|Alexander McCall Smith.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||256 / 2002|
The first tale in Alexander McCall Smith's cozy mystery series, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency was voted one of the International Books of the Year and the Millennium by London's Times Literary Supplement. The agency at first consists of one woman: the charismatic Mma Precious Ramotswe ("the Miss Marple of Botswana"—NYTBR), who specializes in rooting out missing husbands and wayward daughters, con men and imposters. "The author's prose has the merits of simplicity, euphony and precision. His descriptions leave one as if standing in the Botswana landscape. This is art that conceals art. I haven't read anything with such unalloyed pleasure for a long time."—Sunday Telegraph (London)
The poisoning of the brother of an important "Government Man," and investigations into the backgrounds of the four finalists of the Miss Beauty and Integrity Contest, keep Precious Ramotswe quite busy in this third book of the series, following Tears of the Giraffe. Yet Mma Ramotswe's business is having money problems, while troubles at her fiancé's Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors reveal that the reliable Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni is perhaps more complicated then he seems.