This book is the sixteenth (and counting) in the series of books about the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, set in Gaborone, Botswana, and operated by traditionally built Mma Precious Ramotswe and her able associate detective Mma Grace Makutsi. This addition to the series is a very good one, with a few interesting plot twists.
For many years (the series began in 1998, if that means anything) Mma Ramotswe has operated the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (for the past several years, out of an office in the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, owned and operated by Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, who is Mma Ramotswe’s husband. Mma Makutsi convinces Mma Ramotswe that she should take a holiday from the business; Mma Ramotswe decides to do so, with misgivings about leaving Mma Makutsi in charge over their part time workers Mr. Polopetsi (who is also a part-time science teacher) and Charlie (who is the older of the two apprentices at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors). But Mma Ramotswe finds herself with time on her hands, and discovers both that Mma Makutsi has taken on an important case and that Mma Makutsi’s nemisis Violet Sephotho is about to open up the No. 1 Ladies’ College of Secretarial and Business Studies.
I enjoyed reading this book, and I look forward to the next book in the series.