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Tears of the Giraffe (original 2000; edition 2003)

by Alexander McCall Smith, Lisette Lecat (Narrator)

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Title:Tears of the Giraffe
Authors:Alexander McCall Smith
Other authors:Lisette Lecat (Narrator)
Info:Recorded Books (2003), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
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Mma Ramotswe is on the case again in the second in the series of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. This time around there is a romantic interest for her. A certain Mr. J.L.B Matekoni has asked her to marry him. She must weigh all the options of the offer while trying to find out what a wayward wife has been up to, why a maid winds up in jail and how the lives of two orphans will affect her possible new life as a wife.

Working in her calm and methodical way, Mma Ramotswe ties up all the threads. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Jun 23, 2016 |
Lisette Lecat
  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
Super fast read that lives up to the expectations of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. The mysteries are interesting, the lady detective and her favorite mechanic get closer, bad guys get what they deserve, and good, brave children get what they deserve too. Very satisfying. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
Precious Ramotswe and J L B Matekoni continue their adventures in book # 2 of this series. She is the "Miss Marple" of Botswana. Just a delight to read. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 26, 2016 |
After reading the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency a couple of years ago, I accumulated a few of these, and went through 6 in less than a month. They're very quick reads - I read 2 and part-of-a-third in one day.

They're very entertaining, charming, and compulsively readable. Although marketed as mysteries; they're not, really. Rather they follow Mma Ramotswe and those around her through their daily lives - it's almost besides-the-point that the business she runs is a detective agency. The stories are suffused with McCall-Smith's obvious sincere love of Africa (where he grew up), and the reader feels that a genuine window has opened up into the lives and mindsets of ordinary Africans. I don't agree with many aspects of Precious Ramotswe's view on the world, and I probably wouldn't get along with her in real life - but these books made me feel like I might understand people like her more than before.

However... there's also a weird aspect to the books. They're so relentlessly cozy. It's not that McCall-Smith ignores the poverty, the devastation of AIDS, the lack of education, etc... these things are acknowledged, but then almost swept to the side. On the one hand, it's a celebration of the spirit of the people of Botswana and their love of their homeland... but on the other hand, it sometimes feels like a minimization of these things. It's not just larger social issues: there's domestic abuse, adultery, etc... all the normal foibles of humanity (although all reference to sex of any kind are totally non-existent)- but all the unpleasant things somehow get almost drowned out in the cozy, feel-good atmosphere of the books. Maybe it's just that I usually read darker, grittier material [especially in mysteries {McCall-Smith is no Stieg Larsson!}] but it felt a bit strange to me. I can't decide if it's a detriment or a positive asset to the books.

In 'Tears of the Giraffe,' Mma Ramotswe gets engages to a local mechanic, Mr. J.L.B. Maketoni, and next thing you know, also has a couple of foster children. At the detective agency, her assistant, Mma Makutsi, is promoted to Assistant Detective, as they investigate the dissapearance of the long-missing son of an American woman, and (separately) a case of suspected adultery. Mma Ramotswe's unconventional but empathetic methods solve problems in sometimes-unexpected ways that may be for the best.
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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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THE NO.1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY introduced the world to the one and only Precious Ramotswe - the engaging and sassy owner of Botswana's only detective agency. TEARS OF THE GIRAFFE, McCall Smith's second book, takes us further into this world as we follow Mama Ramotswe into more daring situations ...Among her cases this time are wayward wives, unscrupulous maids, and the challenge to resolve a mother's pain for her son who is long lost on the African plains. Indeed, Mma Ramotswe's own impending marriage to the most gentlemanly of men, Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, the promotion of Mma's secretary to the dizzy heights of Assistant Detective, and the arrival of new members to the Matekoni family, all brew up the most humorous and charmingly entertaining of tales. * TEARS OF THE GIRAFFE was selected as one of the GUARDIAN's top ten 'Fiction Paperbacks of the Year, 2000

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Mma "Precious" Ramotswe is now engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, the kind owner of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. This new development provokes a hostile reaction from Mr. Matekoni's unscrupulous maid, who quickly begins plotting the disintegration of the engagement. Despite all this, duty calls, and Mma Ramotswe is asked to help find an American woman's son who has been missing in Africa for 10 years.… (more)

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