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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

cover of Tears of the Giraffe

Mma Ramotswe, a woman in Botswana, runs a detective agency. She is engaged to a man named Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, who has good morals and a good heart. There are two cases that come into the agency with some interesting questions that are asked of characters and the reader. The main case is that of a woman who lost her son in Africa many years ago and wants to discover what happened. She expects nothing, but wants to search once more for the reason he disappeared and died.

The reader gets to know a comfortable woman who is self-assured, intelligent, and knows her country and its customs well. The best part about the book is how the Botswanan culture is mixed in so thoroughly with all that happens, so in reading a novel one gets to discover a bit more about another culture. A light read, with not too much substance, but enough for a good read.

Title:Tears of the Giraffe
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Date published:2000
Genre: Mystery
Series: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Number of pages: 227
Notes: Repeat reading


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