Anchor Books (Penguin Random House)
first published 15 April 2008 by Pantheon (Penguin Random House)
The ninth book in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series
Mma Ramotswe discovers that there are downsides to being the best-known lady detective in Botswana when she receives an anonymous threatening letter. While she ponders the identity of the letter-writer, Mma has a further set of problems to solve on Tlokweng Road. There’s an adopted child’s poignant search for her true family, and Mr J. L. B. Matekoni’s pursuit of an expensive miracle for their own foster daughter, Motholeli.
But there are very few problems that cannot be solved with kindness, and very few dry seasons that do not end with welcome rain.
“Written with grace and charm, just like the earlier books. But it is also strengthened by a new gravity: the message that Western nations—which tend to regard Africa as a hopeless mess— have in fact much to learn from Botswana and from its miracle of ‘belonging’. The ‘holding of hands, human hand in human hand’, urges McCall Smith, ‘could help, could make the world seem less broken'”
“[As] enjoyable as the first… The pleasure of these sweet books lies in the clarity and gravity with which the characters reason through everyday dilemmas”