This book is the seventeenth in the series of mysteries set in Gaborone, Botswana, featuring Mma Precious Ramotswe, the founder and traditionally built owner of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, and her co-director Mma Grace Makutsi. As usual, the books are deceptively simple, but I very much enjoy reading them, and this book is a worth addition to the series.
With Gaborone waiting for the rains, the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency gets a new case from a Canadian woman named Susan; she was born in Gaborone and lived their with her parents until she was eight years old, when the family moved to Saskatchewan, and she wishes to reconnect with her past and her old nursemaid, with nothing much more to go on than a faded photograph. The younger apprentice at the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors (run by Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, who is Mma Ramotswe’s husband) ran over a dog at slow speed; the dog was not hurt, but Fanwell brought him back to the garage. Mr. Polopetsi, who is an unpaid employee of the Agency (and also a part-time high school chemistry teacher) has been telling several people in Gaborone about the new business deal he has found; if one invest’s one’s money in a plan to buy cattle that need to be fattened up and selling the cattle, one can get twenty-five percent return, and the plan works, because he has already gotten his money back with the promised interest (he was also one of the first investors); he has not mentioned this plan to Mma Ramotswe, though, who knows the cattle business quite well. And Mma Makutsi’s arch enemy, Violet Sephotho (who has been a thorn in her side ever since they were both at the Botswana Secretarial College, where Mma Makutsi made a ninety-seven percent mark) is one of two women who will be voted Woman of the Year in Gaborone.
These books are by no mean demanding books to read, but they do deal with real issues nonetheless; and one of the major points covered in this book is the need for forgiveness, even when one does not feel much like forgiving. And I very much enjoyed reading this book.