Now that she is finally and happily married to her long-term suitor Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency of Botswana might have expected life to grow more sedate. But the many problems that lead customers to Mma Ramotswe's door seem, if anything, to have multiplied, and no sooner has she settled her traditionally built person into the married state than she finds herself looking into several troublesome matters at once. There is, to begin with, a disturbing case of blackmail and theft from the Government catering college. Then, while on an errand for her husband to the Mokolodi Game Reserve Mma Ramotswe is seconded to investigate an unpleasant atmosphere that may be down to witchcraft, or something worse. There are sinister goings-on at a health clinic to be looked into, not to mention any number of small wrongs to be righted along the path to detective triumph. And all the time Mma Ramotswe has weighty questions of a philosophical nature to consider, such as whether it is right to find happiness in small things, such as a new pair of blue shoes, a slice of cake, or a red sunset over the Kalahari.
* No. 7 in the marvellous Mma Ramotswe series
Shortlisted for Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2008.
'A rare pleasure' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Forget the library - the body is in the mud hut. An African Miss Marple created by a Scottish lawyer ... Superb' SUNDAY TIMES 'There is something almost divinely appealing about the way McCall Smith writes about daily life in Botswana...it is hard to think of a contemporary writer more genuinely engaging ... I find it impossible to think about [his novels] without smiling' MAIL ON SUNDAY
Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith has turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over sixty books on a wide array of subjects, and his books have been translated into thirty-seven languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife.