahven't seen in a year, dropping by for tea and brought with her stories about her life.